Are you a professional interior designer?
If so, then you have a big say when it comes to choosing the type of door hardware for your client’s home. It’s the finishing touch of their doors!
The client trusts you to make the right decision for them because they are either too busy or they just don’t know what is good. They often just want the best of everything and expect you to be in the know of what will suit their amazing house.
As you are carefully aware, door handles and locks are kin-aesthetic items which the client will use every time they’re at home. If they are extremely happy with them, like other things you have chosen, they will be pleasantly reminded of you.
You control the selection of the door hardware for your client, but how much control do you have over the installation.....?
Do you always trust your builder to delegate the task of installing expensive door hardware to a competent carpenter? Maybe he has ace construction carpenters, but they are unfamiliar with the up-market brands you have chosen. The carpenter's could be learning as they go, which doesn’t give you much confidence over the final outcome.
Too many times, the homeowner is left unsatisfied with the way their doors open and close. They talk about how much money the handles cost them and yet they don’t look or functioning like they should.
Not only that, sometimes the client is afraid to complain to the builder and so they pay for a specialist hardware installer to adjust the locks, handles, bolts etc. Sometimes these brand-new doors need patching or replacing, which damages reputations.
Do you get to choose who installs the hardware you've chosen for your client.....?
To avoid the risk of having your carefully chosen door hardware roughly installed, seriously consider using a specialist. Tell the builder you would like to use your own installer.
If you don't know a specialist installer, ask your supplier to recommend someone. This is for the client's sake and your own!
This article was written by a very experienced hardware installer in Sydney, who is constantly having to fix up the work of builders, carpenters and locksmiths!
The Tidy Tradie - Lock Carpenter