How to Choose a Generator for Your Housing Society

Any housing society should have proper power backup facilities or generators for its residents to enjoy living in the complex on a long term basis. Power backup has become a basic necessity as lengthy power cuts have become the order of the day. Instances of power cuts can interrupt daily life especially during the tropical summer.Choosing a generator for the housing society

The worst effect of a power cut that housewives try and counter is food spoilage. Choosing a generator is not an easy task and the housing society management should carefully look into the smallest details before purchasing a generator.

Steps to Choose a Generator

Here are some simple steps that a housing society must follow while choosing a generator:

  • Identify The Need

The housing society management needs to create a rough estimate of the appliances and fixtures that need to operate even during power cuts. Generators are not installed as substitutes for a power cut, they just aid in providing the basic facilities required during load shedding.

  • Create a Financial Estimate

An estimate should also be created on the expenses involved and the amount of money that can be spent on the power backup services. This will be taken care of the housing society management too, as all residents would have paid a predefined amount for the power backup option. Money can otherwise be collected from all the permanent residents, who can then install the power backup service.

  • Compare the Types and Decide

There are different types of generators, and the housing society management should go through these types in order to determine the one that will be effective, taking the size of the housing society into account. Professional help can be useful in this regard.

There are different types of generators, including:

  • Diesel Generators
  • LPG Generators
  • Natural Gas Generators
  • Gas Generators

Depending on the size of the apartment complex, diesel or gas generators can be chosen. Comparing the advantages and disadvantages of these generators can be useful.

When choosing a generator, the housing society management must find out the wattage provided by the generator, and this is usually stamped on the electrical data plate or the motor name plate of a generator.

Inductive load appliances normally require heavy power for the initial start up. For this reason, the inductive load appliance figures need to be calculated.

Gas engine generators have an added disadvantage of carbon monoxide poisoning. Such generator units need to be placed at a safe distance from the apartments. The manufacturer might try and conceal the run time offered by a gasoline generator and this should be ideally noted.

Battery invertors are quiet options that can be used in individual houses separately. The batteries need to be recharged time and again, and they will be able to provide only limited service. Battery invertors will not be ideal for places that experience long outages.

  • Install and Test the Generator

Once the type of generator is decided upon, it can be professionally ordered and installed. Information on how to use the generator and its many functions is something that needs to be trusted with one individual. An employee can be hired to run and maintain the generator and fix any minor issues that may surface in the future.

Installing a generator is not an easy task and a lot of research should be put in before a collective decision for the housing society is made. Residents can contribute with their inputs during meetings.


Get your Society on ApnaComplex – Today!

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 trail as well so that you can try before you buy!


Every Hour Counts – Superior Complaint Escalation Process with support for Society “Working Hours”

In yet another innovation based on customer inputs, ApnaComplex now supports concept of “Business Hours” (or Working Hours or Society Office Hours). Now, administrators can define business hours in a week for a given category of complaints – for example, gardening staff will work from Monday-Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Security staff works 24*7, Accountants work on Saturday and Sunday 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Every Hour Counts!

Every Hour Counts!

Now, you can define the escalation paths to use Business Hours than calander days. This means, that a complaint related to gardening will take into account the fact that staff will not be working on Saturday and Sunday and also after 5:00PM before trigerring an escalation to next level. So, a complaint logged on Friday evening, will not get escalated on Sunday morning – and avoids raising a false alarm. Helps you monitor the staff more effectively.

With this enhancement, ApnaComplex now supports defining escalation periods in terms of business hours than days. So, if you want a unattended security complaint to be escalated in 2 business hours – it’s easily possible.

When you redefine the SLAs or re-define the business hours, the complaints that are already raised automatically take into the account of the new hours and get escalated accordingly.


Get your Society on ApnaComplex – Today!
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 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.


Get your Society on ApnaComplex – Today!

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!


Apartment Fire Safety – The Different Types of Fire Extinguishers

A housing society needs special fire safety measures and this is mainly because it houses many flats or houses, within one or multiple buildings. People share common areas and amenities such as club-houses, lifts, play and parking areas, pools, and terraces and the threat of a fire breaking out will always be high unless proper measures are taken.Fire Safety

The Problem of Housing Society Fire Safety

One of the biggest challenges faced by a housing society is the danger of a fire breaking out. Since these societies largely comprise of many flats that are built next to each other in order to achieve maximum utilization of space by commercial builders, exit routes in some cases are not clearly defined or sufficient for the large number of residents involved.

