Now that the holiday party season is ramping up, it's time to start planning the festivities. If you live in a condominium, you should always take your association rules into account when making any party plans. The last thing you want is to run into trouble with the condo association while you're enjoying your get-together. Here are four suggestions that will help you avoid holiday run-ins with your condo association.

Get Pre-Approval for the Lights

Most condo associations don't have outright bans of holiday decorations and lights. If your association doesn't have a ban on decorations, they probably have restrictions on the types of decorations you can display in your yard. Before you decorate the outside of your home for your holiday get-togethers, make sure you get pre-approval from the association. Spending a few minutes discussing your decorations can save you hours of stress and additional work if you're required to take them down.

Give Specific Details About the Party

If your association requires advanced notification of parties and other activities, be sure to provide as many details as possible. For instance, let your association know the number of people you've invited as well as the number of attendees you anticipate. It's also important that you let your association know how long you plan for the party to last. Giving specific details to your association will allow them to field questions and concerns should your neighbors become agitated about the party.

Ask About Additional Parking

If your community has a limited supply of guest parking spaces, you'll need to ask about additional parking for your event. Arranging for additional parking will help you avoid complications – and penalties – when your guests begin parking in restricted areas. Once you're provided additional spaces, be sure to mark the areas so that your guests will know where to park.

Talk to Your Neighbors

If you're planning to have your party run late into the evening or you're thinking about taking your activities outdoors, it's a good idea to talk to your neighbors. Let them know that you're planning a get-together at your home and what some of your planned activities will be. Your neighbors will be less likely to complain to the condo association if they know what to expect in advance.

If you're planning a holiday party, don't run into problems with your condo association. The tips provided here will help you stay in good standing. For more information, contact local professionals like MacPherson's  Property Management.