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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 It’s Important to Read the CC&Rs in Your Homeowners Association

September 16, 2014 at 2:25 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, homeowners association, HOA Documents and Contracts

Do you remember receiving the covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs) when you moved into the Association? Do you know that they are very important to you as the homeowner? Have you taken a look at these documents lately? If not, now is a great time to brush up on the do’s and don’ts of your community. There is no time like the present to make sure you are in compliance.


Basics of Urban Gardening in Your Homeowners Association

September 5, 2014 at 1:28 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, homeowners association

For those who have green thumbs, but are living in tiny quarters, an impressive garden may seem unattainable. However, many are turning toward urban gardening in their homeowners association, bringing plant life into unique spaces and growing gardens in every nook and cranny. These miniature “Edens” bring great natural beauty and help reduce our carbon footprints. As more people move to urban areas, urban gardens are becoming more popular, and encouraging those who have never planted to go dig in the dirt to see what comes up. While urban gardening does have its challenges, we have a few tips on how to overcome them to bring your small garden into full bloom.


Questions to Ask When Interviewing HOA Management Companies

September 3, 2014 at 1:39 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in homeowners association, HOA Management, HOA Board

Your HOA board has decided it’s time to hire an HOA management company, and you are in charge of the interview process. You know there are probably general questions you should ask, and other things you should find out before signing any kind of contracts. But, you’re still a relatively new board member and want to do this right, so where do you start? Right here. Below are some important things to consider before you hire an HOA management company.


Does a Homeowners Association Need an Architectural Review Committee?

August 19, 2014 at 1:25 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in homeowners association, HOA Management, HOA Property Values

Most homeowners associations have a set of written design review standards and processes. Some homeowners mistakenly believe these standards restrict their freedom of individual expression; actually they provide a framework within which each homeowner can express individual tastes and preferences. The standards have been carefully developed to reflect a balance between individual rights and property values in the Association.


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 Role of the Developer in a Homeowners Association

July 22, 2014 at 1:52 PM / by HOA Manager

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

How is a homeowners association born? Where do the board members come from if there aren’t any homeowners yet? These questions are often overlooked, but it’s important to know the answers. The Association was started by someone and understanding the history of your Association may help you and other HOA board members govern more efficiently.


11 Tips for a Less Stressful Move to a Homeowners Association

July 21, 2014 at 5:07 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, homeowners association

Whether your new home is just down the street in a nearby homeowners association or across the country, moving can be stressful. There’s a lot of work to be done before that final box is unpacked and it’s easy to overlook the details that pile up the closer you get to your departure date.


Selling Your House in a Homeowners Association? Scents Can Help

June 18, 2014 at 4:16 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in homeowners association

So your house is on the market and you’re ready to make a dynamic first impression on potential buyers looking at houses in your homeowners association. Besides ensuring that your house looks and feels inviting, making sure it smells pleasant can help generate interest during showings.


Tips for Saving Water in Your Homeowners Association

June 17, 2014 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, homeowners association

Water conservation is an important issue for homeowners associations, not just because you want to be environmentally responsible but also because keeping assessments as low as possible can help owners be successful in keeping up with payments.


7 FAQs About Doing a Reserve Study in Your Homeowners Association

June 2, 2014 at 9:57 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in homeowners association, HOA Management

“What is a reserve study and how do we do one?” This is an important question that board members should be asking in your homeowners association. If you don’t know the last time a reserve study was done in your association or why you should even do one, then you’re in the right place to learn the answers to frequently asked questions about reserve studies.