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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.

Does Winter in Your Homeowners Association Get You Down?

November 3, 2017 at 3:20 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Member of HOA, Resident Tips

Most of us homeowners dread the end of summer—sunny days, mild nights, vacations, the beach, ball games, picnics and so much more. Although fall and winter bring holidays, homeowner association gatherings, the warmth of a fireplace and football (actual and fantasy), for many people the winter months mark the return of seasonal depression.


How to Save on Home & Renters Insurance in Your Homeowners Association

August 25, 2017 at 3:30 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Resident Tips, Insurance Coverage

Whether you own or rent your home within a homeowners association, insurance is essential to protect your property and household goods. Comparison shopping for the best rates will certainly save you some money, but you also can save by following these tips:


Tips to Stay Safe When Lightning Strikes Your Homeowners Association

March 17, 2017 at 2:33 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Resident Tips, Safety in an HOA

Winter and Spring weather usually means staying in and snuggling by the fire, but it can also bring severe weather. Threatening thunderstorms often loom large in Northern California so it’s important to be prepared for downpours and accompanying lightning, which can strike at any time. Consider the following suggestions when planning get-together’s in your homeowners association this season to reduce the risk of a lightning strike.


Tips to Help Homeowners Association Residents Prevent Kitchen Fires

September 13, 2016 at 2:32 PM / by HOA Manager

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

Fire can be a fear of residents within a homeowners association. They can break out in all sorts of situations, so it’s always good to remind owners in your community about fire safety. 

Did you know that nearly two-thirds of all kitchen fires start on the range or cook top? To prevent fires in your kitchen, here are some helpful tips to pass along to members in your Association:


Tips from an HOA Board: Help Residents Breathe Easy in Their Homes

September 2, 2016 at 10:21 AM / by HOA Manager

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

Believe it or not, the air inside the homes in your homeowners association may be less healthy than the air outdoors. Modern and well-insulated homes can actually trap pollutants, thus raising their potential for harm. Several common houseplants, however, can help your community breathe easier by increasing oxygen levels and removing toxins from the air -- who knew?! 


9 Tips for Safe Nighttime Driving in Your Homeowners Association

August 26, 2016 at 12:19 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Resident Tips, Safety in an HOA

Driving at night can be tricky, especially through poorly lit homeowners association neighborhoods or dimly lit landscapes. It’s important to keep in mind a few basic guidelines to make sure you and your vehicle both are well-prepared for the trip. Consider the following suggestions to help get you to your destination safely.


How to Efficiently Donate Used Items from Your Homeowners Association

August 12, 2016 at 11:42 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, Resident Tips

It’s time for some seasonal cleaning in your homeowners association. Out with the old and in with the new – but what do you do with the “old” when it’s not quite ready for the landfill? Donating used items is a great option as long as you do a little homework to find out which local organizations and donation centers are most appropriate for the items you’d like to give away. Use the following tips as a guideline for determining what goes where and how to get it there.


Tips from an HOA Board: Household Products That Protect Your Home

August 5, 2016 at 2:05 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, Resident Tips

Homeowners association residents want to take pride in their investments which can include keeping their home clean and tidy. Here are some tips for common household products that are natural and low in cost and can serve multiple uses for you.


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!


4 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint in a Homeowners Association

July 14, 2016 at 3:08 PM / by HOA Manager

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

There are many small changes you can make to your outdoor and indoor surroundings to adopt environmentally conscious habits that could reduce your carbon footprint. Luckily, making careful choices can be easy with the right tools and information. Check out the following advice for taking a few small steps to a more sustainable living space. Remember to check the homeowners association CC&Rs for guidelines and possible restrictions prior to beginning any projects.