Archive for July, 2016

Our Safety is Our Responsibility

Posted on: July 29th, 2016 by Nahars Commander No Comments

There was a time when “Safety first” was a term which used to be heard only in factories. The factory workers were cautioned to be safe while working with heavy machineries. But times have changed and the words “Safety First” needs to be remembered even in our own house.

It is unfortunate but true that we look into “luxury first” instead of “Safety First” when it comes to buying a house or an apartment. Crime rates have increased in geometric proportions and our policing system is not equipped both technologically and physically to provide the citizens basic level of safety. Our approach till now has been more reactive than being proactive. By reactive it is meant that we spring into action only when crime happens in our locality or near our locality. Till then we have a very casual approach towards crime till it does not affects our lives.

But we forget that if it has not affected us today, there is no guarantee that it will not affect us sometime in the near future. Let us ask ourselves a very basic and blunt question. How prepared are we in terms of saving ourselves and our near and dear ones? The immediate reaction would be pointing out fingers on the administration and the policing system. But have we taken the necessary basic steps from our side to create an environment which helps in keeping our family safe?

The concept of joint family is diminishing slowly in India and majority of the families are nuclear families with both the parents going to work. This increases the vulnerability of the people who are left behind in the house. Is there a third eye that is protecting your family from the evils of the society? Is your locality protected? Is it enough to keep a watchman at the gate and feel that you are safe? An unarmed guard is as good as not being there guarding us. Also the words of the guards cannot be taken as hard evidence to catch the perpetrator.

The latest incident in Nungambakkam railway station proves the importance of having a security system in our locality. The culprit could be identified only because of security camera that was installed in a building which was near the railway station. There are many instances of robbery, arson and different types of crimes that could be solved with the help of security camera.

It has also been noticed that the rate of crime is lesser in the localities which have got security cameras and various security systems installed. Security systems are no longer nice to have gadget. Instead it has become a must have equipment for the safety of the people living in the locality.

So it can be safely said that smart security systems have become the need of the hour.

Importance of Landscaping as a Value Addition to your House

Posted on: July 18th, 2016 by Nahars Commander No Comments

Times have changed and with so many choices and options available in the world of real estate the first question that is asked is what is unique about the house or flat and why should it be chosen from the rest of the other? Basically the question asked is the USP or the Unique Sales Proposition of the house or flat.

There was a time when it was thought that there is only a limit to what the builders or realtors can give as add-ons while selling the property. More focus used to be given the extra benefits as interiors for the house or flats and whether parking area is provided as an added benefit. Then came a time when parking area became a necessity and garden or playground or park became a nice to have. With parks and play areas for children these parks or play areas attached to flat or the house became the USP for realtors or builders.

Along with the park or play ground came the concept of landscaping. And slowly became an important feature. What is landscaping? If you Google for the meaning of landscaping you will find that it means the act of improving the aesthetic appearance of an area by changing its contours, adding ornamental features or planting trees shrubs. Simply stating, landscaping means changing the appearance of a particular area by decorating based on a particular theme.

It is very important to have landscaping that matches the theme of the house. It should be in accordance to the way the apartment complex or the house is built. That is because landscaping is basically done to improve the aesthetic look of a particular area.

Landscaping has its own importance. Just imagine sitting in the park watching your children play and enjoying a cool evening with your life partner. The mere thought makes us feel relaxed. But if the ambience doesn’t echo your mood then you experience would be more nightmarish than a memorable one. So it is very important to have the right kind of landscaping done for the area surrounding your house or flat which is an important add on to your house or flat.

Landscaping cannot be done by bringing a gardener and asking him to plant a few plants here and there. There is a lot of thought that goes behind it and there are specialists who have the expertise on designing the perfect landscape for a particular area. Usually people who are engaged in horticulture and artistic design are the right people who can give the right idea after analyzing the whole area.

A perfectly planned landscaping gives a completely different meaning to the whole area and can be real value add to the house and has changed from a good to have to must have feature of apartment complex and houses.