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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.

Tips from an HOA Board: Don’t Feed the Deer

July 6, 2016 at 2:20 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, HOA Rules and Regulations, Resident Tips

Is your homeowners association located in an area that wildlife frequent? More specifically, is your Association located in such a location that deer regularly visit your community? While deer are beautiful creatures to admire, the HOA board may want to caution owners from interacting too closely with these animals.


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.


6 Tips for a Safe Bug Season in Your Homeowners Association

June 9, 2016 at 2:34 PM / by HOA Manager

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

Whether you’re attacked while working in the garden, enjoying a picnic in the park or lounging by the pool, bug bites and stings are an inevitable summer annoyance in any homeowners association. At best, bites and stings can be uncomfortable for a few days; at worst, they can be a serious, life-threatening hazard.


7 Great Reminders of Your Commitment to the Homeowners Association

May 8, 2016 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

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

The homeowners association is a home and community. When you chose to be a member, you agreed to some unique obligations to the community and to other residents within it.


Best Practices: Discouraging Wild Animals in a Homeowners Association

April 20, 2016 at 11:55 AM / by HOA Manager

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

Deer browsing in the back yard is charming. Birds are beautiful, graceful and melodic.  Seeing coyote in the distance and hearing them calling to one another at night gives a sense of being close to nature and adds to the feel of your community. But too much of any one thing is never good, and the feeding and encouraging of wildlife in the homeowners association is not in their best interests, yours and especially the association’s.


How to Prepare for Presenting Your Great Idea to the HOA Board

April 13, 2016 at 11:30 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in Member of HOA, HOA Board Meetings, Resident Tips

You live in a homeowner’s association. You have a great idea. You’re not on the board, and elections are months away. What next? Present it. Presenting a good idea, whether to the HOA board or to a boss or to anyone else in the position to approve it, isn’t about them or you -- it’s about the idea.


How Can Residents Be Active in Your Homeowner's Association?

April 6, 2016 at 2:04 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, Resident Tips

Do_Something_Today_That_Your_Future_Self_Will_Thank_You_ForEvery homeowner’s association community always seems to have a lot going on, and that can sometimes include, among other things, a range of upcoming social events in addition to several important ongoing projects. Updating the website, writing an article for the association newsletter, and committee involvement on the budget, landscaping, road maintenance, election oversight or other committees, are all ways to volunteer. What are some of the things going on in your community?


Summertime Safety Tips for Pets in Your Homeowners Associations

March 23, 2016 at 3:28 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, HOA Rules and Regulations, Resident Tips

Does your homeowner’s association allow pets? Many associations do and it goes without saying how much owners love their pets, so keeping them safe in the warmer months is most likely a top priority for those owners. See below for some friendly reminders to pass along to owners in your association - ways to help keep pets happy, healthy, and out of harm’s way…even on the warmest of days.


When to Report Suspicious Activity in Your Homeowners Association

February 5, 2016 at 10:13 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, Resident Tips, Safety

In this day and age, people are becoming more and more concerned about the threat of terrorism on their own soil. Within homeowners associations throughout the United States, residents are becoming more aware not only of their community’s surroundings but also of the persons who live at their community.


5 Safety Tips When Homeowners Association Members Are Out of Town

October 7, 2015 at 2:35 PM / by HOA Manager

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

As the holiday season approaches, people will often be traveling out of town to spend time with extended family. This could mean more owners than usual in your homeowners association might be leaving their homes empty while on vacation. There are precautions that your community members can take to provide that homes are not enticing to thieves, susceptible to fire, and the Association's crime rate be kept at a minimum.