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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.

HOA Fees: A Clear Collection Policy is Essential for Your HOA Board

January 19, 2018 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Responsibilities, HOA Management, HOA Documents and Contracts, HOA Fees, HOA

Every HOA's number one priority is the legal fiduciary responsibility to enhance and maintain their property.  The only way to do that is by collecting HOA fees.  That's why a clear collection policy is a must-have for your HOA board.

Sounds like fun, right?  Maybe not.  But the new year is a great time to communicate a detailed collection plan for HOA fees.  By managing owners’ expectations about HOA fees and the need for timely payment, you can help your board (and especially your treasurer) meet their goals and reduce the need for costly HOA fees collection.


10 Questions Your HOA Board Should Ask Before the End of the Year

November 29, 2017 at 12:00 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Responsibilities, HOA Management, HOA Board

It’s important for an HOA board to work on ending the year well. It doesn’t matter if your homeowners association plans around the fiscal or calendar year, the questions below apply to both. It’s not too late to ask yourself some of these questions and make a resolution to do these things in the New Year to come.


7 Risks of Being a Self-Managed Homeowners Association

July 10, 2017 at 4:29 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Responsibilities, HOA Management

Many HOA boards think they have it all together and can easily manage the homeowners association on their own. But can they really? While there are various factors involved when it comes to whether or not a homeowners association can successfully be self-managed – such as how involved the board members are, the size of the Association, etc. – ultimately an HOA puts itself at risk if it tries to self-manage all the components that are part of the Association. Instead of rolling the dice on hoping for the best for your Association, learn what seven of those risks are and then consider where your Association stands.


How Healthy is Your Homeowners Association?

February 20, 2017 at 2:22 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, HOA Responsibilities, HOA Management

From time to time it’s a good idea for the HOA board to evaluate the homeowners association by giving it a check-up so to speak. Consider using the performance measures below to be filled out among board members. Take it a step further and send it out to the membership, requesting their anonymous participation. It may give your Board some great insight!


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.


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.


What Should You Recycle in the Homeowners Association?

June 27, 2016 at 9:12 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Responsibilities, Member of HOA, Resident Tips

HOA board members and Association homeowners regularly recycle soda cans and water bottles, but did you know that many other food and beverage containers and household items also are recyclable? Take a look at the list below for some guidelines for what you can put into your Association community-provided recycling bin and what should be handled by a waste management professional.


9 Tasks of an HOA Board Treasurer

June 3, 2016 at 11:23 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Responsibilities, HOA Board, HOA Accounting

All members of the HOA board are responsible for the Association’s overall financial health; but the treasurer has specific duties to protect the Association’s assets. These duties—and the authority to exercise them—are found in the homeowners association’s governing documents and also in state laws. It’s a big responsibility, but fortunately an HOA manager can help with many of the details.


Are There Exceptions to the Rules in a Homeowners Association?

May 13, 2016 at 2:22 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Responsibilities, Member of HOA, HOA Rules and Regulations

Associations have rules to preserve the appearance of the community, protect the value of the common property and individual homes, and make the neighborhood more harmonious for all. What you may not know is that in some rare instances, the homeowners association will waive some rules and regulations.


Basic Responsibilities That Come with Being an HOA Board Member

May 3, 2016 at 1:07 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Responsibilities

Your community within your homeowner's association is more than just a neighborhood. In many ways, it’s a lot like a business. Collectively, the regular assessments that each homeowner pays amounts to tens of thousands of dollars that need to be budgeted carefully and spent wisely.