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Old 04-14-2019, 07:40 PM   #1
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I was asked by a client of mine to price out replacing stone siding and trim boards on their townhome. Their HOA doesn't get involved except for making sure things are the correct color.

The potential issue I'm seeing is that part of the main facade is shared with their neighbor. In these cases, do you write up 2 separate contracts, one for each unit? They mentioned they would take care of the shared wall, and if the neighbor wanted to have more work done that would obviously be separate.

I haven't bid this type of situation before, so just wondering what the correct way of getting this written up would be.

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Old 04-14-2019, 08:52 PM   #2
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Excellent question. Essentially the same as a duplex; any interface with the neighbor and you're pretty much at his mercy. I would at the least want a CYA agreement signed by the neighbor.

To be honest, the few times I've encountered that situation, I just went running into the woods.

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Think of it this way... what would you want to happen if you were the neighbor?... then ask for a copy of their CC&R's... act accordingly...
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Check your insurance as well, I would need a rider to do exterior work on a condo or townhome
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Make certain the person you are dealing with next door is actually the legal owner and not a renter.
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The HOA will determine what can be done to change the aesthetics-removing stone falls into this category.

I always include the partition wall/cover in the principal contract. If the partition wall involves removing stone down the side of the neighbor's wall, then I'm at a loss. A knock on the neighbor's door and speaking with them about the work is a good step in determining if they would like work done.
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I donít know if this answers your question or not but I see it all the time on duplexes where the new trim, gutters and roof literally stops at the property line on the unit

The roof shingles looks especially funny when they literally have a new roof nailed up (2 layers) next to the neighbors old single layer. Its just a fricking line of new shingles sitting on top of the building

Obviously the neighbor wasnt quite ready to have a roof done


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I donít know if this answers your question or not but I see it all the time on duplexes where the new trim, gutters and roof literally stops at the property line on the unit

The roof shingles looks especially funny when they literally have a new roof nailed up (2 layers) next to the neighbors old single layer. Its just a fricking line of new shingles sitting on top of the building

Obviously the neighbor wasnt quite ready to have a roof done


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We have a few like that around here where one side reroofed in a different colour. Looks really funny having brown and black weaved together
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I talked to my insurance guy today, he is going to double check on his end, but I also need to see if the HOA needs to be listed as additional insured. That part might be an issue on my end.

As far as aesthetics go, the scope is to remove the deteriorating cement board panels and painted trim and replace with the same. Then he also asked yesterday about replacing the windows while we were at it.

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I donít know if this answers your question or not but I see it all the time on duplexes where the new trim, gutters and roof literally stops at the property line on the unit

The roof shingles looks especially funny when they literally have a new roof nailed up (2 layers) next to the neighbors old single layer. Its just a fricking line of new shingles sitting on top of the building

Obviously the neighbor wasnt quite ready to have a roof done


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I've seen a lot of those, it's definitely some kind of look

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I think it will be fine, as long as you get a signed contract from the owner, a sign off from the HOA, and a sign off from the neighbor.

Checking on your insurance was a good idea. Additional insured is not a big deal. Just make sure to add the cost to your bid. Also, make sure you remove them as soon as your insurance agent allows.
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Hoa doesn't need to be listed, estimate will probably go out tomorrow

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