The primary aid in case of a fire, therefore are fire-extinguishers, and a housing society needs to invest in appropriate fire-fighting mechanisms for the safety of its residents.

Fire safety refers to:

  • Measures taken to prevent a fire from breaking out
  • Reducing the risk of severe injury or death due to fire
  • Managing a fire incident with use of equipment and evacuation techniques, reducing damage to property
  • Making involved parties aware of evacuation procedures and alerting them in case of a fire

Different Types of Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers come in four different varieties. These are:

  • Water fire extinguishers (The most widely used and economical fire extinguishers)
  • Foam fire extinguishers
  • Dry Powder fire extinguishers
  • CO2 fire extinguishers

Choosing Fire Extinguishers for a Housing Society

The choice of the appropriate fire extinguisher depends on the class of fire, which is based on the nature of the fire or the material involved in the fire. There are six classes of fire, ranging from classes A to F.

  • In Class A, the surrounding material near the fire is primarily solid, like paper, plastics, and wood.
  • Class B fires involve flammable liquids like petrol, paraffin, and oil.
  • Class C fires are fueled by flammable gases.
  • In Class D, metals are the items that are burnt.
  • Classes E and F are fires that occur around electrical apparatus and cooking fats and oils respectively.

Depending on the class of fire, i.e., the materials that are directly involved in the fire and the materials in the surrounding areas, the appropriate extinguisher has to be selected and used. Water fire extinguishers are mainly used for Class A fires, but they are unsuitable for Classes B and E. Foam fire extinguishers are versatile and safer to use but more expensive.

Proper Placement of Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers need to be placed in strategic and easily accessible locations. Residents should be made aware of them and some volunteers may be trained to use them, on each floor and block of the housing society.

Fire extinguishers need to be checked from time to time for their efficacy. Mock fire-drills are important in educating residents about evacuation and safety in case of fire, especially in high-rise buildings, where lifts are generally closed when the fire spreads.


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.

Get your Society on ApnaComplex – Today!
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!


The Importance of Apartment Terrace Safety

Apartment Complex terraces can be compared to oxygen tanks in the backdrop of rising urban congestion and population. While the scarcity of space is becoming increasingly inevitable, children and the elderly are affected majorly, due to lack of areas for play and recreation.Terrace safety

Some housing societies may provide small play areas for children; however, since these complexes have large terraces, these wide and open spaces can be very alluring to children who are constantly on the lookout for play and recreation areas. For this reason, safety measures for terraces should be taken and followed in a housing society.

General Terrace Safety Measures That Can Be Taken

Certain guidelines need to be followed keeping in mind the safety of the children who constantly play in areas like the housing society terrace.

  • The parapet wall has to be at least 1.5 meters high.
  • Durable and sturdy iron railings can be planted over the parapet wall, to additionally discourage children from climbing the wall.
  • Children or infants may slip through the railings if they are planted right at the base for extra visibility. Therefore, the height of the parapet wall is an important factor.
  • Accessibility should be restricted and the door to the terrace should be locked. All housing society members may come to an agreement about a particular time of the day when the terrace can be accessed.
  • The keys to the terrace can be left with a security guard, who can be stationed near the terrace. Alternatively, every family may be given their own set of keys, so that individual access is possible. However, in that case, parental supervision becomes imperative for all residents.
  • If a common time is earmarked for the use of the terrace, either for early morning walks or evening strolls and games, safety measures will be easier to enforce. Other than security personnel, some volunteers may be chosen to supervise the terrace during these times.
  • The terrace floor needs to be kept clean and there should be some anti-skid mechanism in place. Water accumulation, moss and the growth of fungus can pose a fatal threat to users.

Housing Society Terrace Gardens

Many housing societies, in an attempt to compensate for the lack of greenery in their surrounding areas, construct roof-top gardens, and these gardens have ecological and practical benefits. They provide a much needed dash of greenery in the concrete jungle. Roof top gardens prevent the building from absorbing too much heat, by cutting down the terrace’s exposure to the sun and radiation.

These roof top gardens very often constitute of not only plants but also outdoor furniture and they offer a space of entertainment and relaxation to residents and their guests.

If your housing society houses a terrace garden, care should be taken to ensure that there are no provisions through which children can climb parapet walls. Chairs and tables should be placed strategically away from the walls or railings.

