Summer is the perfect time of year to throw a party and get to know your neighbors. The warmer temperatures and extended daylight hours allow for you to expand your entertaining space to the outdoors. While hosting a party is all in good fun, it’s important to make sure you stay within the HOA community’s rules.
Before you put your party hat on, our Florida residential property management company recommends taking the following steps:
- Consult your HOA board
Send a quick email to your HOA board to make yourself aware of noise guidelines and other rules that would apply to your party, such as guest parking. Knowing this information ahead of time will allow you to host a great party while also being courteous to your neighbors.
- Talk to the neighbors that surround your home
Giving your immediate neighbors a heads up that you’ll be hosting a party at your home is a courtesy that will be appreciated. In the event of an issue–noise, lingering guests, etc–your neighbors will be more likely to speak with you directly instead of contacting the local authorities.
- Consider entertainment
If you want your guests to have a good time, you’ll need to plan for entertainment. Depending on your budget, you may want to hire a DJ or band to get the party started; however, if you go this route, you’ll want to have a clear understanding of your HOA’s noise ordinances. Set up lawn games such as corn hole or ladder toss to encourage your guests to interact and have fun.
- Plan ahead for young children
Will you allow guests to bring their children to your party? If so, consider hiring a babysitter or two to help watch the younger crowd. Parents will appreciate this, and having an extra set of eyes on young party guests will help to minimize the risk of damaged items in your house. If you’re going to allow children to play outside during your party, be sure to plan a calm indoor activity such as a movie for your younger guests if the party extends into the late evening.
Does the bulk of your invite list include neighbors? If so, consider talking to your HOA board about hosting a neighborhood block party instead of just a party at your home. A neighborhood block party is a great way to get to know your neighbors better and it helps to foster a sense of community. Plus, your HOA board may be willing to share the budget with you (or cover the event entirely).
Our residential property management company has been partnering with planned communities in Florida for more than 25 years to help curate an exceptional lifestyle for residents through amenities management, events, and personnel. To learn more about the benefits of a residential property management company and how our services can elevate your HOA community, please contact us at Vesta Property Services.