The goal of community management is to help homeowners become as vested in their neighborhoods as they are in their own properties. To build a sense of community, the HOA can use several tactics:
- Use neighborhood common areas to bring members together – Boards and HOA managers should leverage clubhouses, recreational facilities and other common areas so members can interact and meet each other informally.
- Promote open communication to and from members – The board should be open to the ideas, thoughts and concerns of the members.
- Schedule fun events to encourage members to get to know each other –Especially in large neighborhoods, organizing enjoyable events can promote a sense of unity.
- Persuade members to volunteer by making community involvement appealing – The board needs to communicate how and why everyone needs to contribute to the HOA. It also needs to describe what happens if volunteers don’t come forward.
- Effectively communicate the HOA’s rules to avoid conflicts – Misunderstandings about rules can lead to a dysfunctional HOA.
- Create a welcoming committee – This small gesture creates goodwill among new homeowners and might even persuade them to become actively involved in the association.
Creating a sense of community isn’t just the responsibility of the HOA board. Every single homeowner must work on behalf of the neighborhood to make it everything it can be.
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