Penalties In A Housing Society – Effectively Creating A Revenue Stream

The managing committee in every housing society is responsible for maintaining and managing the infrastructure. There is a steady stream of revenue that the management committee gets every month, as and when all residents in the apartment complex pay their maintenance dues.
There are other ways through which a managing committee can earn some steady revenue, so that it can build new structures and improve the existing infrastructure without cutting a hole through the pockets of all residents.

Use penalties as alternate revenue channel

Penalties Can Help In Establishing Order


Interestingly, an apartment association can mimic a government’s functioning and use penalties as a form of revenue, to ensure that its internal processes are carried out in an unaffected manner.

Why Use Penalties As A Source Of Revenue?

Using penalties as a source of revenue can aid an association in two ways.

  • Creating Order: It will help in tightening up the existing system and making the residents more responsible and punctual when it comes to paying their dues. A system where no action is taken on defaulters will only invite more lethargy and bring in complacence. A managing committee can create a set process in this way, bringing in more control and transparency to its administration.
  • Tapping Into A Revenue Source: It will act as a source of money, and in this way new structures that are essential for every housing society like Rain Water Harvesting structures (including pits, dug wells, hand pumps, trenches, and recharge wells) can be constructed straight from the apartment association’s funds without collecting money from the residents. As long as this system is made transparent, there will be no issues whatsoever. Members of the managing committee should maintain records for all penalties collected and how and where the money has been put to use.

Wondering how to easily keep track of the penalties and payments against them?
More often that not, the reason for not imposing penalties in a housing society is the administration hassle associated with imposing them and ensuring a collection of the same. Its a nightmare to keep track of these without help of proper tools.

ApnaComplex’s powerful accounting features come in handy here. Treasurers can easily post the penalty charges to a member’s account and the member clearly would be aware of the penalty charge s/he has to pay. Treasurers can easily track the payment against the penalty. Most importantly, this brings about a transparent way of dealing with situations leading to penalty. What’s more – ApnaComplex being a complete accounting solution – the penalties collected can be categorized under any number of different heads of your choice – such late payment penalties, or common area penalties etc. and all of them would get reflected in your balance sheet and income/expense statement that every member can clearly understand. Absolutely, more transparency.
Yet another instance where using ApnaComplex not only saves effort, but also improves orderliness and even generates revenue for your society. Sign up your society today and get the benefits.

Where Can Penalties Be Charged?

Every housing society has its own set of bye laws, and these bye laws will provide information about the many penalties that can be levied on defaulters. The members of the managing committee can charge some penalties for the following acts:

  • Violation of Bye-Laws – Most association bye-laws has rules on how balconies must be kept clutter free not spoiling the facade of the apartment complex, how to manage garbage, how to maintain sound levels etc. Still, there could be Residents/Owners who violate terms by having messy balconies, cause inconvenience to neighbors with loud music or wood work during nights etc. and association can consider imposing penalty charges for the same.
  • Damage To Common Areas – The managing committee in a housing society can fine people for damaging important structures in the apartment’s common areas. A person who causes any form of damage to elevators, benches, roads, staircases, or swimming pools in the housing society can be fined. Penalties can also be charged for damages caused to gym equipments or library assets.
  • Raising Pets – Though, not exactly a penalty, this is one major source of revenue that an association can tap into. Not all housing societies have bye laws that allow people to raise pets; so members of the managing committee can charge people who have pets in their household (if pets aren’t allowed). A pet deposit can be taken or pet rent can also be levied every month to create a steady source of revenue.
  • Late Payment Of Dues – This is the most obvious and frequently used – Residents in the housing society who don’t pay their maintenance charges within the stipulated time can be penalized, and for this, a deadline should first be set and made public. This will help in making the collection process more effective.

But remember, before imposing any penalties, all the associated rules and the penalty amounts must be proposed, discussed, and voted in an AGM. Association cannot impose penalties with out first getting them approved in an AGM and recording those minutes.


Vehicular Management In A Housing Society – What You Can Do About It

People normally envision a housing society as a peaceful and serene complex, sans the maddening traffic that the outside roads are filled with. This is true to an extent, but sometimes housing societies and gated communities also fall prey to excessive vehicular traffic due to many reasons.