A coating of anti-climbing paint (when used on the inner and outer parts of the parapet wall) can be sufficient to prevent anybody from climbing the wall and exposing themselves to danger. These paints remain indefinitely slippery and provide additional safety for terraces.

You can bring up these points during an apartment association meeting, so that the apartment association can arrange for such measures to be taken.


Get your Society on ApnaComplex – Today!

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!


Dussehra Celebrations in a Housing Society – Tips You Can Try

Organizing Dussehra celebrations in a housing society can be an absolutely thrilling experience, mainly if you take into consideration the many rituals and rites associated with this festival. Dussehra is one of the most awaited festivals in India, given the commercial and social extravaganza that accompanies the religious festival.

Dussehra celebration in housing society
The Blend of Beliefs and Cultures

Dussehra is a festival that’s celebrated with different beliefs and rituals in across the country. A housing society is an ideal place to celebrate Dussehra, mainly because people who come from various parts of the country and from different cultural background stay in such apartment complexes as they provide a cosmopolitan and multi-cultural environment.

In your housing society, you can provide a stage where the Mysore Dasara can blend seamlessly with the north-Indian Navaratri and the Bengali Durga Puja, within the same premises. Children will be exposed to the various aspects of their own festivals, and they will be able to gain an understanding about the different festivals celebrated across all states.

Some Tips for Celebrating Dussehra

You’ll need to bring together many members from your housing society for the celebrations to be a success. Planning the strategy in advance can help. Always ensure that the apartment association is aware of what’s going on.

  • Allocate a budget for Dussehra celebrations. The source of funds can be in the form of donations from residents, and this can be collected before the event or in monthly amounts throughout the year. Local businesses may also be invited to set up stalls for food and entertainment purposes, and you can try and contact other businesses that can sponsor the event and put up advertisements.
  • Try and involve the maximum number of residents. Notices circulated well in advance before the celebrations can ensure that individual families don’t make other plans for the festivities. This increases the level of participation.
  • Detailed plans should be put in place for the day of the event. Detailed planning can help you avoid last minute modifications and inconveniences. The schedule for the event should be put up on notice boards and other common areas so that people know what to expect.
  • Ensure representation from the different communities of people who live within the complex. This will enrich the event and make it more enjoyable for everyone, without seeming bland.
  • Make sure that all government laws related to pandals, loudspeakers, and fireworks are abided by. This is something that the apartment association should take care of.
  • The food served can be across different cuisines, cooked up by representatives of the many communities present. It would be safe to stick to delectable vegetarian fare throughout the festivities.
  • Volunteers should be picked and invited from among the residents of the housing society. Dussehra celebrations are generally large-scale, so a handful of people may not be able to put all measures in place smoothly. A large, structured group of volunteers, with clear line of duties and reporting lines will help you execute the plans.
  • Safety and security measures like fire-extinguishers and first-aid-kits should be arranged, along with contact numbers of in-house doctors. Loudspeakers should be used minimally and a lost-and-found desk can be added too.
  • Cultural programs for children and adults, like rangoli, drawing, drama, dance, and singing or recitation competitions may be organized.

Dussehra celebrations in a housing society can provide a multi-cultural, enriching and enjoyable experience for all residents, irrespective of their age, culture or roots.


Get your Society on ApnaComplex – Today!
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!

Green Housing Society – Eco Friendly Measures to Dispose All Idols

Festivals in a housing society are celebrated with undiluted enthusiasm, as India is a country that’s known for its festivals and varied culture, and people from different communities live inside a residential complex in every housing society.Eco friendly measures to dispose all idols
Although Ganesh Chaturthi festivities might seem enticing and fun, celebrations that are conducted during this major festival harm the environment in one way or the other. Every housing society should follow eco friendly and green practices in order to ensure that people don’t destroy nature in an attempt to celebrate their culture.

People living in a housing society can follow a few pointers through which they can celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi in a pleasant yet eco-friendly manner.

Why Choose Clay Idols Over Plastic Idols?

Idol immersion is a common scene during Ganesh Chaturthi, where the idol of Lord Ganesh is finally immersed into the sea or any other water body following the end of the festival. This adversely affects the marine life at sea. This effect is due to the fact that the Ganesh idols that people purchase are often made of Plaster of Paris.

This toxic substance, when dumped into the ocean is consumed by aquatic creatures, leading to their death. In order to completely avoid this problem, ensure that you buy an idol which is made of clay or mud as it does not harm the marine ecosystem.

