Category: Smart Living Tips

Apartment Basics – Kids’ Rooms and How to Design Them

Designing your kid’s room in your housing society flat can be quite an ordeal because of the swift pace at which kids grow and their rapidly changing tastes these days.Designing kids room

You can implement some of these useful pointers, which will help strike the ideal balance between finesse and practicality for designing a kid’s room.

Space is the Key

Kids these days require as much free space as possible. It is extremely important for you avoid cramping up your kid’s rooms with furniture and unnecessary decorations.

While designing the bedroom, you must have a basic idea on how much storage space you will need. Kids often outgrow their toys every six months and demand new ones. So the designing process requires a lot of flexibility when it comes to storage. You can opt for beds with pull-out bins as these provide additional storage space.

Choosing the Bed

The bed is the first piece of furniture that you should choose. It is extremely important to choose one which is of an appropriate size, keeping in mind that your child will grow at a fast pace.

In order to make the bed inviting for sitting as well, make sure that you install a suitable headboard which is preferably made of cotton or leather as opposed to wood. Install a variety of pillows in different shapes and colors. Installing bunk beds is an extremely practical space saving tip.

Space can be an issue in a housing society flat, so choose the bed accordingly.

Make the Room Lively

While choosing the color, don’t be afraid to experiment. Choose a soothing yet lively wall color which matches with the rest of your furniture. Most parents take it as a given that pink is the color that they need to use while designing a girls room. This is not true.

You must remember that your kids grow out of their phases extremely fast, so try to go in for more neutral colors. Another important feature is the lighting. You must ensure that your room has sufficient natural and artificial lighting at all times.

When you’re assigning a room for your kid in the housing society flat, choose one that has proper natural lighting and finely spaced bars in the windows.

Furniture and Fittings

When it comes to furniture, remember not to overdo things. A comfortable bean bag can be the perfect seating accessory for your kid. Installing a bulletin board is a smart way to display your kid’s drawings and artwork. Storage closets and study tables are essential.

You can install multi-compartment pockets, each used to store a particular item. Study tables should ideally be placed facing a window so that natural light flows in, in addition to a table lamp.

Alternative Hanging Tools

Most parents in a housing society are uncomfortable using nails or tape for hanging wall decorations. The laundry line hook is a practical alternative. You can install one across the length of the room as this gives the room a vibrant air.

Designing a kid’s room can be challenging, yet fun. Keep in mind that your child requires a lot of space and color. Housing society families can take note of these useful tips while designing a room that will appeal to every single kid.


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Housing Society Maintenance – Start the Year Afresh After a Garage Sale

Garage Sale
If you have been thinking of providing your home a huge makeover, New Year is the best time to do so. Remove the thought from your mind that it will cost you a bomb; denial won’t help you achieving the makeover you want. Re-invent your home by deciding the perfect theme you want for the rooms.

To carry out a successful garage sale you need to first figure out what you do not need, that is, the items you need to dispose off. There can be many things in your house that are cluttering up your home space unnecessarily and do not have much use such as old boxes, extra clothes, unused furniture or more. Here’s a list on what can be thrown out.

The unused stuff above the shelves and beneath the beds, storage spots in the backyard; every place that has been cluttered with household items needs to be figured out.

Things to Do

  • Clean all the items you plan to sell out so that it is presentable and neat.
  • Check the online sources such as eBay on how much they are selling the same items for. Always remember that people want garage sales to be way cheaper than the others.
  • Price everything decently with clear labels on each of them.
  • You can use stickers in case you are pricing everything individually. Make different labels of the prices and put the items having the similar price range at a same place.
  • Make signs to direct people to the right spot when you put up a garage sale. But make sure you do not put them up before you have organized the sale.
  • Maintain a cash notebook and note down what you have sold and for what amount.
  • Keep a change bag with you, which you can clip on yourself.
  • Get packaging material such as boxes, plastic bags and other basic amenities so that you can carry things back home easily.
  • Group selling with neighbours is a better possibility to sell off your old stuff as soon as possible.
  • Make a list of all the people who would co-ordinate with you for the sales. If more people are selling off the stuff reach an agreement on the profit percentages to be shared.