Reasons For Heavy Traffic

Managing the traffic during such instances becomes very important, and proper steps should be taken before things get out of hand. There are certain instances when vehicular traffic in a housing society can hit an all-time high and these are:

  • During the peak morning hours when residents start for work
  • During the evening hours when they return home
  • During any events and festivals like New Year’s Eve
  • During instances when outside traffic gets diverted within a housing society

Traffic during the peak morning and evening hours is understandable, but traffic during the other instances can be brought under control.

Traffic Signs Are Useful

Traffic Signs Are Useful

Steps To Manage Traffic In A Housing Society

There are certain steps that members of the managing committee can be taken in order to manage the vehicular traffic within a housing society. Some of these are:

Following A One Way System

All roads in a housing society can be made one-way so that there is no congestion within the complex. One gate in the housing society can be used as an entry point and another gate can be used as an exit point to make things easier.

Blocking Outside Vehicles Through Security Guards

Turning all roads into one-way lanes will also help in keeping a tab on the vehicles that enter the complex and exit the same. Sometimes outside vehicles may enter the complex looking for short cuts, and these can be stopped effectively. A security guard can be posted near the gate for this purpose to take note of the vehicles that are entering the housing society. All vehicles owned by housing society members can be provided with ID stickers and numbers, so that it’s easy to filter out the residents’ vehicles and outer vehicles.

Providing Prior Information About Parties

Residents can provide prior information about any parties that they’re hosting and the expected number of vehicles, so that the security guard near the gate has a good idea on who to let in.

Installing Speed Bumps

Things can turn worse when vehicles start speeding on the housing society’s lanes. This can be stopped by fixing up speed breakers and speed bumps at ideal spots so that vehicles can’t accelerate beyond a point. Speed limits can also be set up within the complex, similar to the speed limits within the city.

Installing Road Signs

There are many places in a housing society where vehicles should move in a slow manner. Places like playgrounds and tot lots are strongholds where children play, and adequate road signs should be installed in such places. This can help in minimizing the number of accidents and also in managing the traffic well.  Signs can also be provided for direction, so that the traffic flow within the complex is smooth even during peak hours.


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Rainwater Harvesting Knowhow – Structures That Your Housing Society Can Support

Rain Water Harvesting (or RWH) is the latest mantra that’s catching on in every cooperative housing society. Water is scarce, and saving rain water is one of the best ways in which this scarcity can be met and fulfilled. Rain water can be directly collected and stored through tanks during the monsoon season under rain water harvesting, or this method can also be used to replenish the ground water supply.

 RWH Is Important In Every Apartment Complex

The Necessity

Rains during the monsoon are irregular, especially in India. Some monsoon months bring torrential rain, whereas others bring very sparse showers. Conserving water and saving water for daily use becomes essential for this reason, so immediate steps should be taken to capture and store large quantities of rain water.

This can be easily done with the help of a few structures that every cooperative housing society should have. Rain water harvesting is becoming commonplace, so a cooperative housing society with a good RWH system can ward off problem of water scarcity better.

Structures That A Cooperative Housing Society Should Have

There are two ways to store rainwater:

  • Rain water can be collected in tanks and used whenever required
  • Rain water can be collected and redirected to replenish that groundwater supply

The latter option is a better idea, as it will serve the community as a whole. Structures that can be constructed in a cooperative housing society for this purpose are:

Dug Wells

Dug wells or water wells can be used to recharge the groundwater supply. These wells are open structures, though, and proper care should be taken to filter the rain water before it is diverted underground.

Pits

Pits can be used to recharge underground layers of water, and these recharge pits are generally filled with stones. This will help filter the water, and it will also serve as a safety measure. Pits are safer than dug wells, which are open structures and can be dangerous when kids are around.

Recharge Wells

These are forms of wells that are used to pump water into aquifers that are underground. This is another way of recharging the groundwater supply. It should be noted that these wells are also known as injection wells.

Trenches

Trenches can be created all around the cooperative housing society in order to save water. Rather than leaving a trench open, filter materials can be used to ensure that the water which reaches the underground aquifers is clean. Trenches are not as dangerous as dug wells, as these are just a meter deep.

Shafts

Lateral shafts can be constructed along with a couple of bore wells in order to recharge the groundwater body. These shafts are not dangerous as they’ll be filled with pebbles, gravel and sand for filtration purposes.

