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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 Importance of Committees in a Homeowners Association

October 27, 2015 at 4:12 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, HOA Management, Member of HOA

Helen Keller said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” In order to effectively run a homeowners association, an HOA board, even if it has a manager, can’t do everything. It needs the help of members getting involved and forming committees. While the Board is ultimately responsible for the decisions in the Association, it can give authority and responsibility in some areas. The key is defining clear guidelines for the committees and getting people involved in areas that interest them.


Ways to Foster the Relationship Between the HOA Board and the Manager

October 5, 2015 at 3:09 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, HOA Management, HOA Board

handshakeThe most important thing to remember in any relationship is that it takes time and effort from both parties. The relationship between an HOA board and the manager of a homeowners association is no different.


Tips from an HOA Board to Conquer the Clutter Around Your Home

October 2, 2015 at 12:09 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, Resident Tips, HOA Maintenance

Have you noticed that a reminder to owners in your Association is needed to tidy up their outdoor spaces? Does your homeowners association have items stored on patios and balconies that really shouldn't be there? Your Association is not alone!


How HOA Board Members Can Strengthen Relationships in the Association

September 21, 2015 at 4:02 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, HOA Board, Member of HOA

Living in a homeowners association is more than just residing in a structure of wood and nails. It’s about building relationships and being part of a community. There are key relationships that HOA board members can nurture and encourage residents in the Association to develop as well.


How Homeowners Association Residents Can Take Action Against Junk Mail

September 11, 2015 at 3:20 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, Member of HOA, Resident Tips

Disgusted by all of those unsolicited credit card offers clogging up your mailbox? Tired of lugging catalogs and junk mail to the recycling bin? All of this unwanted mail creates nothing but headaches and wasted paper for homeowners association residents, so it’s no wonder putting an end to it is a priority for many people.

While you can’t eliminate everything, you can noticeably reduce the avalanche of paper in your mailbox just by picking up the phone or hopping online.


Tips from an HOA Board: Are You Unknowingly a Noisy Neighbor?

September 3, 2015 at 3:24 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, Member of HOA, Resident Tips

Does your HOA board deal with noise disturbance complaints from members? Noise is an inevitable reality in a condominium homeowners association. Condominium dwellers live in such close proximity, it’s essential that all residents consider the effect that noise will have on their neighbors – especially when it comes to long-term considerations, such as deciding on floor coverings, where to mount the flat-screen television or when to knock out a wall. 


Outside Safety Tips for Kids at Play in Your Homeowners Association

August 27, 2015 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

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

Even though school is in full swing, the warm weather and longer daylight hours will still be with us for a while. For many of the youngest residents that means they have the freedom to play outside to their heart’s content (or at least until mom or dad call them back inside). While homeowners associations encourage kids to enjoy being outside they also want everyone to stay safe. Your HOA board can do just that helping members follow the tips below.


Pros & Cons of Age-Restricted Homeowners Associations

August 18, 2015 at 2:28 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, Member of HOA

When you think of an age-restricted homeowners association, you might conjure up a picture of elderly couples in Hawaiian print shirts and khaki shorts, riding on golf carts, sipping drinks by the pool, or playing cards in the clubhouse. While sometimes this isn’t far from the truth, age-restricted Associations are much more than that!


New Bill Proposes Guidelines for Turf in Homeowners Associations

August 4, 2015 at 3:26 PM / by HOA Manager

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

Does your homeowners association have guidelines/specifications for installation of artificial turf?

Bill AB 349 makes the governing documents, architectural or landscaping guidelines, or policies of an Association void and unenforceable if they prohibit the use of artificial turf or any other synthetic surface that resembles grass.


How an HOA Board Can Fly Through a Fowl Situation in Your Association

July 29, 2015 at 3:47 PM / by HOA Manager

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

Does your homeowners association have wildlife that has taken up residency in your community, specifically birds? Birds are beautiful, graceful and melodic. They give a sense of being close to nature and add to the feel of a community.

But too much of any one thing is never good. Whether it’s a trail of droppings, territorial aggression or destructive nesting and feeding patterns, birds can make life more expensive and a little more difficult or unpleasant for members living in your Association, maintenance crews, and managers.

Here are some solutions to help HOA board members be proactive.