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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.

Celebrate a Fun & Safe July 4th in Your Homeowners Association

June 27, 2018 at 1:00 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, HOA Rules and Regulations, Safety in an HOA

How will you be celebrating the 4th of July? If you’re traveling to visit friends and family or taking a vacation, bon voyage! If you’re sticking close to home and celebrating with barbecues, bathing suits, and bright fireworks in your homeowners association, there are some important things to consider. If you’re an HOA board member, remind residents of the following information.

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What to Do About HOA Security

March 9, 2018 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Expert

posted in Safety in an HOA, Safety, HOA Resources

Does providing security measures, such as cameras, security guards or security companies, make the association liable for security breaches that cause harm to others? Is there a price for your safety? Many homeowner’s associations hire private security patrol or contract with the city they live in.

Having security or patrols present in a community can help promote a sense of safety and a common feeling of unity. We all have families, loved ones and priceless possessions to protect. To what extent is the association responsible for providing HOA security?

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Homeowners Association Safety Tips for Winter Roads and Trips

September 20, 2017 at 4:12 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, Safety in an HOA

Do you live in a homeowners association where snowy weather leads to snow plowing your private roads during the winter months? Preparedness is paramount when it comes to being on the road. With an increased risk of potential driving hazards like sleet, snow, strong winds and frigid temperatures, it’s a good idea to think about ways to ensure you’ll travel safely.

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Simple Steps to Prepare for Emergencies in Your Homeowners Association

September 12, 2017 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, Safety in an HOA, Emergencies

September is National Preparedness Month. Take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in your homeowners association. According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Ready Campaign, think first about the basics of survival—fresh water, food, clean air and heat.

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Are You Properly Maintaining Your Homeowners Association?

July 6, 2017 at 2:29 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Safety in an HOA, HOA Maintenance

How is your homeowners association holding up? Do you have buildings in need of repair? Has the HOA board set aside funds for inevitable future repairs? If you don’t know the answer to these questions, then it’s time to find out. Why? Because it’s the Board’s job to protect and maintain the association and keep it safe. Sometimes, the safety of lives is even at stake. You don’t want to wait for something bad to happen before taking action, like one homeowners association did in Florida. Read more in the article excerpt below.

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Does Your HOA Board Have a Policy for Home Security Systems?

May 22, 2017 at 11:10 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in Safety in an HOA

home security conceptWe know you want to feel safe at home and you should. Maybe you have tried trimming foliage, increasing exterior lighting and are considering installing a home security system to feel more secure. Before you invest in a high-tech home security system, there are a few things to consider.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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?! 

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