These structures can be constructed in a housing society, once a consensus is reached on Rain Water Harvesting and its importance. The housing society can potentially enjoy uninterrupted water supply even during the driest summer months in this way.


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Money Management In A Housing Society – Collecting And Handling Money For Events

There are many things that you can learn during your time in a housing society, and money management is one of these. You’ll face situations where you may have to organize and manage money for any events in the housing society or other important functions.

Money Management in a Housing Society

Money Management in a Housing Society

Tips For Effective Money Management when Organizing Events

  • Inform The Association – When you plan on taking up some responsibility in a housing society, you should always inform the association first. This way everyone will have a clear cut idea on what you’re up to, and they’ll also be able to help you out in certain areas.
  • Form A Team – There’s nothing that you can achieve individually, because managing large amounts of money alone can be very hard. Form a good team of enthusiastic people preferably with who are experienced at managing money. Your team can have at least three to five members to make things easier.
  • Divide All Responsibilities – This is the best way to avoid chaos and confusion. If you’re collecting money for an event, assign the task of collecting all money to two or three persons. Use one member in the team as a treasurer, so that he/she can safely store the money. You can get the rest of the members to maintain logs and records of where the money has come in from, and how much is the overall value. People should be entirely responsible for their tasks, as this will bring in some professionalism.
  • Inform People In Advance – Nobody likes being rudely interrupted during their day, so inform all residents in advance that you’ll be collecting money from them for the said event. You can post on your online noticeboard and get a couple of notices printed out about the event and pin these up at the notice board. You can even use your apartment management software to broadcast a message to all residents, so that they know what’s going on. Decide beforehand on whether you’re looking to collect checks or cash and follow a standard format. You can even provide acknowledgement receipts for all received amounts.
  • Use A Bank Account/Save It Personally – You can save the collected amount in two ways – you can either use a bank account to save the money in, or you can physically have it with you or entrust the money to another team member. You’ll need to ensure that the money doesn’t fall to any form of unnecessary use and keep a firm grip over the proceedings once the money is in.
  • Track Down Expenditure – List out everything you’ll need for the event and create an estimate on how much you’ll be spending. You can try a few cost cutting measures if you find that you’re low on funds.
  • Bring In Transparency – The entire process should be made transparent, as money matters are always controversial. Coordinate with key members in the managing society and keep them in the loop on what you’re doing. Show them your estimates and the collected amount, and they’ll be able to help you manage the money in a better manner. 

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The Importance Of Electrical Safety In A Housing Society

Most people hardly understand the importance of proper electrical safety in a cooperative housing society. The tingling sensation that a minor shock produces in your skin may seem trivial, but more severe shocks can cause burns all over your body or even cardiac arrest.

You should know that almost all electrical accidents occur due to faulty wiring, or due to damaged electrical appliances. To keep your family safe and to prevent any mishaps from occurring, you can adopt a set of safety measures that can also be followed by all members in a cooperative housing society.

Replace Old Sockets With New Ones

Replace Old Sockets With New Ones

Safety Measures To Avoid Electric Shocks

  • Handling The Main Source: Always disconnect the main power source when you’re not using an electrical appliance. When you try and set right a faulty appliance, always disconnect the power cord before taking things forward.
  • Proper Placement Of Cords: Sometimes people place the extension cords under the carpet. This is a very dangerous practice as it can cause short circuits and this should be avoided at all costs.
  • Ensuring Proper Insulation: Always run the electrical cords in all appliances through a double check. Many accidents are caused due to electrical cords that are frayed and are not properly insulated. There should be at least a layer or two of insulation between your hand and the live wire.
  • Smoke Alert: Always be on the alert and check if there’s smoke coming from any appliance. This may be accompanied by a burning smell, and this means that some appliance is faulty. This can be prevented by unplugging all appliances when they aren’t in use.
  • Using Few Extension Cords: When it comes to extension cords, use a minimal number and ensure that you don’t overload them with countless wires. Fix up an ample number of electrical outlets in every room to avoid issues of overload.
  • Removing Bare Wires: Check if all the wires that run along the walls are properly insulated. Sometimes during the monsoon season, a few apartments in a cooperative housing society may face the problem of having wet walls. This scenario can get dangerous if the wires that run along the walls are bare, as electricity will easily be conducted upon contact.
  • Using A Tester: Always have a tester around the house as this can come in really handy. Whenever you turn a circuit off for maintenance purposes, use a tester to ensure that there is no current flow.
  • Having The Proper Equipment: You may know your way around electrical circuits, but you need to have the right equipment to safely work with faulty appliances and electrical lines. Always have a pair of rubber gloves that are well insulated in your kit.  You can also learn how to operate circuit breakers and fuse boxes.

