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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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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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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Why a Maintenance Schedule is Important in a Homeowners Association

Aug 20, 2014 12:00:00 AM / by HOA Manager

One of the benefits of living in a homeowners association is enjoying access to common areas such as a swimming pool, clubhouse, lawn area or exercise room. When a resident sees something that needs repair they are encouraged to submit a maintenance request to inform the HOA board and manager of the issue.

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Help Your Homeowners Association Residents Get Their Garden Ready for Spring

Mar 18, 2013 12:00:00 AM / by HOA Manager

March and April herald the beginning of spring and it's time for gardeners to get busy planting. As flowering shrubs begin to bud, encourage your homeowners association residents to get their yards and gardens ready for spring by providing them with the tips below.

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5 Tips for Keeping Homeowners Association Residents Safe and Warm

Mar 11, 2013 12:00:00 AM / by HOA Manager

Have you communicated with your homeowners association members about the precautions they need to take when it comes to heating their homes?

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), December, January and February are considered the deadliest months for home fires in the calendar year. 

Heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires and home fire deaths. That’s why it’s important for you as a Board member to encourage your residents to take extra precautions during the winter. Below are some tips that you can provide to members and why they're important.

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