Why Hire a Landscaper?


When we renovate our house, we measure to the last centimeter to know what piece of furniture we are going to place in each place, we try to put the sofa in one corner and in another and we give it a thousand laps until we find the perfect place. On the other hand, when it comes to “renovating” the garden, it is very common to plant flowers and shrubs, even trees, without following any criterion, guiding us only by our taste … great mistake! A newly planted garden can look very nice but the problems will appear as the plants grow if we have not taken into account a number of factors that are mandatory to consider. These are:

The first thing we must ask ourselves is what do we expect from our garden? What are we going to use it for? What style do we like? These are essential questions and we have to have a clear answer before starting the design of the garden.

Climate and soil are essential to know which species will adapt to the garden, which ones will need special care and which should under no circumstances be included.

Orientation of the garden. It is important to know the areas of shade and sun of the garden to choose the right plants and not to make mistakes when distributing the different areas or environments such as the living area, the games, the garden, the pool and solarium …
Availability of water for irrigation and if we are going to install automatic irrigation, which in the days that run is the most advisable in most cases, since automatic irrigation is much more efficient than when done by hand.

Direction of prevailing winds to consider if it is necessary to put some screen that protects us and also to choose resistant plants in cases where the area is very windy.
Speed ​​of growth of the plants and size that can reach. It is very common to find gardens where the plants have grown more than expected and are all so tight that they have no place to live, other times we see how the trees literally get through the windows. When planting it is necessary to leave the proper separation between plants, although at first the garden looks somewhat poor. They will grow, the gardens are starting to look really nice after a year since they are built.

Time and budget we have to devote to the maintenance of the garden . It is increasingly common for clients to ask the landscaper for a garden that does not require maintenance. This is impossible, however little maintenance will be necessary, even if it is minimal.

Budget that we have to build the garden. Depending on the structures and materials of the design, the budget can vary enormously.

The professional capable of developing a gardening project without forgetting any of the above factors is the landscaper. The landscaper has received the necessary technical and botanical training to carry out complete landscaping projects including design, plantations, irrigation, lighting, roads, water games, drainage and other garden elements.

London landscape gardeners have spent years training and must continually be on top of the latest trends to do good garden design. In addition, the landscaper is the person able to visualize a garden full of possibilities where the client only sees a complicated and problematic terrain.

How many times have you hear a customer regret that his garden has slopes and slopes? A garden with slopes has many possibilities and can be a wonderful garden

One more reason to have the services of a landscaper like London landscape gardeners is because a house with a well-designed garden is a property that is valued higher. The investment that we are going to make for the project and execution of the work of the garden, we will recover it a lot if we sell the house. There are real estate market studies in the United States and Europe that calculate that this revaluation ranges between 10 and 20%.

Unfortunately, in the UK the profession of the landscaper is little recognized and there is much intrusiveness. The landscaper is a professional, and as such must charge the fees that correspond to him for his work. We should not rely on gardening companies that “give away” the project if we do the work of the garden with them. They are not authentic landscapers and in reality they are masking the amount corresponding to the project, adding other fees to the work. Let’s think about it coldly … does anyone like to work for free? Why would the landscaper do it?

Steps to Secure Your Loft


Despite the fact that, in general, thefts are more common at the beginning of the week than at the end of the week, the data show that thieves do not take any rest day. It is very common for thieves to target high-end homes in the London area. Often times they will go after homes that have had a loft conversion done. The reason is that those home renovations are expensive so they know there is money in the house. The most common area for them to target is the wealthy South Kensington, SW7 area.

Here is an article to follow that will keep your loft safe from criminal activities.

1. If you are going to be away for a few days take precautions

 When leaving, make sure to close your doors and windows well. Also, those that give access to patios and lofts. Always lock with a key, not just with the slip, because it can be easily opened. Make sure your door has at least two closing points. It will take more time to open it and the thief can give up. Check that there is no gap between the door and the floor. To prevent leverage, reinforce the part of the hinges of your door with steel pivots and metal angles. Secure the basement windows with bars. The windows that overlook patios are especially unprotected because they are hidden from view, close them well when leaving.