Every family in a cooperative housing society should follow these measures, as electrical safety is not an option, it’s a necessity. The managing committee in a cooperative housing society should take note of the above steps and ensure that they are implemented.


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All You Need To Know About Tot Lots (Kids Play Areas) Maintenance In A Housing Society

Tot lots are common areas in every housing society, a place where children get together regularly to play and spend their time in the evening. With its swings, see saws and slides, a tot lot is a vibrant place that’s almost always packed with people – and for this exact reason, every tot lot should be well maintained.
Children are prone to all forms of infections and most children contract infections from play areas as these are public spaces that aren’t very sanitary. When it comes to tot lots, there are certain steps that every housing society should take for their proper maintenance.

Tot Lots Need Regular Maintenance

Tot Lots Need Regular Maintenance

 

Maintenance Tips For Tot Lots

The maintenance team in any housing society will be in-charge of keeping the tot lot in perfect condition. They can follow the below steps when it comes to tot lots:

  • The equipments in tot lots should be regularly checked to ensure that they are properly installed. Swings and other play items that are not properly installed can cause harm, so these should be checked in a regular manner.
  • Missing hooks and worn out bolts should be immediately fixed and any hooks or pins that jut out from tot lot equipments should also be set right. If a particular structure is not safe to use or is under construction, notices and labels should be put up and children shouldn’t be allowed near these structures. 
  • Tot lots that have plastic structures are much safer than the ones that have metal structures. Metal structures are prone to rust, so all metal structures must be regularly oiled and maintained well by the maintenance staff in order to avoid this.
  • Pest control measures need to be taken in common areas like tot lots, and stagnant water bodies and plants that attract mosquitoes and insects should be removed. Using insecticides in tot lots is not a good idea, as some chemicals are very harmful and can affect kids.
  • The many play structures in a tot lot and other equipments like benches and chairs should be power washed regularly. A good pressure wash will ensure that the dirt in such structures is properly eliminated. Once these structures are clean, disinfectants can be used to seal them against infections and microbes. This should be done regularly (at least once a week).
  • The sand present in tot lots and in sandboxes should be raked regularly. Foreign objects like glass items and pieces, broken toys, rocks, debris and feces should be filtered out. Due to their open nature, tot lots are prone to bird and animal feces, so the sand in these lots and any debris in the play structures need to be regularly cleaned.
  • A portion of the maintenance charges should be spent on regularly maintaining such tot lots.

To practice safety in such tot lots, residents can ensure that their kids wear appropriate clothing and shoes to avoid stepping on glass pieces or debris. A security guard can also be posted near such tot lots to attend to any emergencies and to prevent instances of vandalism.


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Pets In A Housing Society – Are Your Furry Friends Welcome?

Having pets in a housing society can be quite hard – you’ll need to take some necessary measures to ensure that your neighbors don’t have a problem with your pet. When it comes to community living, you should view things from a fresh perspective to see whether you pet will be accepted by the other members of the housing society. 

So What Are The Factors Involved?

Here are some factors that you should take into consideration when you plan on raising a pet:

  • Check For Pet Deposit/Pet RentThis is not a very common feature in the Indian scenario, but it’s always better to check whether your housing society charges a specific amount of money for raising a pet. When it comes to a pet deposit, a portion of it may be non-refundable, so get all the necessary details beforehand.
  • Get The Managing Committee’s Approval – If you’re planning on having a pet, it’s better to notify the managing committee in your housing society and get their approval first. There may be a couple of regulations in your agreement or paperwork regarding pets, and you can learn about these through their help. Sometimes, the apartment association may provide an approval form in writing.
  • Choose Your Pets Well when living in an Apartment Complex

