EXTERIOR CHANGES What do I have to do if I want to make changes to my residence and or landscaping? Answer: Download a copy of the form “Request for Approval from the Architectural Control Committee” by clicking on “Architectual Control Comittee” or call our Association Management Company and ask for an Architectural Request Form - 717-824-3071. A copy will be mailed to you to fill in with your request and when completed and approved, this request is stored in your resident file.
Why do we need to ask permission to make changes to our property? Answer: The Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions to the Declaration describes what we as an Association member may and may not do to our residences and lots. Because we all have our own ideas of what looks good and what doesn’t, and due to the townhouses being connected, it is important for us all to have guidelines that benefit all residents, so as not to interfere in your neighbors quiet enjoyment of their property and to maintain the value of the community.
How does the Association keep our records and information? Answer: The Association has a storage unit rented in a climate-controlled building. All our prior and future records are and will be filed in this unit.
AWNING Am I permitted to install an awning? Answer: Yes, with Architectural Control Committee Approval. Either stationary or retractable awnings are permitted. Retractable awnings must be installed under the soffit and not on the roof and must have a wind sensor attached. Colors are personal choice with guidelines matching the neighborhood colors.
Note: One of the reasons for awnings to be installed under the soffit and not on the roof is to safeguard your neighbor’s roof, in the event windstorm causes damage and also compromises your neighbors adjoining roof. For all Architectural requests, Call the Association Management Company at 717-824-3071 and you will be sent a form titled; Request For Approval from the Architectural Control Committee. After the Architectural Control Committee has visited your property and you have been given final approval for your requested project in writing, this approval is placed in the Administrative Office file where a permanent record of all additions, replacements are logged.
COUPON BOOKS How do we obtain coupon Books? Answer: Coupon books are mailed to all owners at the end of December. There is a coupon for owners who choose to pay the full year’s dues on or before January 10 of the current year. You will be provided with twelve coupons and window envelopes, so you may send the remaining monthly coupons in to the Association each month, if you do not choose to pay the full 12 months in advance and receive a discount of 3%. (All monthly/yearly dues are required to be paid on or before the tenth (10) day of the month.
Is Basketball equipment permitted on the exterior of our property?
Basketball poles/nets are not permitted in the Homeowners' Association Community. Manor Township does not permit them in the road right of way. The Homeowners' Association does not permit them due to noise (Article II Section 2.1 (k), the close proximity to neighbor's town homes, and potential damage to parked vehicles
DECK If I want to enlarge my deck or replace it, what steps do I take? Answer: You may need a building permit from Manor Township.
Call Manor Township at (717) 397-4769. You also need to call Esquire Association Management at 717-824-3071 and ask for an Architectural Control Committee Request form, and provide the information requested on the form. This form is also available in PDF form on our website - click on Architectural Control Committee, page 3.
Am I permitted to stain my deck? Answer: Yes - in a brown shade. (Keeping the original treated lumber natural look)
STAIN GUIDELINES Due to the number of color choices, the Board has provided guidelines for stain colors. These colors are on file at Phillips Paint Store in the Woods Edge Shopping Plaza.
If you want a Transparent Finish for Natural Look You may just want to use Benjamin Moore, Exterior Stain, Waterproofer - Clear
If you have previously stained your deck, ask for assistance with the type of stain you should use. You may need to use a semi solid/solid stain. The stain color should be a brown shade.
DECORATIONS Why Can’t I have items on the front of my property? Answer: You may install an identification sign 1' x 1' with your name or with the number of your residence on. Due to the variety of imaginative and decorative items on the market, the Architectural Control Committee is charged with keeping the exterior front of all our buildings attractive. Since each Owner has their own idea of what is acceptable and attractive and what is not, the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions takes care of what we may and may not do to our properties. The Architectural Control Committee has been given the authority to make decisions in the best interests of the community. Call the Management Company 717-824-3071 for any questions, and your inquiries will be forwarded to the Board or Architectural Control Committee members.
During the Christmas Season are Christmas Decorations permitted? Answer: Christmas decorations/lights/wreaths are permitted throughout the Christmas season. Please wait until after Thanksgiving to install your decorations depending on weather conditions. This allows for our lawn contractor to finish final clean-up of the community. All decorations/lights are requested to be removed on or before January 15 following the Christmas season.
Are we permitted to hang Decorative Wreaths on the Front Door? Seasonal decorative wreaths may be hung on the front door of the residence, but not on any other part of the exterior of the building. (With the exception of the Christmas Season - Christmas Wreaths may be hung on the front door from Thanksgiving thru January 15 of the New Year). If you share a Courtyard with another owner, your decorations should not impact your neighbor's quiet enjoyment of their property.
DRIVEWAY May I have my driveway coated? Answer: Yes - If you share a common driveway, please encourage your neighbor to coat their driveway at the same time. You do not need Architectural Control Committee approval to coat the driveway unless it is being replaced.
FLAGS Are we allowed to hang the USA Flag? Answer: Yes, the Rules and Regulations regarding the procedure as it pertains to displaying/hanging our American Flag is found in the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions to the Declaration. Click on ACC (Architectural Control Committee).
Are we allowed to install Hot Tubs on our Patios?
Due to the side lot setback requirements by Manor Township from the neighbor's property, the safety factor, noise potential from the equipment - (Article II, Section 2.1 (k). Hot Tubs are not permitted to be installed at any town home in the Woods Edge, Sutherland Homeowners' Association.
