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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.

Why an HOA Board Should Use Caution When Hiring a Contractor

March 30, 2015 at 4:21 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, HOA Contractors, HOA Maintenance

Finding a contractor who will perform quality work at a reasonable price can be a daunting task for any HOA board. It’s always a good idea to use contractor caution and ask for references, contact the Better Business Bureau and your state licensing bureau to see if there are complaints against a prospective contractor. In addition, the following warning signs can alert you to unscrupulous, disorganized, inexperienced or financially troubled contractors who may deliver broken promises, bad work and blown budgets rather than professional results.


3 Things an HOA Board Can Do Now to Combat Costly Maintenance

March 13, 2015 at 2:55 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, Reserve Funds, HOA Maintenance

There is always work to be done, especially in a homeowners association. It’s crucial that an HOA Board plan for general, ongoing maintenance and upkeep. This is important in order to keep the Association a safe place to live and keep it an appealing place to live. Members don’t want to live in a run-down neighborhood and potential buyers won’t give an Association a second look if it’s unkempt, dirty or in disrepair.


HOA Board Checklist: Help Residents Stay Prepared in Cold Weather

February 26, 2015 at 2:47 PM / by HOA Manager

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

Cold and wet conditions cannot only make an Association miserable, but they can also create damage to the homes and buildings within the community. Some winterizing can wait, but some cannot! An HOA board can help residents out by making a list of what needs to be done, and tackle the time-sensitive tasks first. Here is a simple checklist for your homeowners association to stay on top of the winter season.


Special Assessments in a Homeowners Association: A Necessary Evil

November 19, 2014 at 10:18 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Fees, HOA Maintenance

There is no way to sugar-coat a special assessment. Receiving a notice that you owe more money to your homeowners association can not only put a damper on your day but also a dent in your wallet, both of which the board is sympathetic to. In a perfect world, there would never be a need for special assessments—or any other type of assessments for that matter—but sadly; they are sometimes a necessary evil.


How Would Your HOA Board Respond to this Maintenance Scenario?

November 4, 2014 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, HOA Board, HOA Maintenance

You live in a homeowners association and one of your favorite features in your home is the enclosed patio. It’s where you go every morning to sit and enjoy your cup of coffee before beginning the day. As you take a sip, today you notice the peeling paint, cracked concrete, and dying plants. The patio really could use an update. You decide to submit your maintenance request for some new paint, a trellis, small irrigation system, and definitely new concrete at the next HOA board meeting.


Common Maintenance Issues in a Homeowners Association

October 29, 2014 at 8:21 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Responsibilities, HOA Management, HOA Maintenance

One of the benefits of living in a homeowners association is having access to common areas and certain maintenance responsibilities covered for you as part of the HOA fees you pay to live in the Association. Do homeowners in your Association know the maintenance items they’re responsible for and the items the Association is responsible for?


How to Avoid Maintenance Misunderstandings in Your Homeowners Association

October 23, 2014 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, homeowners association, HOA Maintenance

A hot topic among homeowners association members is knowing who is responsible for certain maintenance items in the community, the homeowner or the Association? There are often assumptions on both sides, and when an issue arises and it’s not the outcome anticipated, disputes follow.


Why a Maintenance Schedule is Important in a Homeowners Association

August 11, 2014 at 11:41 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, homeowners association, HOA Maintenance

One of the benefits of living in a homeowners association is enjoying access to common areas such as a swimming pool, clubhouse, lawn area or exercise room. When a resident sees something that needs repair they are encouraged to submit a maintenance request to inform the HOA board and manager of the issue.


The Difference Between Maintaining & Enhancing the Homeowners Association

May 1, 2014 at 1:41 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in homeowners association, HOA Responsibilities, HOA Maintenance

An HOA board has three significant roles: to protect, maintain and enhance the Association. Everything the board is responsible for in a homeowners association can be placed into at least one of these three categories.


6 Big Tips for Small Fixes Residents Can Do in the Homeowners Association

January 20, 2014 at 9:31 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in homeowners association, HOA Maintenance

It’s the duty of an HOA Board to maintain common areas and some aspects of the individual homes in the Association; however it’s up to residents to take care of small maintenance jobs in their homes. Do-it-yourself projects can be immensely rewarding, but even a small repair can turn into a more frustrating and time-consuming job when you encounter unexpected problems. As an HOA Board member in your homeowners association consider providing these easy tips to residents to tackle common household hardware problems that will leave them with a sense of accomplishment rather than a sense of frustration.