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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.

What an HOA Board Should Do About Bullying in a Homeowners Association

October 12, 2016 at 5:07 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, HOA Board, HOA Rules and Regulations

There’s a lot of talk, along with articles and commentary these days about online bullying. This can take place on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms. It can take the form of inappropriate pictures that someone secretly takes of others and then posts on the internet or just in the mean and inappropriate communications that seem to be an all too often occurrence. But this is not the only place that bullying is taking place. Bullying can and is happening in the realm of homeowner associations as well. In fact, it seems to have escalated greatly in recent years. In what forms can we see it manifested? 

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Tips to Help Homeowners Association Residents Prevent Kitchen Fires

September 13, 2016 at 2:32 PM / by HOA Manager

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

Fire can be a fear of residents within a homeowners association. They can break out in all sorts of situations, so it’s always good to remind owners in your community about fire safety. 

Did you know that nearly two-thirds of all kitchen fires start on the range or cook top? To prevent fires in your kitchen, here are some helpful tips to pass along to members in your Association:

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Tips from an HOA Board: Help Residents Breathe Easy in Their Homes

September 2, 2016 at 10:21 AM / by HOA Manager

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

Believe it or not, the air inside the homes in your homeowners association may be less healthy than the air outdoors. Modern and well-insulated homes can actually trap pollutants, thus raising their potential for harm. Several common houseplants, however, can help your community breathe easier by increasing oxygen levels and removing toxins from the air -- who knew?! 

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How to Efficiently Donate Used Items from Your Homeowners Association

August 12, 2016 at 11:42 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, Resident Tips

It’s time for some seasonal cleaning in your homeowners association. Out with the old and in with the new – but what do you do with the “old” when it’s not quite ready for the landfill? Donating used items is a great option as long as you do a little homework to find out which local organizations and donation centers are most appropriate for the items you’d like to give away. Use the following tips as a guideline for determining what goes where and how to get it there.

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Tips from an HOA Board: Household Products That Protect Your Home

August 5, 2016 at 2:05 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, Resident Tips

Homeowners association residents want to take pride in their investments which can include keeping their home clean and tidy. Here are some tips for common household products that are natural and low in cost and can serve multiple uses for you.

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Tips to Prepare a Family Emergency Plan in Your Homeowners Association

July 29, 2016 at 11:48 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, Safety in an HOA, Safety

Natural disasters affect thousands of people every year, and with the increased risk of severe thunderstorms, flash flooding and tornadoes these days, it’s a good idea to think about having an emergency plan in place. Consider preparing an emergency plan now before it’s needed.

Here are a few tips to help you work with your family, friends and homeowners association neighbors for the best options possible:

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Before You Buy: Consider Homeowners Association Fees and Other Costs

July 26, 2016 at 10:11 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, HOA Fees

Buying a home is a big milestone in life. It’s probably one of the biggest purchases you’ll ever make. It can also be one of the most exciting and nerve-racking! You can avoid anxiety and buyer’s remorse by making sure you’re informed about certain factors that are part of home buying – whether you’re buying a home in a homeowners association or elsewhere. When you’re in the house hunting process, be sure to ask about the following to avoid any surprises to your budget.

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4 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint in a Homeowners Association

July 14, 2016 at 3:08 PM / by HOA Manager

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

There are many small changes you can make to your outdoor and indoor surroundings to adopt environmentally conscious habits that could reduce your carbon footprint. Luckily, making careful choices can be easy with the right tools and information. Check out the following advice for taking a few small steps to a more sustainable living space. Remember to check the homeowners association CC&Rs for guidelines and possible restrictions prior to beginning any projects.

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Tips from an HOA Board: Don’t Feed the Deer

July 6, 2016 at 2:20 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, HOA Rules and Regulations, Resident Tips

Is your homeowners association located in an area that wildlife frequent? More specifically, is your Association located in such a location that deer regularly visit your community? While deer are beautiful creatures to admire, the HOA board may want to caution owners from interacting too closely with these animals.

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6 Tips for a Safe Bug Season in Your Homeowners Association

June 9, 2016 at 2:34 PM / by HOA Manager

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

Whether you’re attacked while working in the garden, enjoying a picnic in the park or lounging by the pool, bug bites and stings are an inevitable summer annoyance in any homeowners association. At best, bites and stings can be uncomfortable for a few days; at worst, they can be a serious, life-threatening hazard.

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