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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 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!


Tips from an HOA Board: Protect Your Home Against Drainage Failure

September 28, 2015 at 2:25 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Member of HOA, Resident Tips, HOA Maintenance

The kids are back in school, the air is cooler, the leaves are falling – fall must be here. But, before you can enjoy those pumpkin spice lattes, you need to make sure that you're prepared for the wetter months ahead. Is your homeowners association ready? 


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. 


Indoor Water Conservation Tips for Homeowners Association Residents

August 20, 2015 at 2:32 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Responsibilities, Member of HOA, Resident Tips

In the midst of the state-wide drought, residents of California have been mandated to follow water restrictions. Reducing water use means making significant changes in your everyday habits and routine, but it can also mean substantial savings on water, sewage and energy bills for homeowners association residents.


Simple Safety Tips to Avoid House Fires in Your Homeowners Association

August 11, 2015 at 2:15 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Resident Tips, Safety in an HOA

An HOA board is responsible for many things in a homeowners association. One of the most important is the safety of residents. In addition to just encouraging residents to watch out for each other, a Board can be proactive about educating homeowners too.

A great way to do this is in a monthly communication, such as a newsletter. If your Association doesn’t have a newsletter, consider getting one started and including safety tips such as easy preventative steps to avoid a house fire.


Simple Stain-Removing Solutions for Homeowners Association Residents

July 3, 2015 at 1:42 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, Resident Tips

There’s always a lot of discussion about keeping the outside of your home looking good for the homeowners association; but the inside is important too – especially if you plan on selling your home someday. Try as you might to prevent them, spills, drips and splatters in your house are inevitable. Whether you, your family or your guests are the culprits, stains happen. Most, if not all, are treatable, especially if you act quickly and use the right stain-removing technique.


Resident Tips: Shedding Light on New Bulbs in a Homeowners Association

May 27, 2015 at 3:02 PM / by HOA Manager

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

New_CFL_Light_BulbStandard incandescent light bulbs may soon become a thing of the past. We’re here to shed light on new bulbs being used. Under the Clean Energy Act, the sale of energy-inefficient incandescent bulbs were phased out over a two-year period and no longer sold by January 2014. Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) have become the most popular replacement choice. The typical CFL uses 66 percent less energy and lasts up to ten times longer than an incandescent bulb.


10 FAQs About Parking in Your Homeowners Association

May 22, 2015 at 11:12 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in Member of HOA, HOA Rules and Regulations, Resident Tips

It's sometimes challenging to discuss and answer questions about parking within your homeowners association. While the rules regarding parking in each association are different here are some tips on how to answer common questions.


Protecting People with Dementia in Your Homeowners Association

May 19, 2015 at 1:37 PM / by HOA Manager

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

There are many different ways to keep the members in your homeowners association safe. If your Association attracts a significant number of senior adults, or you know of specific residents in your Association who suffer from dementia, you can help by having a plan in place to protect them in the event they are confused and wander off.