Spice up Your Sale

  • Don’t forget selling drinks like coffee, tea, cold soda to the buyers during the sale.
  • You can add to it with having a sausage sizzle along with the garage sale. This attracts customers and also gives you new avenues to make profits.
  • Cakes, cookies, muffins can also be sold along with the packaged items
  • You can also put plants and pots from the plant cuttings in your garden, for sale. If they don’t sell it doesn’t really dent your selling plans.

How to Present

Set up the yard in such a way so that it’s easy for people to walk around and sell your stuff. Don’t clutter up the space where you have set up things for sale. Make sure you label the things so that people find it very organized and easy to sell.


This article aims at collating and providing information for benefit of ApnaComplex customers and blog readers. While ApnaComplex has taken every care to ensure the information is accurate, we suggest to please use it only as a guidance for further discussion and action with help of relevant professionals.

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ApnaComplex is India’s most comprehensive web based housing society accounting, management and communication software. It is designed to make the life of residents and owners a lot better by bringing in more transparency and accountability in managing a housing society. Check out the features of ApnaComplex and sign up your society today to get the benefits! We offer a free 30-day trial as well so that you can try before you buy!


Housing Society Living – How to Make Your Home More Spacious

Spacious Homes
Having your own home is definitely a priority in life. One of the first impressions while buying a home is that it should be large and spacious and that can burn a hole in your wallet. You start compromising on your shopping, partying and other luxuries when you plan to buy a spacious apartment.

However, when you actually move in to your new place with all the furniture and other storage boxes, the house looks crammed up. Figuring out the right places to store all the old and unwanted items is definitely a challenge. Following are some useful tips on how to effectively make your house more spacious.

Placement of Furniture

The furniture needs to be in the perfect place to efficiently partition a room into two. For example, you can use a big wardrobe to separate a large room into two, which will offer more privacy. A kitchen platform is a nice way of dividing an entire kitchen into a cooking space and a separate dining space.

Storage Space

You can always reduce the storage area by keeping all the container boxes and seasonal items below the beds or underneath the furniture. Buy beds or tables which have drawers or storage spaces in them. You can use shelves and hooks behind the doors or wardrobes to hang your clothes.

Colors and Paints

Using pastel and light colors makes your room look bigger. For better illusion you can use colors like cream, yellow, icy blue and white. Dark colors absorb most of the lights and hence make the room look darker. You can paint your room with light vertical paints to give a high rise look.

Natural Light

Avoid placing big furniture in front of the windows; it blocks the natural light from entering the room. It is always advisable to install high rise windows at your such as French windows to give your room a more spacious look. Don’t clutter up your window sill if you have smaller windows.

Installing Adequate Mirrors in Your House

Placing a mirror in your apartment makes it look more spacious. A mirror reflects both artificial and natural light. Using cabinets, which have mirrors, can be used to store a lot of small stuff. You should keep the mirror at a place where light falls on the mirror.

Electronic Goods

Making use of electronic goods can clutter up your home space a lot. Take optimum care when you plan to place the TV or the LCD in some room. Laptops are more useful than that of personal computers.

Interior Décor

The walls should not be cluttered up with many photo frames and pictures. Using one or two pictures on the wall is a better option. Feng Shui or Vaastu Shaastra can be implemented in your place to bring in a good ambience to your apartment.


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How to Set Up an Eco-Friendly Kitchen in an Apartment Complex

Eco Friendly KitchenWhile setting up your house, remodeling the kitchen according to your need is an important factor. Eco-friendly updates to the kitchen are some of the best ways of reducing power and using the entire workspace. Transforming the kitchen into an eco-friendly one leverages the value of your apartment and also helps in conserving the environment. There can be a whole lot of aspects that can be kept in mind while upgrading your kitchen.

A kitchen can be easily made into an eco-friendly one by using many energy-saving equipments and appliances such as water-saving faucets, eco-friendly lighting and energy efficient windows.

Ventilation and Natural Light

You can save unnecessary wastage of electricity and save power by working closer to skylights and windows. By setting up your kitchen that way, you save a great amount of light. If your kitchen is not well ventilated and does not receive a good amount of light, then you should opt for LED or CFL bulbs. Installing an exhaust fan in the kitchen is very necessary; it fans out the entire bad odor in your kitchen and does not let the fumes stay. This in turn increases the amount of fresh air in the kitchen and removes any dampness. Using daylight controllers and energy efficient bulbs is a great way to save energy from being used.

