As the festive season approaches, residents are eager to transform their apartments into cozy, holiday havens. However, when it comes to apartment decorating, it is essential to be mindful of the unique features and regulations that come with living in a strata property in Queensland. This guide provides a set of do’s and don’ts to help you create a festive atmosphere without compromising safety or violating any rules and regulations.
Respect Strata Rules and Bylaws
Familiarise yourself with strata rules and bylaws regarding Christmas decorations. Respect any guidelines related to the use of communal spaces, noise, and the types of decorations use.
Opt For Lightweight Decorations
Queensland is prone to tropical weather, so choose lightweight decorations that won’t be easily damaged in high humidity or sudden rain. Think about using fabrics like linen and lightweight materials for ornaments.
Space-Saving Christmas Tree
In apartments, floor space is precious, so consider space-saving Christmas tree alternatives. A tabletop tree or a wall-mounted tree can be just as charming and festive. Decorate it with mini ornaments, fairy lights, homemade crafts created with kids and a tree topper to bring the Christmas spirit into your living space without sacrificing room.
Decorate Balconies and Outdoor Spaces
Take advantage of the warm weather by extending your decorations to balconies and outdoor spaces. String lights, outdoor-friendly ornaments, and potted plants can create a welcoming holiday ambiance.
Use Temporary Adhesive Solutions
To avoid damaging walls or surfaces, opt for temporary adhesive solutions like command hooks for hanging decorations. These can be easily removed without leaving a mark.
Faux Snow Accents
While it may not be the season for snow-covered landscapes, a winter wonderland theme can be achieved. Bring the charm of snow indoors with faux snow accents. Scatter snowflakes on your table, hang them from the ceiling, or create a winter-themed centrepiece using artificial snow. This simple touch can instantly transform your living space into a snowy retreat.
Invest In Outdoor LED Lights
Enhance the festive spirit by investing in outdoor solar LED lights for your balcony or patio. These are energy-efficient and provide a dazzling display without increasing your electricity.
Be A Good Neighbour
While the Christmas holiday season is a time for fun, it is also time to be a good and mindful neighbour.
So be a respectful and considerate member of your community and have yourself a Merry little Christmas and happy holidays from all the team here at Stratacare.
With a dash of creativity and a sprinkle of holiday spirit, decorating your apartment for Christmas can be a joyful and fulfilling experience. There are countless ways to make your living space festive and inviting. Embrace the opportunity to infuse your apartment with the magic of Christmas and create lasting memories in the comfort of your holiday-adorned home.
Refrain from making permanent alterations to your apartment. This includes painting walls or making significant changes without proper authorisation. Stick to temporary and reversible decorating solutions.
Skip Excessive Noise-Making Decorations
Be considerate of your neighbours by avoiding excessively noisy decorations. Skip decoration that make loud sounds or play music, especially during the night-time hours.
Check that your lights are not flashing into your neighbours living room or bedrooms disturbing their peaceful enjoyment or sleep
By keeping these do’s and don’ts in mind, you can create a festive and welcoming atmosphere in your Queensland apartment without causing any disruptions or violating local regulations. Enjoy the holidays season in style, while also being mindful of your surrounding and the unique features of your Queensland living space.
Tips on Decorating Safely:
- Make sure that temporary lights do not touch any flammable items such as curtains, carpet, paper or other combustible materials
- Check you are not overloading power boards.
- Turn off any powered decorations before you go to bed or have a timer set to do this automatically
- Inspect and test smoke alarms to make sure they are in good working condition
- Ensure decorations do not block walkways, emergency exit points and are not on common property unless approved
- Check lights and cables to ensure they are secure to avoid becoming a hazard in strong winds or summer storms
Tips for Committees on Christmas Decorations
- Ensure all residents are aware of the type and colour lights that are acceptable
- Set a definitive period where Christmas Lights may be installed. A typical range would be from December 1 until December 31.
- Communicate any rules as to the number and position of Christmas lights and decorations. If they can only be fixed to balustrades, make that clear.
- Make residents aware of what’s not allowed and why. For example, a six-foot inflatable Santa Claus could pose a safety hazard or flashing lights on a balcony could upset neighbours directly opposite.