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Selwyn Times: December 20, 2016

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24 Tuesday December 20 2016 HOME PROFESSIONALS SELWYN TIMES Securing your home over Christmas Your property is on the market. It has been advertised on the Internet and in newspapers. People know where the property is. Good reasons to beef up the security, especially if your home will be empty at some point over the holiday period. Security consciousness is always a good idea, even when a home is not on the market. It is especially worth addressing at this time of year so unwanted visitors cannot steal the presents under the Christmas tree or help themselves to yummy leftovers. With the rush of Christmas, it is easy to forget to organise the basics that help keep a property safe when you are not around. 1. If you have an alarm, set it. Delete alarm codes that have been given to workmen, delivery firms or the like. 2. Unlocked doors and open windows make for an easy burglary so before leaving the house for a short or longer period, check that these are locked. 3. Ask a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property; clearing the letterbox, putting the rubbish bins out, drawing curtains; turning lights on and off and generally making the house look lived in. You could also fit timers to turn on lights. 4. If away for more than a week, organise for the front lawns to be cut by a friend, relative or lawn mowing contractor. 5. Cancel the newspaper, and mail if you are planning to be away for a decent period of time. 6. If the house is on the market, notify the real estate agent of your travel plans and find out how active they are going to be over that time, then inform a neighbour who is likely to have a good view of comings and goings on your property. 7. Give neighbours your contact details for while you are away, and a key to a trusted neighbour, close relative or friend (supplying the latter’s contact details to your neighbours), in case of an emergency. For example, alarms can be activated by flies or spiders crawling across the sensors so having someone who can sort this is a good idea, as is spraying the house for flies before heading off. 8. Ensure all sensor lights are working and that back-up batteries in the alarm or smoke alarms are current. 9. Fit padlocks on your gates, letterbox and even the garage door. 10. Make sure your locks are reasonably burglar proof, fitting deadlocks to replace older style locks. 11. Set your irrigation system timer to meet watering restrictions or ask a neighbour to turn the hose on your front lawn occasionally. 12. Set up an answerphone or answering system with your provider with a suitable message and one that does not indicate that you are away or out. A few precautions may help ensure the house is the way you left it when you arrive home. Have a happy holiday. Alarms can be activated by flies or spiders crawling across the sensors. Cancel the newspaper & organise for your lawns to be cut while away. Check that alarm batteries are current. Manufacturers and suppliers of superior quality garage doors throughout New Zealand. • Cedar Doors • Specialising in “ one-off custom designs” • Negative detail /Flat Panel and Insulated designs • Merlin Auto Openers, repair & Maintenance Contact us for a free measure and quote. Showroom: 276 Larcombs Road, Weedons Phone 3478333 or 0800 661 366 If your house is on the market, inform your real estate agent and a neighbour of your travel plans. Merry Christmas from The Outdoor Space We thank you so much for your clientele during 2016 Paving, Irrigation, Lawns, Planting, Fences, Pergolas, Water-features, Outdoor fires, Raised Vege beds, Decks, Artificial grass & more... Call Aaron & the team today! Phone: 03 3474422 or 021542402 Email: landscapeyouroutdoorspace@gmail.com www.theoutdoorspace.co.nz Need a Professional Need a Professional Electrician? Electrician? Call Laser Electrical! Call Laser Electrical! 0800 438 0800 527 Call Laser Electrical 438 527 Rolleston! Need a Professional Electrician? Need a Professional Electrician? Call Laser Electrical! www.laserelectrical.co.nz www.laserelectrical.co.nz • Residential • Industrial • Commercial • Rural • Dairy 24 hour on-call service 0800 438 527 www.laserelectrical.co.nz Laser Electrical Rolleston 831 Jones Road, Rolleston www.laserelectrical.co.nz 0800 LASER 4 U (0800 527 374) LE0303

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday December 20 2016 25 HOME PROFESSIONALS Entertain alfresco style On warm summer days and nights, it is really nice socialising and dining outdoors, soaking up the sun or enjoying a shady spot with a gentle breeze. If you do not already have an outdoor entertaining area, have a look around your yard for the best spot to locate your barbecue and outdoor furniture. You may even consider having two areas, to take account of wind direction at a particular time and allow for shade as the sun moves around. With established entertaining areas, look to see what jobs need doing and also whether an extra area might be created for that morning coffee while reading the newspaper, or to laze away and enjoy the company of others. Outdoor furniture that has had little use over winter and spring is likely to have gathered dust, unwelcome insects and maybe mould or lichen. Give the barbecue and furniture a good hose down and even a scrub with some soapy water, so it is ready for any Christmas Day cooking and entertaining. Hose and sweep down any paving and decking too. The latter might also be given a fresh coat of stain as might any wooden furniture. Add to the setting with soft furnishings. Some bright cushions and throws will help create a summery look or highlight the Christmas theme. Extend this to the tableware, starting with a bright red or Christmas design table cloth, red or green napkins, and even a few Christmas plates if you do not plan on the complete Christmas dinnerware package. A plastic table cloth might also sit more firmly on the table. For a table centrepiece for more formal outdoor dining, consider a Poinsettia in a pot or a Christmas wreath. Candles may be used but will need to be securely fixed in place and may not stay alight if there is even a slight breeze so a lantern maybe a better option. Though a great camping favourite, it is nice to step up from the usual sausages Wreathes and potted Poinsettias are ideal as outdoor table centrepieces. on the barbecue at this time of year. Add a little gourmet with Prawn Kebabs, Whitebait patties, sautéed Shrimps or even Paua patties if you are fortunate enough to have a supply. Less exotic but always popular are marinated Chicken Nibbles and legs. Alternatively, rotisserie roast a chicken or warm a cooked ham over a low heat, for between thirty minutes to an hour (depending on the heat) to provide juicy hot meat that could simply be popped in a bread roll along with a little mustard or salad. For dessert, strawberries are almost a staple at this time of year. Top Meringues with cream and strawberries or Kiwifruit, or make up a bowl of Ambrosia or Fruit and Sponge Trifle and serve with icecream. All are quick and easy to prepare in advance and always go down well. Add some Christmas décor to your outdoor entertaining areas. Add in other outdoor areas to enjoy a morning coffee. Add to the outdoor setting with some bright cushions. WISHING YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS NOW OPEN 7 DAYS - Landscaping plants for all gardens - Ornamental & Specimen trees - Canterbury’s largest range of natives - Hedging & Topiaries - Fruit & Nut plants Only closed on public holidays this summer! 1133 Main South Road - 0800 800 352 - southernwoods.co.nz design & construction CONCRETE • paviNg & BlOCks • fENCiNg & dECks • lawN & plaNTs Providing all of your landscaping needs from design through to construction in the Canterbury Region. Ph. 03 385 2377 www.innovative-landscaPes.co.nz quotes@innovative-landscaPes.co.nz STOP birdS hail, leaves, snow & vermin from blocking & damaging your spouting Quality materials: BHP Colorbond steel mesh with unique patented louvre which will even keep out pine needles. Will not rust or sag with age or load. 10 year warranty, range of colours Proven in Australia & New Zealand over the last 15 years. FOR SAFE, PURE DRINKING WATER FROM YOUR ROOF. NOW AVAILABLE: STAINLESS STEEL MICRO MESH www.gumleaf.co.nz Call Rohan Rudd anytime Mon-Sat for a no-obligation assessment & quote 0800 486 532 03 982 8850