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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.

Outside Safety Tips for Kids at Play in Your Homeowners Association

August 27, 2015 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

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

Even though school is in full swing, the warm weather and longer daylight hours will still be with us for a while. For many of the youngest residents that means they have the freedom to play outside to their heart’s content (or at least until mom or dad call them back inside). While homeowners associations encourage kids to enjoy being outside they also want everyone to stay safe. Your HOA board can do just that helping members follow the tips below.


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.


Tips from an HOA Board: 6 Ways Members Can Be Crime Stoppers

June 8, 2015 at 4:30 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Responsibilities, HOA Management, Safety in an HOA

Everyone wants a safe place to call home, and your homeowners association should strive to make all residents feel secure. While the HOA board is diligent in your efforts to reduce possible dangers in your community, you cannot do it alone. It is up to everyone to pitch in to keep crime rates down. Thankfully, taking a few simple steps can go a long way in keeping theft, vandalism and other felonies and misdemeanors out of the association.


What’s the Clubhouse Access Policy for Your Homeowners Association?

June 4, 2015 at 4:38 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Member of HOA, HOA Rules and Regulations, Safety in an HOA

The clubhouse/recreation center is the “crown jewel” of your homeowners association, offering a common area where members can get to know one another, socialize, and entertain their guests. In order to make the clubhouse safe and enjoyable for all who use it, you need a clear access policy—and that means homeowner’s must have their association ID to access the facility.


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.


What Does Safety in a Homeowners Association Look Like?

May 26, 2015 at 2:47 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, Safety in an HOA

When you think of staying safe in your neighborhood, what comes to mind? You probably lock your doors at night, keep a porch light on, communicate with neighbors if something or someone seems suspicious, maybe even have a guard dog to alert you of anything out of the ordinary. Generally, safety in a neighborhood means lighted streets, low crime, kids at play signs, a neighborhood watch, or even a security patrol. Safety in a homeowners association neighborhood isn’t all that different, but with recent budget cuts to public safety departments and less enforcement, proactive safety is crucial.


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.


3 Ways an HOA Board Can Keep the Association Safe

May 18, 2015 at 5:09 PM / by HOA Manager

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

It’s the responsibility of the HOA board to protect the homeowner’s association community. When it comes to keeping the community safe, a Board is responsible for safety issues, general well-being of the members of the Association, and prevention.


How an HOA Board Can Prepare the Association for a Flooding Disaster

March 2, 2015 at 4:26 PM / by HOA Manager

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

In many areas, flooding is the most common and costly natural disaster—and it can happen in your homeowners association. Just one inch of water in a home can cost thousands of dollars in cleanup and replacement costs, including drywall, baseboards, floor coverings and furniture. You may think you are covered, but many insurance policies do not cover flooding.


Good Neighbors Promote Good Security in Your Homeowners Association

October 28, 2013 at 3:36 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in homeowners association, Safety in an HOA

 This is a guest post by: Drew Smithfield, a freelance safety and security writer. 

Some of the best security advocates you can find are just yards away from your home – they're your neighbors. Introducing yourself to your neighbors and establishing a relationship with them not only helps deepen your ties to your homeowners association community but also helps increase the security of your family and home.