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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.

What is a Reserve Study and Why Should an HOA Board Care?

October 5, 2016 at 11:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, Member of HOA, Reserve Funds

As a homeowner or renter in a homeowners association, you know the importance of setting aside a little bit of money each month in case of an emergency. After all, you never know when you might have to replace an appliance or take your car to the mechanic. In order to effectively do this you’ve probably analyzed your budget and determined an amount that you can comfortably set aside each month so it’s there when you really need it.

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For the People, By the Homeowners: HOA Board Governance in a Nutshell

October 3, 2016 at 4:14 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, HOA Board, Member of HOA

Community associations have a lot in common with municipal governments. As members of a governing body -- and typically also members of the homeowner’s association -- HOA board members should meet regularly to discuss and vote on important community issues, like paying the Association’s bills, funding reserves and contracting with vendors to keep community amenities in good repair. The Board makes decisions about these and other important topics using a democratic process.

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How an HOA Board Can Ask for Member's Help as Inspectors of Election

September 23, 2016 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in Member of HOA, HOA Board Meetings, Elections

It’s that time again in your homeowners association – time for the Annual Director Election. To be proactive and try to drum up participation from the membership, the HOA board may want to send out a notice to the members asking for volunteers to assist in this process. The notice could include the following:

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A Crucial Question Before Moving into an HOA: How Much Are HOA Fees?

September 21, 2016 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in Member of HOA, HOA Fees

Did you know you can request a copy of the CC&Rs that detail just about everything you need to know about the HOA, prior to becoming a member? You can and you should! One of the important factors is how much you will be paying in monthly HOA fees.

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How Can the HOA Board Be Politically Correct During Campaign Season?

September 6, 2016 at 3:17 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Member of HOA, HOA Rules and Regulations

The presidential race is in full-swing and everyone is gearing up for the home stretch of campaign season. While some people prefer to keep their opinions to themselves, others want you to know exactly who they’re voting for and why. How does all this come into play when you live in a homeowner’s association?

Firstly, it’s inappropriate for the HOA board to act politically. In other words, the Board as an entity should declare a “side” so to speak. That being said, it can support both sides of the political spectrum by doing the following.

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What to Do After a Natural Disaster in Your Homeowners Association

August 19, 2016 at 11:17 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in Member of HOA, Safety in an HOA, Insurance Coverage

If your homeowners association property has been damaged in a natural disaster—hurricane, tornado, flood, earthquake or fire there are some important steps you can take in the immediate aftermath to ensure your safety and minimize financial loss. Consider the following actions:

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Tips from an HOA Board: What to Look for in Home Warranties

July 22, 2016 at 10:30 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in Member of HOA, Resident Tips, Insurance Coverage

As a homeowner, you probably received a new home warranty when you purchased your home - many owners within your homeowners association may also have one. If no major problems have been encountered with your home, then you probably have not read the home warranty paperwork, but you should!

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How Your HOA Board Can Make the Annual Meeting Worth Attending

July 16, 2016 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, Member of HOA, HOA Board Meetings

Does your HOA board dread the annual meeting because it’s boring, no one shows up, and it seems completely and utterly pointless? If so, your Board is not alone. But it doesn’t have to be this way. In fact, the annual meeting in your homeowners association can actually be – dare we suggest – fun?!

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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.

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Do You Know the Limits of Your Homeowners Association’s Insurance?

June 22, 2016 at 11:45 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in Member of HOA, Safety in an HOA, Insurance Coverage

If you’re a member of an HOA board, you probably know that having insurance for your homeowners association is a necessity to protect the HOA and its members. But do you know what type of insurance you need to have or what the Association is responsible for and what the individual homeowner is responsible for? It can be a confusing topic to understand, especially if you have outdated CC&Rs – or haven’t even read your CC&Rs.

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