To Committee or not to Committee?
There are Different Types of HOA Committees
Executive committees are committees that are exclusively made up of HOA board members.
Standing committees are committees that have constant tasks to fulfill. As the name suggests, these committees exist for an indefinite period of time.
Adhoc committees are assembled for a specific purpose and disband after that purpose is achieved.
The Benefits of having HOA Committees far outweigh not having them.
Essentially committees are an integral part of an HOA community. They are there to support the HOA board first and second, they provide services that the community needs. Examples of HOA committees include an architectural committee, a Social committee, and a landscape committee.
Below are some of the benefits of having HOA communities:
HOA Committees Provide Valuable Assistance to the Board
HOA board members are not community management professionals. They are homeowners who volunteer to serve their community. As such, board members may not have the experience or expertise to manage the community. With work, family, and other personal obligations, HOA board members also don’t have enough time to take care of every aspect of the community.
By establishing HOA committees, board members can delegate some of the tasks and responsibilities to volunteer homeowners. HOA committees can take care of the more basic tasks while board members can focus on bigger HOA duties — such as preparing financial reports, taking care of HOA funds, and planning capital improvement projects. With HOA boards and committees working together, the community will be able to function properly and seamlessly.
HOA Committees Utilize the Skills and Talents of Homeowners
One of the benefits of HOA committees is the ability of the board to draw upon the skills and talents of homeowners. For instance, a person with landscaping expertise — who is not seeking a contract for their company — may be of tremendous help to the HOA landscape committee.
By seeking out homeowners with professional training or abilities, the HOA board can save money and time.
HOA Communities Help Foster Community Engagement
It’s important for residents to become involved in community matters. This enables residents to appreciate the importance of certain issues such as maintaining property values and resident safety. Since committee membership can change over time, many residents can participate in HOA communities. Joining HOA committees not only fosters community engagement but also helps the HOA board accomplish important community tasks.
HOA Communities Provide Training for Future Board Members
Not all homeowners will willingly step up to become board members. It’s a tough job, after all. However, there are some members who will not step forward to serve unless they are asked to do so. Some members also fear that they may not know how to serve effectively.
With HOA committees, you will be able to see which homeowners have the potential to become future board members. Participation in HOA committees can serve as training and this will prepare them to take on HOA board responsibilities in the future.
There are many different types of HOA committees. However, a community doesn’t need to have all of them. It will depend on your community’s needs. This is a list of HOA committees and their descriptions so you can see which ones are best suited for your community. So to answer the question " To Committee or not to Committee". Your community needs them.