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HOA Management Blog

At The Hignell Companies we have been providing professional management services for California Homeowner Association Boards for nearly 30 years. We love sharing our knowledge and perspective. Give us a call at 530-419-6032 if you have any questions.

Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Your HOA

March 2, 2018 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Expert

posted in HOA Maintenance

Homeowner Associations with common area buildings and structures are required to stay up to code and should schedule their local fire inspector to assess buildings on an annual basis. One item on that inspection will be an assessment of the HOA smoke detectors. One major safety concern to consider is carbon monoxide, or CO. Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that can be particularly dangerous because it is colorless and odorless. Headache, nausea, dizziness and even permanent brain damage or death can occur. Hundreds of people die each year from accidental CO poisoning, many of them while using portable generators during severe weather.

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Winterizing Checklist for Your Homeowners Association Members

October 30, 2017 at 12:23 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Member of HOA, HOA Maintenance

It’s that time of year—you’ve exchanged your swimsuit from long days at the community Association pool for sweaters and scarves just in time to roll down your sleeves and prepare your home for cooler weather. As we watch the warm days fade into the sunset, consider adding the following items to your winterization checklist, and ensure your home is in tip-top shape for the fall and winter seasons in your homeowners association.

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What Items Are Homeowners Associations Supposed to Maintain?

September 1, 2017 at 3:58 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Maintenance

Many times, I will get asked the question,” What Does the HOA maintain in our Community?” Usually, this comes with a bit of anger behind the question. Unless the CC&Rs provide otherwise, the homeowners association is responsible for repairing, replacing, or maintaining the common areas, and owners are responsible for maintaining their separate interests and any exclusive use common area.

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Are You Properly Maintaining Your Homeowners Association?

July 6, 2017 at 2:29 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Safety in an HOA, HOA Maintenance

How is your homeowners association holding up? Do you have buildings in need of repair? Has the HOA board set aside funds for inevitable future repairs? If you don’t know the answer to these questions, then it’s time to find out. Why? Because it’s the Board’s job to protect and maintain the association and keep it safe. Sometimes, the safety of lives is even at stake. You don’t want to wait for something bad to happen before taking action, like one homeowners association did in Florida. Read more in the article excerpt below.

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5 Actions an HOA Board Should Take to Clarify Maintenance & Insurance

November 7, 2016 at 4:00 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Responsibilities, Insurance Coverage, HOA Maintenance

One common subject that often causes confusion in a homeowners association is grasping the difference between the maintenance responsibilities of an association and the items that are covered by the association’s insurance policy. Often owners and even HOA board members may not understand the differences between these two subjects.

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Hignell Offers Expert Services in Your Home & Association [News]

July 1, 2016 at 11:05 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Maintenance, Home Maintenance, News

We want you to be the first to know about some exciting changes over at The Hignell Companies. Last year we launched the website www.ExpertsinyourHome.com, created to make it easier for our current and future customers to see everything that we offer to help you take care of your home maintenance, remodel, and construction needs.

Now we’re taking the next step and launching Experts In Your Home as a full company under The Hignell Companies umbrella!

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Enhancing the Homeowners Association is More Than Maintenance

December 3, 2015 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Board, Member of HOA, HOA Maintenance

To enhance something means “to increase or improve in value, quality, desirability, or attractiveness.” In a homeowners association the property can be physically enhanced or maintained, but enhancing can also refer to building community among the HOA board and members of the Association.

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Tips from an HOA Board to Conquer the Clutter Around Your Home

October 2, 2015 at 12:09 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, Resident Tips, HOA Maintenance

Have you noticed that a reminder to owners in your Association is needed to tidy up their outdoor spaces? Does your homeowners association have items stored on patios and balconies that really shouldn't be there? Your Association is not alone!

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Tips from an HOA Board: Protect Your Home Against Drainage Failure

September 28, 2015 at 2:25 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Member of HOA, Resident Tips, HOA Maintenance

The kids are back in school, the air is cooler, the leaves are falling – fall must be here. But, before you can enjoy those pumpkin spice lattes, you need to make sure that you're prepared for the wetter months ahead. Is your homeowners association ready? 

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Keep the Home Fires Safely Burning in Your Homeowners Association

September 15, 2015 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in Member of HOA, Safety in an HOA, HOA Maintenance

Do the homes in your homeowners association have fireplaces? One of winter’s great pleasures is relaxing in front of a warm, cozy fire. For most months of the year the fireplace stands idle, and these long periods of disuse can lead to hazardous conditions when members light their first fire of the season. 

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