If cutting grass, landscaping, painting, pressure washing, and general upkeep of the exterior of your home are appealing to you, skip this post.
Still with me? Okay then, a maintenance-free community might be for you. While some maintenance-free communities are designated 55 and better, most are not. But because maintenance-free lifestyle communities often have restrictions such as no fences, no swing sets, and no basketball hoops, they tend to discourage many families with young children from moving in.
So in maintenance-free lifestyle communities you might enjoy a little more peace and quiet but at the same time be free to have your children or grandchildren visit how often and how long you like.
Maintenance-free communities are those in which you pay a monthly, quarterly, or yearly fee (sorry, the “free” in “maintenance-free” doesn’t refer to the cost) to a homeowners’ association or resident association, and in return, the association contracts with outside vendors to take care of certain maintenance and upkeep. Some homeowners’ associations fees just include the cutting of your grass and leave the homeowner to take care of other items or contract with vendors directly to have them done. Others include complete landscaping such as shrub trimming, mulching, fertilizing and spraying of the yards, painting, and pressure washing.
Most maintenance-free communities are highly “amenticised”, with clubhouses, swimming pools, billiard and card tables, craft rooms, fitness centers, and activity directors. The idea is that you fill your time doing the things you enjoy, while leaving the work to someone else.
The Villages of Royal Palm is an example of a maintenance free community that you might want to learn more about.