TIPS on curb appeal and boosting your home value
Update landscaping by removing dead shrubs, trees and flowers and replace with drought resistant, Texas friendly foliage and flowers seasonally.
A good rule of thumb is, stand back and view your home from a distance; what catches your eye, good or bad, will more than likely catch the eye of a potential buyer.
- Keep front door freshly stained or painted and always clean.
- Repair, power-wash, seal wood fences and paint iron fences as they lose their luster.
- Replace or repair gutters and downspouts to help avoid water damage to the exterior of your home.
- Replace fogged or broken windows.
Does your house have "Curb Appeal?"
The term "curb appeal" is the most understated term in Real Estate. Half the sale is complete if a buyer decides to go through the doors. Therefore, it is very important to make the exterior as appealing as possible:
The exterior is a strong indicator of the interior. A home that is in top condition will bring top dollar.
- UPDATE LANDSCAPING
- REPLACE FOGGED WINDOWS
- APPLY A FRESH COAT OF PAINT
- UPDATE MAILBOX
- KEEP FENCE AND GARAGE DOOR IN GOOD CONDITION
Major Re-Do or New Construction
Important Information for Homeowners contemplating a Major Re-Do or New Construction:
The Willow Bend Lakes Home Owners Association has retained the services of an architect to evaluate the proposed plans from homeowners when they request approval for making exterior changes to their existing home or building a new home on their lot. The services of a licensed professional will provide the ACC review board with the knowledge to make informed decisions in the approval or non-approval process of architectural changes or new construction. Download form HERE.
Architectural Standards Bulletins
Architectural Standards Bulletins are now also accessible using Adobe Acrobat Reader and the appropriate links below.
Topics covered by Bulletins:
WILLOW BEND LAKES
HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC.
The Request for Home Improvement Submission Form (down load here
or on-line form
must be completed for any anticipated exterior alterations to your home. Please review
the Declaration of Covenants
, Conditions and Restrictions for Willow Bend Lakes, to find
detailed requirements for your project. Please remember that you may be very familiar
with your project, however The Architectural Control Committee is not. Please be
specific and detailed in the submission of your project to eliminate questions and
unwanted delays in the processing of your submittals.
Please make sure
you provide the following information:
- A completed Architectural Control Committee Submission Form;
- A copy of your Survey showing the location of the house, along with any other
structures on your lot, and the proposed structure (including dimensions from the
property line or other structures);
- A description of the project, including dimensions of the project;
- A copy of your Contractor's Bid and Specifications, to include a complete
materials list of the project, including paint and/or sealant color;
- A picture or drawing of the intended project.
This information must be provided before
your application will be submitted to the
Architectural Control Committee ("ACC") for consideration. Please note that the ACC
will advise you of their decision within thirty (30) days after receipt of your plans. The
ACC reserves the right to request any additional information it may need to make a final
determination on your submittal. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and
compliance with the Restrictions that govern Willow Bend Lakes.
Willow Bend Lakes Homeowners Association, Inc. Board of Directors
Important Information for Residents Living on a Lake
Sea walls have become necessary on some of the properties on the big lake (Mariners/Seascape). More lakeside homeowners may also feel it necessary to install sea walls. As a result the Willow Bend Lakes HOA Board has established standards to ensure uniformity.
If you wish to install a sea wall remember that an Architectural Home Improvement Application Form MUST be submitted and approved PRIOR TO commencement of any work.
Mailboxes and Basketball Goals
In accordance and in compliance with the Third Amended Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions several notices have been mailed to homeowners not in compliance with the CC&Rs and Architectural Standards Bulletin relating to mailboxes.
We request that anyone needing to paint his or her mailbox paint it BLACK (this will help to standardize our neighborhood). If the mailbox needs to be repaired be sure it is completed according the guidelines in the governing documents (see WBL HOA Covenants) and if you need to replace it, remember to complete and submit a Home Improvement Form for approval. PLEASE DO NOT START WORK UNTIL you have received an approved Home Improvement Form. If work is done which does not meet CC&R standards, or for which a variance has not previously been granted, you may be required to redo the work or you may be fined.
The Board's next focus will be basketball goals. Basketball goals (permanent or portable) should have been approved or grandfathered by the Board (documentation required), be in good repair, have a net, a black pole, one goal and meet all requirements set forth in the current CC&Rs
If you forgot to get approval and have a basketball goal send in a Home Improvement Form as urgently as possible in order to seek approval and avoid a violation notice.
Your Board REALLY appreciates your assistance in these matters.
Home Improvement Application
WILLOW BEND LAKES HOMEOWNER'S ASSOCIATION
Request For Home Improvement Application
In an effort to provide and protect each individual's homeowner rights and property value, it is required that any homeowner or group of owners considering improvements to their deeded property which affect the structure of a building common to other homeowners, or improvements which are visible from other houses, submit a REQUEST FOR HOME IMPROVEMENT APPLICATION to the Architectural Committee prior to initiating work on planned improvements.
Please download the form using Adobe Acrobat by clicking here
or fill out an on-line form here
WILLOW BEND LAKES HOMEOWNER'S ASSOC.
1800 Preston Park, Suite 101
Plano, Texas 75093
Attention: Property Manager
You can also print the form, fill the information out, and fax it directly to the Willow Bend Lakes Homeowner's Association. Make the fax to the attention of WBL HOA Property Manager at fax number 214-778-0500. Please call the Management office at 972-943-2800 if you have any questions.