You can do your bit and spread some awareness among the residents of your flat about the environmental advantages of using clay idols over plastic ones. Although it would not be realistic on your part to expect everyone to change their preferences immediately, all you need to do is start off the initial spark. You can talk to the apartment association regarding this.

Innovative Eco-Friendly Idols You Can Try

Apart from the regular clay and mud models, environmental groups are coming up with various solutions to reduce the adverse effects that massive idol disposal causes. A community called Sadguru Shri Aniruddha Upasana Trust came up with the concept of biodegradable Ganeshs.

These idols are made from paper from the trust’s Ramnaam notebooks. The paper is packed in casts in order to mold the material and give it a definite shape. The idol is allowed to dry for a period of two days and then painted with non-toxic colors.

These idols are easy to make and cause no harmful effects towards the environment. You can urge your housing society neighbors to buy these eco-friendly alternatives. A housing society can also buy a single large idol of the lord for the entire locality in order to reduce the disposal of numerous idols in the sea.

The Need for Artificial Lakes and Collective Dumping

In a housing society, the management can collectively make a decision to dig up a ditch and fill it with water so that idol immersion can be done in such a place, reducing the overall contamination. If an artificial ditch like this is created in every housing society, the levels of pollution will fall drastically and even traffic congestion on the roads can be avoided.

There are many small steps like these that members in a housing society can take in order to make their community a better place to live in.


Get your Society on ApnaComplex – Today!
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!

Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrations in a Housing Society – What You Can Do

Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations are held in every housing society annually in order to honour the birth of Lord Ganesh. This festival encompasses a variety of cultural events that have deep rooted religious meanings, which bring people together and enhance their sense of oneness.Celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi
You can make arrangements to celebrate the festival in your housing society, in order to bring together all residents. This can take an immense amount of time and effort since celebrations for Ganesh Chaturthi are very elaborate and done on a grand scale.

Ensure that you bring up the idea during a resident meeting so that you can get help from all other residents in the housing society too.

While being an amazing spectacle to witness, Ganesh Chaturthi can be both environmentally degrading and very cost ineffective. The housing society management can take the initiative to implement some of the below tips while celebrating this festival.

  • Provide Localized Immersion Spots

Instead of having scores of people from the housing society immersing idols all over the city and in a variety of water bodies, the housing society management can organize a local area where the residents can collectively gather, celebrate and finish off the festivities in an environmentally friendly manner.

The management can dig a ditch and create a central temporary water body that can be used for this purpose.

  • Arrange for the Main Idol

Housing societies usually arrange for huge idols of Lord Ganesh, and this forms an extremely vital part of the celebration. The idol can be placed in a central location so that it is easily accessible to all residents within the society.

Clay idols score over plastic ones because they’re a lot more cost efficient. Clay dissolves in water and this material is more eco-friendly as remnants from the celebration don’t stay in the water for long enough to significantly damage the aquatic ecosystem.

The housing society management must also strive to ensure that every family limits itself by having only one idol for immersion.

  • Whip Up Homemade Sweets

You can take some initiative and encourage all families to make sweets at home. You can do this during the resident meetings. This will not only help them save on money and resources, but also ensures less wastage.

Such sweets are healthier and also bring the housing society residents closer during the festival.  Sweets can be exchanged during the main puja that is conducted near the large idol.

  • Create Awareness About the Festival

Most modern children aren’t completely aware of the significance of Ganesh Chaturthi or about the various rituals that are performed. Through the management, you can hire knowledgeable speakers to talk about the festival or drama groups who can enact various mythological events related to the festival.

Celebrating such an important festival in a common stage can be a fun experience for everyone, especially the children. Once you delegate all the necessary tasks to specific members through the housing society management, you can enjoy a splendid Ganesh Chaturthi with your family and the entire community.


Get your Society on ApnaComplex – Today!
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 trail as well so that you can try before you buy!

Celebrating Holi in your Society – Do’s and Don’ts

ApnaComplex wishes every one a very Happy Holi!

Celebrate, rejoice and make merry – while dodging splashes of colors at the same time. Take some time off your chores and unwind with your fellow members in the society. We’ve put together some simple dos and don’ts for a safe, thoughtful and fun Holi. You can also download these Do’s and Don’ts in a printer friendly, attractive poster format that you can share with all your society members and also put up on your Society’s noticeboard.

