Your closing documents should include a copy of the neighborhood Covenants. Be sure your builder/contractor is familiar with these as they plan and undertake work on your property. The developers of our neighborhood put the covenants in place, and they are intended to protect and preserve the style, design, and overall value of the neighborhood in addition to promoting harmony. The covenants are attached to property deeds, and are independent of the homeowners association. Neighborhood property owners, independent of PFHA membership status, should be aware of and act in accordance with the covenants. The covenants also serve as an instrument to address concerns that may arise, if friendly dialogue is not effective.
Montgomery County's 311 service is top-notch. Use their website or call 311 to assure you are operating with most current information relative to permits, fences, tree removal, and numerous other resources for your project.
If you are building a new home or thinking about doing construction on your home, there are a lot of moving parts to manage. One of them is the continued maintenance of the residence and its grounds, which is a big task – especially when under construction. This is so important to both the aesthetic and financial well-being of all the homeowners in the neighborhood. Property values are impacted – both for good and for the bad – by that maintenance.
And while we understand that you may not yet be living in your new Potomac Falls home (and may not be for some time) due to the construction. We hope that you, too, respect and can appreciate the fact that your new and future neighbors DO live here and DO drive by your construction site multiple times per day.
- Keeping grass and yard - including at road edge - maintained
- Assuring that mail and newspapers don’t pile up
- Ensuring that your contractor follows the guidelines referred to below
- Checking in on your new home regularly to be sure your contractor is complying.
- Talking to the neighbor to inform them of the issue—they may not be aware.
- Requesting PFHA stakes so that your property can be staked off.
- Talking to a PFHA Board member for guidance.
- If all else fails, filing File a complaint with the county; Use their website or call 311.