Look at those Hard Surface Floors in the Bedroom… Busted!

So as of the date this was written (4/28/2017), the HOA is still not inspecting Brittan Heights units between sales. However, that doesn’t mean that sellers do not have to fix non-compliant alterations. They do look at photos of the places when they are put up for sale. Furthermore, I often see either HOA board members or someone from the architectural committee stop by the open houses. So while there are no official point of sale inspections anymore, violations will nonetheless frequently get noted by the HOA and violation letters sent out demanding corrections.

Recently, a couple places with hard surface floors were put up for sale (my own listing included) and the HOA did send out such a letter to my clients. My clients got their letter before we even started showing the home, so I believe we got busted purely from the online photos of the place. We will of course allow the buyers to add some elegant carpet at our cost before the close of escrow… but there go those beautiful hard surface floors!


  • WOW – I live in a bottom unit and when I moved in all the floors were hardwood with the exception of the bedrooms. The HOA approved my unit before I purchased it. I assume I will not need to put carpet in when I sell it since it was approved – Also you will need to stomp on my hardwood floor for it to cause echoes to my neighbors above – my washer and dryer make more noise than me walking down my hallway. Sometimes we need to remember that we live in a condo not a detached home and we should expect some normal “day-to-day” noise – be it doors closing, windows closing, kids running up and down the stairs or my upstairs neighbor vacuuming her carpets.

  • There is a very good reason for HOA’s not allowing hardwood floors because it is the cause for the Number 1 complaint here in Brittan Heights – noise! And I mean NOISE! Even with the allowed mitigations the noise is incredibly persistent. Also, in first floor locations where there is no one beneath, hardwood floors and/or tiled floors cause echoes which plague the unit above, unless they are heavily muffled by carpets and curtains.
    We absolutely love our condo and the incredible nature all around it, but if we had known what we know now, we would have completely sound-proofed ceilings and floors prior to move-in.

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