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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.

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. 


Eco-Friendly Lawn Care Tips for Your Homeowners Association

June 3, 2013 at 8:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in homeowners association, HOA Management, HOA Maintenance

Maintaining the grounds in a traditional manner and according to the homeowners association’s governing documents is not always the “greenest” endeavor. Whether it is using chemical-laden pesticides and fertilizer or working with greenhouse gas-producing lawn tools, some methods of lawn upkeep can be tough on the environment. Thankfully, there are plenty of eco-friendly ways to keep your homeowners association grounds looking lush. So reduce your carbon footprint, and try some of these simple tips:


Help Your Homeowners Association Residents Get Their Garden Ready for Spring

March 18, 2013 at 4:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in homeowners association, HOA Maintenance

March and April herald the beginning of spring and it's time for gardeners to get busy. As flowering shrubs begin to bud encourage your homeowners association residents to get their yards and gardens ready for spring by providing them with the tips below.


5 Tips for Keeping Homeowners Association Residents Safe and Warm

March 11, 2013 at 9:05 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Maintenance, HOA

Have you communicated with your homeowners association members about the precautions they need to take when it comes to heating their homes?

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), December, January and February are considered the deadliest months for home fires in the calendar year.  Heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires and home fire deaths. That’s why it’s important for you as a Board member to encourage your residents to take extra precautions during the winter. Below are some tips that you can provide to members and why they are important.


Why We Recommend Professional HOA Landscape Maintenance Services

February 12, 2013 at 2:19 PM / by HOA Expert

posted in HOA Management, HOA Contractors, HOA Maintenance

Maintaining the common area in your California Homeowner Association is one of the board's most important responsibilities. Some maintenance requires consistent upkeep. Landscape maintenance falls into that category and it is usually in the board's best interest to contract with a professional company to provide HOA landscape maintenance services in order to save on cost, and have consistency within the look of the community. While some homeowners might complain that the cost of professional landscaping is unnecessary, we would like to offer you several reasons why we believe that it is worth every penny.


Five Guidelines for Dealing with Contractors in California

February 12, 2013 at 12:20 PM / by HOA Expert

posted in HOA Contractors, Property Maintenance, HOA Maintenance

Is your California Homeowners Association thinking of embarking on a maintenance or construction project that will require the services of a contractor? If the project needs association approval, the first thing before you get to the place of interviewing Contractors in California is to make sure you follow the steps of your design review process.


Five Ways to Keep Your Homeowners Association Green and Help Lower HOA Fees by Kassie Ulen

February 12, 2013 at 12:01 PM / by HOA Expert

posted in Living in an HOA, HOA Maintenance

We all know how important it is to try and consider taking a green approach in our daily routines. What if we could go green while also helping the community in our homeowners association? Residents can help their homeowners association minimize its maintenance expenses, which can also avoid HOA fees from increasing, by observing a few simple green considerations.


Dealing with Graffiti in a Homeowners Association

February 12, 2013 at 12:00 PM / by HOA Expert

posted in HOA Maintenance

Many people would argue that graffiti is art, but when it is defacing property within the community of your homeowners association, it's considered vandalism. A homeowners association monitors and immediately removes graffiti from common areas and encourages residents to do the same with their property. If you've had several incidents of graffiti in your neighborhood recently, or just want to be prepared if you ever do, the homeowners association recommends these steps for dealing with graffiti.


The Importance of Setting Up a Homeowners Association Maintenance Plan

February 12, 2013 at 11:15 AM / by HOA Expert

posted in HOA Management, HOA Maintenance

Have you ever driven through a homeowners association and wondered how on earth the HOA management has neglected to see that buildings are about to crumble to the ground and blow away with the wind? Well, Dorothy from "The Wizard of Oz" didn't see it coming either.