LANDSCAPING Why do I have to install a mulch area around any raised brick/wood/block decorative border around my landscaping? Answer: To keep our mowing costs down. It allows the mowers to move around your landscaping without damaging the pavers/bricks or the mower blades and most importantly cuts the Association trimming costs helping to keep your dues affordable.
LIGHTS Are we allowed to change our light fixtures on the exterior of our property? Answer: Yes, Call (717) 824-3071 and ask the Association’s Management Company to send you the form; Request for Approval from the Architectural Control Committee, or download a copy from the Association’s web site. Provide a Brochure of the lights you would like to have installed. Owner’s may choose the design, and the Architectural Control Committee will review your request and provide approval, provided the design meets the specifications for the HOA.
PETS How many animals may I have? Answer: In the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions of Wood’s Edge, it states TWO Domestic pets per dwelling unit.
PARKING Why are residents not permitted to park trucks/cars in parking spaces for more than 24 hours? Answer: The rules and regulations state that no vehicle is permitted to park in the common parking spaces for more than 24 hours on a regular or recurring basis. (Article 11 (j). The parking spaces are for resident’s daily use, should not be taken up with stored vehicles and trucks, so residents may park their vehicles off the street. Owners or visitors vehicles parked in driveways or common parking spaces should not block any of the community sidewalks or block their neighbor's driveways.
RESALE BOOK & COUPONS May I give the original RESALE BOOK or unused COUPONS to the new buyers when I sell my residence? Answer: No... You need to call our Management Company for the Association and order a new copy as the financial figures and other pages may have changed and you need a current copy. New Owners will have a new Account Number.
SATELLITE DISH Are we allowed Satellite dishes? Answer: Yes, Call at 717-824-3071 and ask the Association’s Management Company to send you the form; Request for Approval from the Architectural Control Committee, or download a copy from the Association’s web site. Satellite dishes are permitted and every attempt is made to install them to the rear or tucked under the roof, in rare cases when there is no reception other than the current site, both the resident and Architectural Control Committee work with the contractor in these instances to define the best location.
TREES May I take a tree down that has grown too big, has compromised my driveway with the roots or is dead? Answer: Yes, Call the Association Management Company at 717-824-3071 and arrangements will be made to have the Architectural Control Committee look at the tree with you to make sure it is not a shared tree with your neighbor. If you remove a tree, you are required to replace the tree, however, it may be planted in another area on your lot. UTILITY COMPANIES MUST BE CALLED TO FLAG THE UTILITIES PRIOR TO ANY TREE REMOVAL.
If you are going to replace the tree, you may want to check with the nursery to select a replacement, provide the projected height and width to the Architectural Control Committee, in order to ensure it will not grow too big and affect your neighbor, or the driveway or our Association Budget.
COMMERCIAL VEHICLES Why am I unable to park my commercial vehicle in my driveway? Answer: This is a residential community and Article 11 Section 2.1 (j) of the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions of Wood’s Edge, prohibits parking of commercial vehicles in the community, unless making a delivery.
WINDOWS If I want to replace my windows, what steps do I have to take? Answer: Provide the Architectural Control Committee with the make and any brochure showing the window designs. The new windows must match the design you are replacing, including color. These improvements are recorded in your Association file. Note: If your windows have lost their seal, you may be able to receive replacements if they are still under warranty and just pay shipping costs.
SELLING YOUR HOME What do I have to do if I decide to sell my home? Answer: 1. Contact the Association Management Company - Call... 717-824-3071 and notify the Association’s Management Company you are putting your house up for sale. You will be directed to the Web Site and ReSale Documents.
2. When you receive an Agreement of Sale on your residence from a buyer, you will contact the Association and request a “RESALE CERTIFICATE.” The Resale Documents and Information may be downloaded from the following Web Site; www.esqmanagement.com. The By-Laws, Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions for Wood’s Edge, Rules and Regulations, a financial statement for the Association, and other important documents for the Buyer(s) to read. This is mandatory when you are selling a townhouse. The Seller has 15 days to contact the Association to order the Resale Packet and provide this to the Buyer. This is referenced on the Agreement of Sale. Also provided to the closing company for the buyer - an invoice with the fees for the ReSale book and dues/reserve fees to be prorated for settlement. This will be given to the settlement officer and paid to the Association from your (Seller) proceeds. The Resale Packet contains important documents for the Buyer(s) to read.
3. If you purchased your home prior to January 2014, your initial reserve fee will be refunded to you. Advise your real estate agent to check with the Homeowners' Association Administrative Assistant. This amount will be entered as a credit to you on your HUD1 settlement sheet you will sign at your settlement. The Buyer will show a debit on the Buyer’s side of the HUD1 Settlement sheet for the current reserve fee. Reserve fees paid by Buyers, who purchase Town Homes after January 1, 2014 will not be refunded. These funds will be held to offset any major expenses, such as pond maintenance, common lot sidewalks and any other emergency expenses.
4. When you settle on your property, if you have paid your dues in advance, or settle during the middle of the month, your dues will be pro-rated and the Settlement company will prorate any monies refunded to you the Seller, or to be paid by the buyer.
5. When you are ready to move, you do not need to pass on any unused coupons for dues payment. The buyers will receive a new account number and new coupons for monthly dues payments.
If a new owner has not received their coupons for dues payment - please call the Esquire Association Management Company 717-824-3071, they will give you information to pay the remaining payments for the year.
New Coupon books are mailed to all residents during December. You will be given an opportunity to pay the full new year's dues on or before January 10th and receive a 3% discount.