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Kuester Management Group Reflects on Strategies for Minimizing HOA Noise Complaints

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Kuester Management Group highlights ways homeowners and the board can work together to create a more peaceful environment.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - eTradeWire -- Neighborhoods are busy places. Homeowners are constantly coming and going, and everyone keeps different schedules and has different interests. This can lead to a constant ebb and flow of noise. Summer can become especially loud as kids are out of school and people spend more time outdoors. Kuester Management Group has released a statement to the press regarding tips for managing noise levels with the HOA community to help keep the peace.

"The first thing the board should do is check its governing documents to see what policies are in place around noise," says Bryan Kuester, President of Kuester Management Group. "Rules should be clear and enforceable. What constitutes excessive noise? What are the expectations for quiet hours, and what is considered too loud? It is a good idea to work with a legal professional around crafting fair, ethical, and enforceable noise regulations."

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Next is educating homeowners on these rules so they understand what is and is not permissible, says Kuester. Provide friendly reminders in newsletters, common areas, and social media. Offer recommendations such as wearing headphones when listening to music outdoors, not mowing lawns or using loud equipment between certain hours or considering training to control excessive barking of dogs.

Encourage neighbors to talk to one another and give advanced notice if they're planning on having a backyard barbeque or party so that homeowners know to expect a little more noise and activity than normal. Move the festivities indoors if it becomes too loud or gets late. If families have small children, they can work together with their neighbors to try to be mindful of naptimes or the amount of noise children are making outdoors.

"Many issues can be quickly resolved through communication between neighbors," says Kuester. "Ask for noise to be lowered in a kind, respectful manner and explain why it is an issue. If noise levels violate HOA guidelines, notify the board who can further investigate the matter and intervene if need be."

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The board should ensure that rules are fairly and consistently enforced throughout the community and set a positive example themselves. Work with homeowners to mediate disputes and recognize the difference between a nuisance and an actual rule violation.

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Kuester Management Group works to protect property values and enhance the quality of life in each of its managed communities. Providing a full range of association management services, Kuester Management Group has worked to foster communities across North and South Carolina. More information is available at www.kuester.com.

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