As you’re prepping the turkey and stuffing and planning any travel to see family members this Thanksgiving, don’t forget to use it as an opportunity to give thanks for everything in your life — including your homeowners association!
Here are five reasons to give special thanks for your community this year (and every year):
The Sense of Community
This one might be pretty obvious, but it’s too often overlooked and not remembered enough. Being in a homeowners association often provides a great sense of community, especially if your board holds regular social events and meetings to bring everyone together. This encourages others to join and draw in quality community members that care about where they live. If you can, even plan a Thanksgiving-themed event in the association that everyone can enjoy before having their personal celebrations.
Many HOAs have their own pools, clubhouses, gyms, and other amenities that normally most homeowners wouldn’t have themselves. Those are great reasons to be thankful for what’s provided to the community.
Maintenance services provided in most HOAs cover areas, such as buildings and landscaping, that homeowners and community members don’t have to worry about. This can save a lot of money and hassle, especially for those who have disabilities or aren’t home enough to handle certain aspects of maintenance.
Most associations have enhanced security and a better sense of safety than properties outside of an association. This is increased when the sense of community is strong. Security might include patrols at night, private gates or security systems, or a neighborhood watch program. Either way, feeling secure where you live is a great reason to be thankful.
Any board member knows the struggle involved with getting some community members to volunteer for positions, so be thankful for those who do show interest or volunteer their time to devote to the association. And be thankful for yourself, too! Being on the Board of Directors is not an easy task, but it’s a noble position that benefits everyone in your community.
Being a member of an HOA includes many reasons to be thankful each year, and taking some time to recognize those can go a long way. You might include some of these reasons in your weekly newsletter to members, and let them know you’re thankful for them being a part of the community too!