The holiday season is a wonderful time to celebrate with friends and family. And while it can be a lot of fun, it can also mean additional traffic, noise and unusual activity within the HOA community.
When hosting an open house or a big holiday party, HOA managers suggest planning ahead and being mindful of others in the neighborhood:
Alert the neighbors. Let your neighbors know ahead of time that you’re having people over so that they’re not caught off guard when guests start arriving and there’s more activity than usual. (You might even invite them to join in!)
Plan for parking. You don’t want to block the flow of traffic or interfere with your neighbors’ ability to get in and out of their driveways, so let your guests know ahead of time where they should park, whether it is in a designated guest parking lot or only on a certain side of the street. If you’re expecting a lot of people, check with your HOA about the best way to handle parking.
Manage the noise. Celebrations are fun, but when music is playing, and everyone has arrived, it can get a little loud. Try to keep a handle on the noise level so as not to disturb your neighbors. Pay attention to community quiet hours so that you’re not in violation. You may want to start the party a little earlier so it wraps up earlier, too.
Stay safe. Help keep the community safe during the busy holiday season. With more people coming and going than usual, it’s important to be alert to suspicious activity and to be respectful of community guidelines.