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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.

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.


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:


Tips to Prepare a Family Emergency Plan in Your Homeowners Association

July 29, 2016 at 11:48 AM / by HOA Manager

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

Natural disasters affect thousands of people every year, and with the increased risk of severe thunderstorms, flash flooding and tornadoes these days, it’s a good idea to think about having an emergency plan in place. Consider preparing an emergency plan now before it’s needed.

Here are a few tips to help you work with your family, friends and homeowners association neighbors for the best options possible:


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 It can be a confusing topic to understand, especially if you have outdated CC&Rs – or haven’t even read your CC&Rs.


7 Social Media Safety Tips for Your Homeowners Association

June 20, 2016 at 4:16 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Safety in an HOA

Social media has many benefits. It allows you to maintain connections with friends and neighbors in your homeowners association, make new contacts, build support networks, express yourself, and share your interests. However, information should be shared with caution to protect yourself and your family. Learn more in the tips below.


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.


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.


What to Know About Using Private Drones in Your Homeowners Association

October 14, 2015 at 3:19 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Member of HOA, Safety in an HOA, HOA Law

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a drone! Camera-mounted private drones are becoming increasingly popular. However, the technology and problems that come with them are still new, and enforcing this violation in your homeowners association will bring unique challenges, as well as the ability to locate the operator.


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. 


Keep the Home Fires Safely Burning in Your Homeowners Association

September 15, 2015 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in Member of HOA, Safety in an HOA, HOA Maintenance

Do the homes in your homeowners association have fireplaces? One of winter’s great pleasures is relaxing in front of a warm, cozy fire. For most months of the year the fireplace stands idle, and these long periods of disuse can lead to hazardous conditions when members light their first fire of the season.