Making use of Energy-Efficient Appliances

Energy consumption depends a lot on the appliances that are being used. Usually, new appliances always come with more efficient energy-saving technology than their previous counterparts. All modern electronic appliances use considerably very less amount of energy than the older equipments. All the Energy Star appliances use less energy and are more efficient to operate.

Cooking at a Time

Instead of cooking many times, try cooking once. Multitasking while cooking such as cutting vegetables can help you save a lot of fuel and time. Cutting of vegetables into small pieces increases the taste of the dish you are cooking and at the same time also cuts down the preparation time. The USP of cooking at a time is that you save a lot of fuel.

Choosing Cookware

Be choosy while buying your utensils; do not just go for the cheap ones as they increase you cooking time. Low quality utensils take time to heat up and hence consume huge amount of fuel or gas. Try not to use disposable products as they are made of low-quality cast iron, which affects your cooking process.

Adopting a Green Living

Keeping a separate dust bin for recyclable and non-recyclable wastes will help you do your bit for the environment too.


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Housing Society Republic Day Celebrations – What You Can Organize

Republic Day is the perfect time for residents of a housing society to forget their differences and quarrels. After all, celebrating the unity and brotherhood of the country should encourage each of us to follow the same principles. Most housing societies have at least a flag hoisting event on Republic Day. Others have more elaborate functions. What your society chooses to do would depend on the budget – and more importantly on the level of enthusiasm among residents.

Republic Day Celebrations

What You Can Organize on Republic Day


(i) Flag Hoisting: No Republic Day function is complete without the flag hoisting ceremony. The flag hoisting is normally held early in the morning. A senior citizen of the housing complex could be asked to hoist the flag. Organize a choir to sing patriotic songs and end with the national anthem.

(ii) Sports Meet: A sports meet is a good way to get better participation. Most children are eager to sign up and you can be sure that parents will come to encourage and cheer their kids. A couple of contests can also be organized for adults.  A prize distribution ceremony at the end will wrap up the function perfectly.

(iii) Honoring Heroes: Republic Day is also an occasion where heroes are honored. It is a good idea to have a small ceremony to honor those people in your housing society who have contributed time and effort for good causes. This need not be restricted to just society activities. Residents of the housing society who have worked for upliftment and empowerment of the disadvantaged in society can be given a small token of appreciation.

(iv) Fancy Dress Competition: Fancy dress competitions are regularly organized in housing societies as part of the Republic Day celebrations. You can make the competition a little more interesting by introducing a theme – for example, children can be asked to dress up as national leaders involved in our freedom struggle. Other competitions like singing competition, dance competition or coloring competitions revolving around the theme of patriotism can be organized.

(v) Residents Meet: Republic Day is also a time when residents get a chance to network and socialize with their neighbors. A residents’ meet organized on this day will ensure good participation since almost everybody takes a day off work on Republic Day. The Residents Meet can also be used to discuss and thrash out petty problems and troubles between various individuals or groups.

(vi) Cultural Programs: A cultural program in the evening is normally organized in most housing societies. Aspects of life from various regions and parts of India can be showcased during this program. This will help residents of the housing complex to understand each other’s lifestyle and will encourage brotherhood.

The country celebrates Republic Day in order to bring about a sense of identity, patriotism and unity among people. After all, a country can grow only if people have pride in themselves and their country.  The same holds true for a housing society, and a grand Republic Day celebration is a good way to encourage harmony among residents.


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Apartment Complex Essentials – Tips for Organized Moving

Apartment Complex Essentials - Tips for Organized MovingMoving in can be an overwhelming experience. It is difficult to keep a track of everything even if you take time for organizing and packing things. Hence, it is always a good idea to make a checklist that will help you reduce stress and also keep a track of loose ends. Here’s a checklist that can be used while moving in to a new place.