 2. Make your house seem inhabited

Do not completely disconnect the electricity. A disconnected ring is a sign of absence. Do not completely close the blinds. The technology makes it easier for you: the automatic timers that turn on and off the lights or the radio help make the house appear inhabited. If you leave the house for a few days, ask a neighbor to pick up your mail. Never hide a spare key near your loft or in places such as a mailbox, flower pots or meter box. It’s where a thief first looks.


3. If you leave valuables, keep them secure

Do not leave your valuables in sight: keys, checkbooks, card keys or access codes to online banking . If you have to leave valuables, better keep them in a safe. Make an inventory with the serial numbers of electronic devices, make and model and photograph them. In case of theft, it is easier to recover them.

4. Avoid discussing your plans on social networks

Posting on Facebook or Twitter the calendar of our holidays is the best way for a thief to know that you will not be at home. Make sure, in addition, that your children do not report your absence or provide personal information.

5. If you live outside an urban area, reinforce the vigilance

Illuminates the entrance, the porch, and the front or backyards. A dog is a good deterrent. Lots of urban areas have Hip to gable conversions which are the most popular type of loft conversion for thieves to break into. Make sure you don’t let this happen to you.

6. Do not open your door to strangers

Opening the door to strange people compromises your safety and that of your neighbors. Accept only services that you have previously requested (water, electricity, telephone, gas) and require accreditation to their representatives. Keep the door closed until you can fully identify the caller. In case of assault, do not touch anything inside, you could destroy evidence.


7. For thieves, all eyes are security cameras.

If you see something strange, give notice. Record the data of the vehicles and people that prowl around the house and give notice. If thieves feel watched it can contribute to them quitting.

What you need to know when furnishing your first home

Room, studio, apartment, house: whatever the first home, the excitement is sometimes such that we forget the essentials, the equipment. Once your home is secure you can start to consider the first decor, what do you need to feel at home?

The essentials

furnishedBefore entering the first store come, and buy all the furniture you think you need, it is important to make a list of priorities. A coffee table may not seem expensive but added to all your furniture, the note can be salty. List in the first place the essentials.

In the basics, you can already note

-a bed with bed linen
-a table
-at least a chair, an armchair or a sofa
-a storage cabinet if there is no cupboard in your first home
-a refrigerator, hotplates and a microwave oven if the kitchen is not equipped
-dishes and cooking utensils
-household equipment such as a vacuum cleaner or, at least, a broom
-bathroom linen

Obviously, this is the bare minimum. All of this furniture will probably not allow you to feel at home. But a first home is an investment that must be considered, and whose purchases can be made in the medium term.

Decoration and amenities

The first furniture installed, you can move to the stage interior design and decoration. What to make of these few furniture, a real habitat, worthy of the name. During this stage, you will be able to give free rein to your imagination to feel at home.

How to turn furniture into a living space

The small kitchen equipment that seems essential to you such as a coffee maker
shelves, boxes and other storage that will allow you to keep a home always tidy, even a studio that tends to fill quickly!
Carpets, curtains, cushions to bring warmth to your new home as well as lamps and other lampshades.

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4 things you need to remember when making a CCTV Plan

If you intend to install a Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV), there are a number of things you need to remember. These issues will help you get the most out of your CCTV installation. They include;

  1. Ensure you store the video recorder in a secure environment preferably in a locked cabinet. You need to secure the recorder to make it inaccessible to unauthorized persons or adversaries.
  2. Have a plan in place to inspect your CCTV equipment regularly. Well-maintained equipment does its desired operations better. Regular Inspection can help uncover and correct faulty and ineffective CCTV components.
  3. Ensure your video recording equipment has a capacity large enough to store video data spanning up to one week, before replacement.
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