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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.

How to Enjoy Life as a Member in Your Homeowners Association

March 27, 2017 at 4:00 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Member of HOA

Whether you’re a resident of a homeowners association or a Board member looking for ways to encourage residents to get involved in their community, here are some great tips for being an active member of your Association and enjoying the place where you live.


5 Ways an HOA Board Can Encourage Member Involvement in the New Year

December 22, 2016 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

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

Since a new year is about to begin, this may be a good time for the HOA board to communicate with the Association members about several ways they can help make the community an even better place to live in the next year and beyond. See the list below for ideas to get you started.


Ways to Help Make Your Homeowners Association Community Better

December 14, 2016 at 2:38 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, Member of HOA

Your homeowners association has a lot going on, and that includes a range of upcoming social events as well several important ongoing projects.


The HOA board may also find that the website needs updating, there’s always room for another article in the Association newsletter, and several committees—budget, landscaping, road maintenance and election oversight—are looking for volunteers…the list goes on and on!


The Importance of Democracy in Your Homeowners Association Community

December 7, 2016 at 2:26 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Member of HOA, Elections

Homeowners within in a homeowners association possess a right to participate in deciding what will be done about community issues that affect all residents. By casting their vote—either in person, or by proxy, or absentee ballot—they can help make important choices.


Tips if You're Planning HOA Board Elections at Your Annual Meeting

December 2, 2016 at 3:46 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, Member of HOA, Elections

Is your HOA board ready for the association’s annual meeting? Typically, most homeowner’s association hold their annual meetings at the end or beginning of the year. Not only is it a great way to keep members informed, but it’s also the time for many HOAs to hold board elections – in fact, it’s also the law in many states, such as California.


8 Things to Be Thankful for in Your Homeowners Association

November 21, 2016 at 4:00 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in homeowners association, HOA Board, Member of HOA

As Thanksgiving approaches many of us have many things to be grateful for. Volunteering as an HOA board member of your homeowners association is sometimes a thankless job -- but there are a few things you can be grateful for. Your HOA does good things for the community and makes it a better place to live.


What Your HOA Board Needs to Know About Maintaining Playgrounds

November 2, 2016 at 3:13 PM / by HOA Manager

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

Some associations have extra space for various amenities. Some have parks, tennis courts, or even lakes and water features. One amenity that’s a feature in some associations is playgrounds for children. There are many different types of playgrounds and play apparatus for associations to choose from. Whether your association has had a playground from the beginning or it’s considering the addition as a capital expenditure, there are certain things an HOA board should keep in mind.


Does Your Homeowners Association Allow Political Yard Signs?

October 28, 2016 at 10:28 AM / by HOA Manager

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

Americans are starting to gear up for voting date and showing support for their preferred 2016 presidential candidate by volunteering at campaign locations, watching the latest debates, and posting political signs on their property. This raises the issue of whether or not a homeowners association can restrict residents from posting political signs. Learn more in the article excerpt below and what the law in California says.


Help for HOA Boards Sorting Out Secret Ballots, Quorums and Elections

October 20, 2016 at 4:17 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Board, Member of HOA, Elections

As a volunteer HOA board member or homeowner within an association, elections, quorums, secret ballots and things related can be very confusing. They can even be confusing to those trained to work in this industry. If nothing else, you should understand that not all elections are equal. 


Questions About How an HOA Board Uses the Reserve Fund

October 7, 2016 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, Member of HOA, Reserve Funds

Each and every homeowner’s association should have a reserve fund as part of its budget to plan and prepare for future repairs and maintenance, as well as unanticipated expenses and needs. HOA board members are responsible to make sure a reserve plan is in place for the Association, or at least ask the question about how the Board is planning for the reserves. If the Board is ignoring the reserves altogether, then it needs to actively seek out assistance to make this happen.