Things to Do at Least 6 Weeks before Moving

  • Make a checklist or maintain a notebook to keep track of all the moving information at a single place.
  • Plan on whether you plan on hiring a moving company or you want to move out on your own.
  • If you plan on hiring a moving company, then do a well planned research on which company you plan to hire.
  • If you plan on moving to a place, which is far off from the current place you are staying in, cross check whether you need any special considerations such as arranging for auto shipping.
  • Make an appropriate estimate of the costs you think you would incur.
  • Run a check on the lease agreement for the current apartment and get an idea of how much you would have to pay to move out.
  • You have to find out if there are any formalities before moving in to the new place.
  • Set up a meeting with an insurance agent and get your renter’s insurance figured out for your new apartment. Make sure you cancel all your current policies when you plan to move out.
  • Prepare a list of all the people who need to be intimated and contacted before you move out. The list should ideally include doctors, creditors, friends, former employees and schools.
  • Start moving smaller items into boxes.
  • Give a notice to the owner of the current apartment.

Things to do 4-5 Weeks before You Move

  • Make a list of all the valuable items that need special care while moving.
  • Donate away items that are not needed.
  • Finish off all the detergent and frozen food items before moving out.
  • Transfer all your newspaper and magazine subscriptions.
  • Inform your employer that you would want to take a day off for moving into a new apartment.
  • If you are moving to a different state, make sure that you get your car tags and driving license updated.
  • Close all the accounts that are not to be moved such as checking, savings, P.O. Boxes, safe deposit boxes, etc.

Things to do 2 to 3 Weeks before You Move

  • Return any library items or other material that you have bought on rent.
  • Make a meal chart that helps you make use of all the food items that is stored in your refrigerator.

The Final Week

  • Confirm your meeting with cable or other Internet services.
  • Confirm moving out details with the movers company that you have hired.
  • Pack all the essentials that you would need immediately after moving in to the new apartment.
  • A final apartment check is needed to make sure you have not left out anything.

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Oota from your Thota – Greening Bangalore’s Terraces and Balconies

ApnaComplex organized the Oota from Thota event on Sunday, 8th Jan, 2012 at Electronic City, Bangalore and here is the participants perspective of the event.

There was a sizable crowd of green enthusiasts with personal passions of greenery, gardening, no-plastic, organic farming and community well-being, bonding together through a common thread on this platform. Delighted to see participants coming from far distances such as Hanumant Nagar to attend the event and that’s true passion!

The pace got set with a talk from Dr.Viswanath of Garden City Farmers Trust – who presented some hard facts on the kind of food that we eat today. The dangers of consuming pesticides-ridden food taking their toll over a period of time was emphasized to create awareness. Though the speech was an eye-opener, all hope was not lost yet. Be it a terrace or a balcony, Dr. Viswanath & Laxminarayanan, also from Garden City Farmers Trust, showed the basic steps of planning for a garden, soil, grafting, seeds, seasonal plants etc. Pictures and success stories were shared on how even amateurs grew their own vegetables like capsicum and brinjal and fruits like the papaya and grapes in as little as 2ft by 2ft by 2ft space.

Oota from Thota by ApnaComplex - Session in progress

Oota from Thota by ApnaComplex - Session in progress

Following this, was another inspiring session from the Ms.Vani Murthy, another go-green expert who gave an actual demo of the materials that can be segregated in our day-to-day rubbish from our homes. Simple things like dry leaves, vegetable peels that can be separated out and mixed with soil and shredded newspapers to create nutrient-filled compost for plants. The difference between recyclable and reusable materials was also spelt out for the rapt audience.

The way the questions and queries from the audience till the very end were answered reflected the passion of the speakers.

Finally there were the packed stalls relevant to the theme of the day. Kids and their family thronged to the tasty organic chaat and snacks stall put by In the Pink. Then there was the unique and surprising flavours of homemade jam from Nature in a Bottle that teased your taste buds – you couldn’t resist taking home a bottle or two. For those looking to start their own kitchen garden, they were spoilt for choice of the garden tools and instruments, and exotic seeds by Varsha Enterprises. There was on display and sale, a variety of very informative and cost effective composting products and solutions from “Daily Dump” right from offices to homes to communities. Also present was Opron Biotech providing digital diagnostic equipment such as Thermometers, Blood Pressure Devices.

All-in-all a very satisfying and different way to spend a Sunday – one small step for the conscientious citizen. Heartening to see the pockets of change and hoping that this cascades into the right direction for Bangalore and rest of the world.

The event was supported by Garden City Farmers Trust, Celebrity Paradise Layout and Citizen Matters along with ApnaComplex.