    Choose Your Pets Well when living in an Apartment Complex

  • Pick The Right Pet For Your Flat – Go for a sensible option when you choose a pet and double check with your neighbors before you get one. Some breeds of dogs are loud and restless, and these aren’t ideal pets that you can raise in a housing society. Some breeds of dogs are very aggressive as well and these should be avoided. Fishes, frogs, turtles, cats and birds are options that you can consider. Some birds can cook up a ruckus, so choose your birds carefully. Among dogs, there are certain breeds that you can consider, like poodles, basset hounds and spaniels. Lovebirds, macaws and cockatiels are species of birds that are ideal for apartments.
  • Restrict Your Pet’s Movements – Always keep your pets within your premises and keep them away from the common areas unless they’re on a leash. This is very important, because in this way you can ensure that safety of both your pet and your neighbors. Letting your pets run scot free around common areas is not a sensible thing to do, as children who’re playing in the neighborhood may get scared or injured.
  • Groom Your Pet Well– It’s important for you to groom your pet well and quell its aggression, for your pet to be accepted within a housing society. If you’re opting for a dog, ensure that it doesn’t pounce on strangers or chase them. Give your dog a bath every once in a while and let it get some proper exercise. Neutered dogs are healthier and more docile, so get your dog neutered as soon as possible.
  • Vaccinate Your Pet– Your dog should be vaccinated regularly against rabies, and this should be done at least once in a year. A healthy pet will be accepted in a housing society without too much trouble, so feed your pet some quality food and keep it healthy!

These simple steps can help you avoid many pitfalls that pet owners in a housing society may otherwise face.


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The Importance Of Apartment Complex Home Security Systems

An apartment complex is one of the secure locations that you can live in, as any well organized apartment complex will have professional security guards placed strategically near the gates and within the complex. This strong emphasis on security may negate the need for further measures, but it’s any day better to be safe than sorry. Crime rates in India are rising, and according to unvalidated reports, a burglary occurs every 14 seconds.

Make their work harder!

Make their work harder!

Steps That You Should Take

You can beef up your security by installing various home security devices and systems, so that nothing untoward happens out of the blue. Many homeowners are opting for such security devices and systems because they are widely available now and are quite affordable as well.  When it comes to security systems for an apartment complex, you can either opt for indoor home security systems or outdoor home security systems, depending on your apartment’s placement and your personal preferences.

If you already have a security system, ensure it is not an outdated system installed, you must understand that burglars have come a long way with regards to technology, and it won’t take them long to dismantle your system or get past it using some loophole in the system.

Some of the systems that are popular are:

  • Spy Holes – A spy hole is one of the oldest, cheapest and most effective security tools, and this should be installed in all the houses in the apartment complex.
  • Door Sensors/Window Sensors – This is a contact sensor system that is magnetic in nature. Its main advantage is the fact that it is wireless and can be installed in any door and window. You can turn on this system whenever you’re not at home or during nighttime and during this time, if any doors or windows are opened, a siren will immediately activate and bring down the house while also alerting the monitoring station.
  • Wireless Alarm Systems – True to their name, these systems are wireless and operate through radio signals. These systems will continue to run even if there’s a power shutdown and all other appliances are switched off, and this is their biggest advantage.
  • Occupancy Sensors – You can install an occupancy sensor if you have an extended budget, as this is one of the prime security devices. This device will detect movements and sense the presence of human occupants within its range. You can turn this sensor on whenever you leave home, and upon sensing intruders, it’ll immediately alert the monitoring station and turn on all the lights in the house so that the burglar can’t hide.
  • Heat/Smoke Detectors – Your home security systems should not only cover break-ins, but should also comprehensively cover other risks such as fire breakouts. Smoke detectors can help in this regard, as these systems will trigger off an alarm upon detecting any kind of smoke. The system will also alert you immediately through its control panel, and it comes with a 24-hour power backup facility.

Burglars usually survey an apartment complex before they strike and they normally pick out a house that poses the least amount of risks. With the help of a comprehensive home security systems, you can make their task hard, and make your complex safe.


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Apartment Complex Safety – How To Protect Your Kids From Mishaps

Apartment complexes are vast structures, and it can be hard to monitor what’s going on at any given point of time. Apartment complex safety has always been an important issue, and the need for safety measures is always there.

Why Apartment Complex Safety Is Primary

There’s been a collection shift in the urban lifestyle, and people are not moving into spaces like an apartment complex rather than opting for individual houses due to a general lack of space. While there are many advantages that living in an apartment complex can bring, apartment complex safety is something that you should always keep an eye out for.

