Should you run for your HOA's board?

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If you answer “yes” to these questions, running for your HOA’s board may be for you!

Thinking of running for your homeowners association (HOA) board? Board members have a number of roles and responsibilities, with the main goal of maintaining and increasing a community’s value. Before raising your hand for consideration during the next board member election, think through and answer these five questions.

Do I want to better my community and help however I can? The best board members are those who truly want to give back and help their association. While it’s admirable to want to fix one particular issue facing your community, it’s important to keep in mind that as a board member your job is to serve everyone in your community and abide by their collective voice.

Do I have a special skill that would benefit my community? Perhaps you’re an accountant or engineer or a whiz at recruiting volunteers. If you have a specialized skill you feel could help your HOA’s board and want to volunteer your time, consider running.

Do I have the time? Depending on the size of your community, you could expect to spend one to many hours each month on board activities—whether that’s attending meetings, writing up minutes, preparing communications or researching projects and costs.

Am I willing to deal with a range of personalities? Because you’ll need to. Your community’s members have a variety of ideas, temperaments and personal styles. Do you have the patience and people skills to deal with angry owners, those who track you down at every turn, or those with well-meaning but impracticable ideas? Only you know your temperament best.

Do I need to be recognized for my time and work? Being part of your HOA’s board is often a thankless job. It’s rare to even receive a slap on the back for your time and efforts. If you need special recognition for your work, being a board member may not be right for you.

If you have the motivation and drive to help improve your community and serve those who live in it, then consider running for your HOA’s board. Still unsure? Talk with your property management company and current or past board members to get a better sense of how your board functions and what is required of you as a board member.

This article contains general information. Individual situations are unique.

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