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Home Repair Overview

Before starting any home repair/improvement project, take a moment to consider whether your project will change the outside appearance of your house. If it will, quite likely you will need ARC approval for the project. You can read the Standards Manual to confirm this, and print out the color approval form or exterior home improvement form directly from our site. Often you will need both forms. It is best to err on the side of caution when deciding whether you need approval. If in doubt, ask!

Also, consider whether you will need Fairfax permits -- normally you won't, but ARC approval does not negate the need for them.

For terms that are used with the ARC forms, the Leewood Design & Maintenance Standards Manual defines many of these terms. We have developed a pictorial essay on house parts which should help you. If you are still confused, you might want to look at a not very great drawing we have in our files. It is not pretty, but it might be helpful.

For your convenience, we have also included links to other sites which may offer handy tips so you can do the repair yourself, or lead you to another source of approved contractors.

Happy repair work!

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