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Housing Society Basics – What You Can Do To Organize Your Kitchen

The kitchen is undoubtedly the most important part of a housing society flat. In a housing society, depending on the complex, kitchens maybe fully furnished or partially furnished, with modular kitchens et al.Organizing your kitchen

Whatever may be the case, you can implement these helpful pointers in order to maintain an organized kitchen because a well functioning kitchen leads to a happier and healthier family life.

  • Observe Cleanliness All the Way

To maintain a perfectly functional kitchen you should keep in mind that the first thing to do is to make sure complete cleanliness and hygiene is followed within the kitchen.

Food wastes should be disposed off as soon as possible, because otherwise the waste bin will witness rotting and serve as a growing habitat for bacteria and fungus, leading to the spread of food borne diseases.

  • Maintain All Utensils and Cutlery

It is of utmost importance in every kitchen that each and every utensil used for cooking and the cutlery used for serving should be completely cleaned after usage for hygienic purposes. The upkeep of these utensils is also important because many problems such as rusting, coating, drying and melting can affect the quality of food prepared.

  • Assign Specific Spots for All Items

To ensure that you have an organized kitchen, you must keep different food products in designated areas of the kitchen. For example, separate shelves and areas must be provided for dry foods, grains, spices, fresh fruits and vegetables, meats and preserved foods.

Each type of food also requires a particular optimal temperature to ensure that the food is in perfect condition. Generally, meats and most preservatives are ideally stored at a cooler temperature. You can place dry food items in Tupperware containers, neatly tucked away in cabinets.

  • Store Items by Frequency of Use

There are some kitchen appliances or utensils which you may tend to use more often than others. Ensure that your everyday dishes are placed on lower shelves which are easily accessible, while your fancy cutlery is placed on higher shelves.

Aprons, dish towels and gloves can be conveniently hung at a safe distance from the stove. While organizing your cookbooks, ensure that you save a small open space on one of the shelves. You must keep in mind that cookbooks can get easily exposed to grease from the stove or fridge if kept too close.

  • Create a Cooking Space

While organizing your kitchen, make sure that you designate a special zone for cooking. This zone should usually be centered on the stove. Pots and pans should be stored in close range near this area. Stirring utensils, egg beaters and other cooking tools can be neatly placed in a container near the stove.

  • Other Storage Tips

It can be extremely helpful to store snacks and fruits in see-through baskets or containers. While storing cutlery, use dividers to organize vessels of different sizes and purposes. If you want to save a little storage space, hanging heavy utensils such as pots and pans will do the trick.

In order to maintain a clean and organized kitchen, housing society residents can take note of these simple pointers and spread awareness about the growing need for cleanliness in a kitchen. The key to an organized kitchen is arranging utensils in such a way that there is maximum storage space, making it easy to move around and work efficiently.


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Indoor Gardening 101 – Growing Herbs in a Housing Society Flat

Indoor gardening is always a great option, and if you’re considering growing herbs in your housing society flat, there’s nothing better. Thyme, Parsley, Basil, Tulsi, Mint, Rosemary, Cilantro, Oregano, Masterwork, and Fennel are some of the herbs that you can grow in your flat.

Indoor Gardening Tips

The Benefits of Growing Herbs


There are some primary benefits involved with growing herbs in a housing society flat.

  • Growing herbs in a housing society flat requires just a small area
  • It requires very less initial investment and maintenance
  • Many herbs that have proven medicinal values can be used as a part of home remedy solutions
  • Indoor herbs can be used as additives in food  items to make lip smacking dishes
  • The natural smell of certain herbs can be used in aromatherapy
  • You can cut down on the cost of buying herbs from the market
  • Herbs can be used all round the year and for various purposes

There are some points that you need to keep in mind while growing herbs in a housing society flat, though.

The Type of Herb


Choose the herbs carefully as not all of them can grow in an indoor environment. Herbs which grow well in conditions involving less sunlight, air and soil are usually preferred for flats. Some herbs which are apt for indoor cultivation include Parsley, Cilantro, Basil, and Rosemary. Herbs like Chives are not an ideal choice for cultivating inside flats as they possess complex root systems that require large spaces to grow.

Ample Light Source


Light can be either from a natural source, sunlight, or from an artificial source, mainly fluorescent lights. Herbs require adequate amount of light for their growth and photosynthetic activity. Devoid of such light, herbs cannot survive. Hence, for growing herbs in a housing society, flat it is essential for you to choose a place which has enough supply of sunlight or artificial light.

