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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.

Celebrate a Fun & Safe July 4th in Your Homeowners Association

June 27, 2018 at 1:00 PM / by HOA Manager

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

How will you be celebrating the 4th of July? If you’re traveling to visit friends and family or taking a vacation, bon voyage! If you’re sticking close to home and celebrating with barbecues, bathing suits, and bright fireworks in your homeowners association, there are some important things to consider. If you’re an HOA board member, remind residents of the following information.

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Can a Homeowners Association Keep You From Flying the American Flag?

June 22, 2018 at 10:28 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, Member of HOA, HOA Rules and Regulations

On Memorial Day, Independence Day, Veteran's Day and other patriotic holidays, many Americans show respect for their country by raising the star spangled banner or displaying it in some way on their home or in their yard. But can your homeowners association keep you from showing your patriotism and restrict you from displaying the American Flag?

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How to Minimize Maintenance Expenses and Keep HOA Fees From Increasing

June 13, 2018 at 9:32 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, HOA Maintenance, HOA Fees

minimize expensesWe all know how important it is to try and consider taking a green approach in our daily routines. What if you could go green while also helping the community in your 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.

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[Survey] How Bed Bugs May Be Affecting Your Homeowners Association

June 6, 2018 at 9:17 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Maintenance, Living in an HOA

Planned Unit Developments and Condominiums with attached walls tend to have more challenges around confining issues like infestation to just one unit. Bed bugs could have a devastating impact on these communities and it’s good to be aware of just how likely these critters could affect you. 

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Pros and Cons of Your HOA Being on Social Media

May 2, 2018 at 11:26 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, HOA Management

Social media, for good or bad, is here to stay and has changed the way we communicate.  By recognizing the pros, cons, and legal issues of using these platforms for HOA communication and professional branding,  you can make these tools work for your HOA rather than against it. 

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Have Association Buildings? Save Energy and Stay Cool at Your HOA

April 6, 2018 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA

Common area lighting, pools, club houses, and laundry facilities are just a few areas that a Homeowners Association can find themselves spending lots of Association dollars on quickly. No one likes it when their HOA dues increase so how do you help conserve energy and manage costs?

Energy bills, like the temperature, always rise in the summer. While there are big fixes an Association can incorporate to make common area electricity more energy-efficient, there are also many inexpensive energy solutions, as well as some simple and free steps that you can take to cut down on costs and save money.

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What Do Your HOA Rules Say About Legalized Marijuana?

December 29, 2017 at 10:51 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Rules and Regulations, Living in an HOA

Do you have to put up with the smoke and smell from marijuana? The simple answer is NO. 

Possession and use of marijuana is now legal in California stemming from the passage of Proposition 64. That brings the total number of states where recreational use is legal to seven. That does NOT mean that your HOA property owner can smoke it and blow the noxious smoke into another unit’s area.

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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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Homeowners Association Safety Tips for Winter Roads and Trips

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

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