Door hardware – Have you got a handle on it?
First impressions count. The first thing that a visitor or potential purchaser will actually come into contact with when they reach your home and make contact with it is your door or gate hardware. By this I mean the latch on your gate, the pull of your door chimes, the button of the doorbell or the handle of the door. What could put a buyer off more than a door that is difficult to open or a handle that is not sturdy to the touch. What chance would you have of clinching that all important sale if your property viewer finds the door knob comes off in their hand or finds that they have to enter your property through the window because the door hardware prevents the front door being opened.
Not very likely I know but imagine that you’ve invited your Boss for dinner to discuss that all important raise and the first thing he gives you when you open the door is the latch from the garden gate that you’ve been meaning to repair for ages.
Don’t put it off any longer. Replacing your door hardware will update your property or, with some retro door furniture, may even move it back to an age when it had its original features. New handles and door locks will improve the security of your property and may even gain you a discount on your home insurance, thus offsetting the cost of the replacement.
Many people are concerned with the look of their door furniture and want everything through their home to match. A contemporary update to your living space is greatly enhanced if you take the time to change your door handles and some perfectionists will even change the doors themselves.
At the other end of the scale changing only the plastic door handles on that tired old bedroom furniture can give it a new lease of life. The positive feel of a solid metal handle pushing your drawers closed can save money in the long run. Your partner may feel that they’ve got new bedroom furniture without you having to go to the expense of actually buying any. A few dollars wisely invested in new handles and latches could save thousands in the short term. An ageing but serviceable kitchen can be given a new lease of life with new cabinet hardware and doors. Any Realtor will tell you that a kitchen is one of the major selling points when trying to market your house or rent out your property. A lick of paint on the doors and new handles can add a great deal to the price you can command for the property.
Door hardware is available in every conceivable style and finish and can be made of a wide variety of materials, rope and stone being the most diverse I can think of. Before you take the plunge check out all of the on-line stores and ensure that you get a handle (no pun intended) on the deals available and exactly what you are going to do before you dive in.