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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.

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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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Tips from an HOA Board for a Safe Halloween in Your Association

October 23, 2017 at 1:00 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, homeowners association, Safety

Halloween is a kid’s delight. It’s a blast to dress up in costumes, go trick-or-treating, attend parties and most of all, eat a lot of candy. At the same time, Halloween can be scary for parents. Costumes can be dangerous, too much candy can be sickening and walking around at night can be risky, even in your homeowners association community.

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Tips for HOA Board Members to Set Boundaries with Homeowners

October 18, 2017 at 12:15 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Board

As a volunteer of the Board of Directors, you have the opportunity to help the homeowners in your community through issues that impact one of their biggest investments. Unfortunately, at times, owners forget that you are a volunteer of the Board and not a full-time employee. It’s very important to set boundaries with homeowners and fellow HOA board members on the appropriate time to discuss HOA related issues and do HOA related tasks.

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Don't Miss This Free Seminar for HOA Board Members

October 9, 2017 at 1:21 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Board, Member of HOA

Are you an HOA board member? Do you have questions about legal requirements or making sure you have enough reserves for your homeowners association? This free seminar is designed for you!

Join us on Thursday November 2, 2017 at Canyon Oaks Country Club, 999 Yosemite Drive in Chico, California. There will be a Reception from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m.

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How an HOA Manager Helps the Board Prepare for Emergency Situations

September 29, 2017 at 11:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, Emergencies

When people think of an emergency, the first image that usually comes to mind is a natural disaster. But an emergency in your homeowners association isn’t always a flood or fire. There can also be financial or management-related emergencies that an HOA board is faced with. Most Boards aren’t prepared to handle emergencies and can benefit from the expertise of an HOA manager to help them plan for emergency situations. Learn what types of emergencies should be on the radar of your board members.

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3 Common Homeowner Responses to an Increase in HOA Fees

September 22, 2017 at 1:00 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Member of HOA, HOA Fees

homeowners upset at HOA fees increaseWe all have heard the question time and time again, "Why do my HOA fees continue to increase?” Although it may not be news most homeowners want to hear, sometimes an increase in fees is the best way to keep the homeowners association in good financial health.

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Homeowners Association Safety Tips for Winter Roads and Trips

September 20, 2017 at 4:12 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, Safety in an HOA

Do you live in a homeowners association where snowy weather leads to snow plowing your private roads during the winter months? Preparedness is paramount when it comes to being on the road. With an increased risk of potential driving hazards like sleet, snow, strong winds and frigid temperatures, it’s a good idea to think about ways to ensure you’ll travel safely.

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Simple Steps to Prepare for Emergencies in Your Homeowners Association

September 12, 2017 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

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

September is National Preparedness Month. Take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in your homeowners association. According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Ready Campaign, think first about the basics of survival—fresh water, food, clean air and heat.

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How to Handle Neighbor Disputes in Your Homeowners Association

September 7, 2017 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Rules and Regulations, Neighbor Disputes

You have two residents in your community who for whatever reason do not get along. Unfortunately they live right across the street from one another!

Your homeowners association manager receives phone calls and emails from these two weekly. Bill calls to complain about the lights on in Dan’s home. Dan calls to complain about cars parked on the street when Bill’s wife threw him a birthday party (and didn’t invite Dan). 

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Should Your HOA Board File an Annual Report with the State?

September 5, 2017 at 4:57 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, Annual Disclosures

Most HOA boards know that there are annual disclosures that have to be completed and sent out to the membership each year. But did you know that nearly all states also require that a homeowners association organized as non-profit corporations has the responsibility to file an annual report with the Secretary of State? Failure to do so could result in the Association losing its “Good Standing” status.

Many Boards overlook this step when completing their annual disclosures, either because there is a change in management or board governance or the HOA board is just ignorant – but ignorance is not an excuse!

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