Nutrition and Soil


Herbs require sufficient nutrition for their growth and development. Soil, being a major source of nutrition for herbs, contains all the essential elements that promote and sustain life. Some herbs require scanty soil whereas others require a lot. Fertilizers also provide an additional nutritional boost for herbs and ensure that their normal growth pattern doesn’t get disturbed. When you are setting up a container for growing herbs in a housing society flat, make sure that it contains right amount of soil and fertilizer.

Indoor Gardening 101

Water Issues


Water your herbs regularly to prevent the soil from going dry. However, take care not to use too much water on the herbs. To ensure that the excess water is drained out, choose a pot with a hole at the bottom and fill it with layers of stones or broken tiles.

Proper Maintenance


Constantly monitor your herbs for any diseases or pest trouble. Ensure that the herbs are supplemented with fertilizers from time to time. You can pinch off the apical node in the herbs to get a bushy growth of stems and branching of roots instead of elongation of stems or deepening of roots.

Harvest your herbs at the right time and use them when required. You can also dry and store the herbs for long term use. Growing herbs in a housing society flat is a good option through which you can add a touch of greenery to your home.


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Maintaining the Roads in an Layout / Apartment Complex – Some Basic Knowhow

Proper roads are absolutely necessary in every apartment complex. The roads in an apartment complex are mainly used for traveling purposes, and they also add an element of beauty to the apartment complex.

The Need for Maintenance

apartment complex road maintenance

Maintaining the roads is quite important, for daily activities within the complex to pass unhindered. Well maintained roads in an apartment complex also increase the value of the place.

When roads in an apartment complex are not maintained in a regular manner, the apartment association will have to spend much money on filling the potholes or setting up new roads.

This money, which can be saved through periodic maintenance, can be channelized to various other projects that require attention in an apartment.

In order to ensure that the roads are properly maintained, take up the issue with the apartment association during resident body meetings. While residents can take small steps in order to contribute their bit, the apartment association can get the maintenance team to do the difficult tasks.

  • Residents should be constantly updated about the need to maintain roads by the apartment association
  • Littering on roads should be strictly prohibited and waste bins should be provided for this purpose
  • Stagnant bodies of water should be immediately cleared, especially after instances of rain
  • The roads should be swept regularly by the maintenance crew

Maintenance Measures in Apartment Complex Roads

The roads in an apartment complex undergo a lot of destructive changes, and fatigue cracking, rutting, roughness, weathering, and raveling are common problems that can be noted.

The apartment association will have to take on different approaches based on the problem involved. Crack sealing is a process that’s followed in order to maintain roads and surface treatment can be done in order to prolong the life of the particular road.

This treatment measures should be taken up by professionals, who can be hired by the apartment association. Through surface treatment measures, these problems can be solved.

  • Fatigue Cracks – These are cracks that are seen on the roads due to fatigue.  These cracks occur due to the added effects of wheel loads. Fatigue cracks are a sure sign of the road’s structural deterioration, and the treatment depends on the severity of the cracks. Water and dirt should be prevented from entering these cracks as they might grow worse this way.
  • Environmental Cracking – This is transverse or longitudinal cracking that develops in asphalt as it ages and endures thermal stresses related to everyday temperature changes. These cracks are very small when compared to fatigue cracks, and moisture should be prevented from entering these cracks for them to not develop.
  • Surface Wear – The wear on the surface is mainly due to tire wear and material degradation (raveling). Its maintenance includes removing the surface and/or covering up the surface which is worn. Again, surface treatment depends on the severity of the surface wear.
  • Rutting – This signifies permanent degradation in the layers of the road. This can happen if the structure design is improper or if the roads are overloaded. It can also happen if the surface layer is of poor quality.
  • Potholes – Pits or holes produced by wear or weathering on the road surfaces can be fixed through surface treatments.

A lot of factors affect the type of maintenance undertaken within the housing complex. These include the type of distress, vehicle loading, the general climate in the region, the cost of treatment; the roads expected life, the existing road type, and availability of good materials.

Residents can help maintain the quality of roads within the apartment complex by giving regular feedback on their defects to the management as well as bearing with the inconvenience caused during the repair of the roads.


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