Cindy Littrell
Cindy Littrell

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The Importance of Hiring Licensed Contractors for Your Homeowners Association

The Hignell Companies
July 22, 2013

road sign mistakeOne of the stated goals of a homeowners association is to oversee the upkeep of common areas in the community, such as clubhouses, pools, fitness rooms, and parks. When choosing contractors to maintain and repair community property it is imperative to choose a licensed contractor to perform the work. Unlicensed contractors put the homeowners association at risk for a myriad of problems that could arise.

Why Would an HOA Board Even Consider Unlicensed Contractors?

The general reason for hiring an unlicensed contractor to do work is because they are generally cheaper than licensed ones. These contractors don't pay licensing fees, pay bonds to protect their work and generally don't have liability or worker's compensation insurance. Their cheaper rates may not provide the Association with the best value for the money and may cost tons of dollars in the long run. Read more »

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The Windmill Farm Community in Cotati is Saving Water and Money after Removing its Turf

Press Democrat
July 3, 2011

Cindy Littrell, owner of a local property management company, assisted the Windmill Farm Homeowners Association participate in the City of Cotati's 'Cash for Grass' turf rebate program.

This program offers residential and commercial customers rebates for replacing water-thirsty turf with low water-use plants. Since removing the turf, the Windmill Farm community has saved more than 600,000 gallons of water and approximately $1,600.00 in just one year.

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California's Carbon Monoxide Detector Law Effective July 1, 2011

Since 2011, all single-family homes in California with a fireplace, gas- or oil-burning appliance, or attached garage were required to have carbon monoxide alarms/detectors installed.

The California Legislature successfully enacted into law Senate Bill 183, which aimed to reduce the amount of deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning. It is estimated that up to 30-40 Californians die from carbon monoxide poisoning each year, which is now being referred to as the silent killer.
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