Winterizing Checklist for Your Homeowners Association Members

Sep 12, 2019 9:00:00 AM / by HOA Manager

It’s that time of year—you’ve exchanged your swimsuit from long days at the community Association pool for sweaters and scarves just in time to roll down your sleeves and prepare your home for cooler weather. As we watch the warm days fade into the sunset, consider adding the following items to your winterization checklist, and ensure your home is in tip-top shape for the fall and winter seasons in your homeowners association.

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How Many Years Should an HOA Reserve Study Cover?

Jul 19, 2019 10:15:26 AM / by HOA Manager

So, your homeowners association is contemplating doing a reserve fund study. Perhaps you are a new HOA and need to establish and start funding the reserves; or, you are an older HOA that has had a reserve for years, but it is time to update it. How many years should your HOA reserve study cover?

Well, it depends. HOA communities vary in size, age and the number and dollar value of the capital assets they own. They choose different maintenance strategies for short-lived and longer-lived capital assets. Let’s explore some of these issues.

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5 Advantages of Using Professional HOA Landscape Maintenance Services

May 22, 2019 11:20:38 AM / by HOA Manager

Maintaining the common area in a homeowner's association is one of the HOA board's most important responsibilities. Landscape maintenance requires consistent upkeep. It's usually in the board's best interest to contract with a professional company to provide landscape maintenance services in order to save on cost and have consistency within the look of the community.

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5 Actions an HOA Board Should Take to Clarify Maintenance & Insurance

May 9, 2019 8:44:00 AM / by HOA Manager

One common subject that often causes confusion in a homeowners association is grasping the difference between the maintenance responsibilities of an association and the items that are covered by the association’s insurance policy. Often owners and even HOA board members may not understand the differences between these two subjects.

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The 3 P's of Property Maintenance to Remember in Your Homeowners Association

Apr 24, 2019 4:50:49 PM / by HOA Manager

As a member of a homeowners association there are certain things you can and cannot do to your property, as well as maintenance that the association is responsible for. If you remember the three P’s of property maintenance then you’ll be on your way to being a valued member of your HOA.
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How to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in a Homeowners Association

Mar 2, 2018 9:00:00 AM / by HOA Manager

Homeowner associations with common area buildings and structures are required to stay up to code and should schedule their local fire inspector to assess buildings on an annual basis.

One item on that inspection will be an assessment of the smoke detectors. One major safety concern to also consider is carbon monoxide, or CO.

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Homeowners Association Safety Tips for Winter Roads and Trips

Sep 20, 2017 12:00:00 AM / by HOA Manager

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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Hignell Offers Expert Services in Your Home & Association [News]

Jul 1, 2016 11:05:36 AM / by HOA Manager

We want you to be the first to know about some exciting changes over at The Hignell Companies. Last year we launched the website www.ExpertsinyourHome.com, created to make it easier for our current and future customers to see everything that we offer to help you take care of your home maintenance, remodel, and construction needs.

Now we’re taking the next step and launching Experts In Your Home as a full company under The Hignell Companies umbrella!

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Fireplace Maintenance Tips for HOA Members

Sep 15, 2015 9:00:00 AM / by HOA Manager

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. 

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Special Assessments in a Homeowners Association: A Necessary Evil

Nov 19, 2014 12:00:00 AM / by HOA Manager

There is no way to sugar-coat a special assessment. Receiving a notice that you owe more money to your homeowners association can not only put a damper on your day but also a dent in your wallet, both of which the board is sympathetic to. In a perfect world, there would never be a need for special assessments—or any other type of assessments for that matter—but sadly; they are sometimes a necessary evil.

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