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Entrance Approach


An Englishman's home is his castle...but even if most of us don't actually live in one, we still wish to make the entrances to our home attractive, practical and, above all, welcoming.

Decorative metal work; the surface of the approach; a decorative canopy or protective porch; even the doorway itself can enhance and improve the visual appeal of our properties and increase their value thanks to that long stated estate agent mantra – kerb appeal!

Why not take a fresh look at your entrance next time you arrive home and see what you could do. A few simple touches may be all that is required – perhaps decorative plantings either side of the entrance; replacement door furniture; just a new doormat can make all the difference! But if you do decide a completely fresh 'approach' is called for, you'll find all the local specialists you might need in the pages of this Guide...

A MOAT, PORTCULLIS – THEY WERE ALWAYS GOOD... keeping unwanted visitors out but hardly practical for most of us today! Security is still just as important but you don't need to turn your home into Fort Knox – a few simple deterrents are often enough to send the opportunist thief on their way.

Gates aren't only for stately homes with mile-long carriage drives – a set of locked gates at the entrance to your drive may be all that's needed to persuade a burglar to try easier pickings where they can seize the moment, walk straight up to the house and search for a vulnerable door or window. Fiddling with locks or climbing over gates is time consuming.

Locks are only effective if used; ...'this is such a safe neighbourhood, we never need lock the door” is a charming ethos but in reality, not a strategy any policeman would recommend. As

we replace doors and windows; install new garden sheds; or fit new garage doors, we automatically 'upgrade' their security but do think about any old locks you may still have in use around your property and consider whether they should be improved.

Motion sensor lighting automatically flooding an area with light when triggered is another means of keeping night time visitors at bay – their MO is based on stealth, not being captured in the spotlight! Expert advice and installation will ensure correct positioning to be effective without dazzling your neighbours every time a cat jumps over the garden fence.

However you choose to safeguard your home, you'll find all the specialists you need to help in the pages of this Guide.

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