Kids, especially, have a habit of throwing caution to the winds due to their inherent excitement and curiosity, and this can prove fatal unless proper steps are taken.

Moreover, many apartment complexes don’t have separate play areas where kids can get together and have fun, and for this reason, many kids end up playing in potentially dangerous areas like the terrace and on the roads.

Ensuring that your kids are safe during your stint in an apartment complex can be quite hard, but you’ll need to take up the responsibility of managing their daily activities.

An Open Window Can Spell Major Safety Trouble in an Apartment Complex

An Open Window Can Spell Major Safety Trouble in an Apartment Complex

How You Can Do It

There are many steps that you can easily follow, so that no mishaps occur during your stay in an apartment complex.

  • Ensure that your kids are under your supervision whenever they’re within the complex. You can teach your kids the importance of being safe, and you can subtly highlight the dangers that can occur so that they take it seriously.
  • Talk to the members of your apartment association and ensure that the terrace has safety nets and proper iron railings. The terrace should ideally have a parapet wall that’s more than 1.5 meters in height, and the iron railings can be provided on top of this.
  • The access doors that lead to the terrace should be kept closed and locked at all times. The apartment association can grant keys to every family, and parents should ensure that these keys are kept out of their kids’ reach.
  • Separate play areas for kids can be created in a very safe space where they’ll be exposed to minimum dangers. This will dissuade kids from playing in other open spaces, including parking lots and roads. Make sure that your kids don’t end up playing in the balcony on any account.
  • Iron railings can be placed in balconies as well so that people (not just kids!) don’t rest or sit on the balcony wall. 
  • Install window guards if your flat is located anywhere above the first floor. You can get window guards for your home easily as they are available in all hardware stores.

You can also get the apartment security personnel to closely watch all kids when they’re not accompanied by adults in any particular section of the apartment complex. These safety measures are necessary in all apartment complexes, and they need to be strictly followed.


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Sound Levels In An Apartment Complex – How Much Is Too Much?

Living in an apartment complex is all about learning to co-exist with other residents and sharing common facilities. There are many perks to living in an apartment complex, but things tend to go sore when the issue of noise comes in.

This is a problem that residents in all apartment complexes face at some point of time or the other. The problem is simple – you may enjoy listening to your favorite music through the brand new set of subwoofers that you paid through your nose for – but what’s the guarantee that your neighbors will take it lightly?

What You Shouldn't Do In Your Apartment

What You Shouldn't Do In Your Apartment

When it comes to noise levels, there are no clear cut boundaries that can be effectively drawn. This can particularly come true when you organize a party for some special occasion. All will be fine until the gentle hum of conversation turns into a clamor as soon as the party starts heating up. So where do you draw the line when it comes to noise?

You need to take the right approach when it comes to dealing with sound levels in an apartment complex. There are three points that you can follow, and these have been given below.

Take the Right Perspective

Taking the right perspective can help you tackle the problem effectively. Put yourself in the shoes of your neighbors for an instant and try and judge the situation from a third person’s point of view. Dealing with the situation in this way can help you figure out how much noise is acceptable and how much is not.

Inform Them Beforehand

Make sure that you inform your neighbors and other residents that you’re having a party well in advance. You can do this by using the common notice board or by using your profile in your apartment complex management software. This doesn’t give you an excuse to turn on the decibels, but it will help them prepare for the same. Also, organize your parties during late evening so that you don’t disturb your neighbors late at night.

Soundproof Your House

There are many accessories that you can use to soundproof your house and ensure that the noise doesn’t emanate through the thin walls and floor. This is a good idea, and it can help you a lot in keeping the sound levels down. Use items that absorb sound, like carpets. Never opt for wooden floors, as these reflect sound. You can also use large and heavy rugs on the floors so that most of the noise is absorbed.

You can use wall hangings or curtains to soundproof your walls. These accessories can serve as great options for interior design, while taking care of the noise in the process. You can block out outside noise from coming in with the use of these wall hangings, and the curtains will also help in keeping excess sunlight out.  

Sound systems that are placed near the wall can negate the purpose of having wall hangings and curtains. Ensure that you place these away from the walls, and always use headphones whenever possible. This way you can enjoy your music without disturbing the other residents.


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