Holi Poster that can be placed in your Society's Noticeboard

Holi Poster that can be placed in your Society's Noticeboard

Dos and Don’ts

Dos Don’ts
  • Use all-natural colors and powders made from flower extracts
  • Give your children buckets of clean water and monitor their activities
  • Roll your car windows up while driving inside the apartment complex
  • Take out your old and faded clothes and wear them for the occasion
  • Apply colors on people’s faces in a gentle manner, and understand that some residents may not be in a mood to celebrate
  • Give your children a short brief on the cultural significance behind the fun festival
  • Apply oil on your skin and hair – you can slip away easily, and the colors won’t stick!

 

  • Don’t use unclean water
  • Don’t use artificial colors (abir), as these contain flakes of mica
  • Don’t pour colored water on plants and garden areas
  • Don’t create a mess in the common areas and parking lots, always stick to the site that the committee decides on
  • Drinking bhang maybe customary, but don’t force feed it to anyone
  • Don’t take things to heart if your neighbor’s children go overboard, be forgiving
  • Don’t spray colors on the walls, vehicles or doorways of other residents
  • Don’t throw balloons or spray colored water inside other flats, and respect their personal space

 

May the festival bring along good health and good luck to you and your family!


Tips on Bringing all Residents Together in an Apartment Complex

Now-a-days, apartment residents in big cities often come from various regional backgrounds; flats are occupied by a diverse group of people ranging from students, bachelors, and single women, to families and old couples. Most of the residents live their own lives, and are cut off from each other. Due to the modern demands and stressful lifestyles, they become used to living a very isolated life.

The true charm of living in an apartment complex or gated community is the safety and security that comes from shared living. True community living does not mean simply paying the maintenance fees and attending some of the association meetings. Rather, it means that all the residents know each other and get to become friends. Once all the residents know each other and become close, the apartment community can become a source of social and emotional support for all the residents.

Here’s what the apartment association can do to foster a team spirit amongst the residents:

Monthly get-together in the club house

While the Association meetings and general meetings are a common ground where residents meet, it is more of a formal business meeting than a social occasion. The apartment association can organize a party once a month in the club house or the terrace. This can include fun activities like an open dance floor, card games, and introductory sessions where people can open up and get to know each other. To make the event more interesting, one can have pot-luck dinner, where every flat resident makes one dish and gets it for the party. 

Common decision making

The apartment association can use a common forum such as an online discussion group and email groups to send the minutes of the meetings to all the residents. Topics, that involve the whole apartment, can be put up for discussion. Through such means, all the residents will be able to add inputs and have a say on matters related to the apartment. Thus, they will be more interested in the apartment related activities.

Celebrating Birthdays

The apartment association can have a small booklet with the phone numbers and birthdays of all the flat residents. They can circulate this so that people can be in touch with each other via SMS or phone calls. Birthday of each resident can be celebrated in the apartment clubhouse with simple cake cutting and wishing the concerned person. This will generate a feeling of togetherness and bonding.

Celebrating festivals together

In India, festivals are the high points of social life every year. A gated community is usually a secular ground, so the apartment association can organize common celebrations of important festivals and occasions such as Diwali, Holi, Christmas, Id, and New Year. Prior to the event. All the residents should be involved in the planning and organizing of the event. This will also act as an occasion for people to do things together, such as buying the decorations, delegating tasks etc.

Having an apartment quarterly newsletter

An interesting idea that the association can use to encourage people to become friendly is to form a small editorial committee. It is a good idea to ask people with a literary bent of mind to take part in this. Every three months, one can print a newsletter, which can include:

  • Articles and poems written by the residents
  • Significant events such as birth of a child, a promotion etc.
  • Brief description and photographs of common celebrations
  • A children’s section with artwork

Having an apartment hobby club

After a long day’s work, most people want to unwind by doing something relaxing. The apartment association can use the recreation room to conduct hobby clubs depending on the common interest of the residents. It can be anything from a book club, to forming a band, having sangeet nights, sports activities or even screening movies. While these activities might require initial investments, it is a great way for people to enjoy themselves in a group.

The apartment association members need to remember that most people like to do things without compulsion, so instead of making such activities compulsory it should be left to the free will of the residents. Only when the residents respect each other’s space and rights, can they come together to build a strong friendship.


ApnaComplex is an apartment managment software. We are offering a 30-day no obligation free trial for every complex. Go ahead and register your complex and see how you can manage your complex more easily, efficiently, and effectively.