Vintage Door Hardware Business

While many people drudge away during their morning commutes and sit idly behind computers all day at jobs they hate they are oblivious to the vast spectrum of creative independent ways that there are to make a living – this article will focus on the unique niche business of vintage door hardware distribution.

Wherever there is demand for a product there is opportunity to profit from satisfying that demand. When most people think of retail products they are most likely to think of high end products (flat screen televisions) or products that they frequently use in their daily lives (plates and glasses) but the reality is that pretty much every item people come in contact with (outside of nature and government services) is the end result of someone selling and providing that product with a profit motive. The same individuals with the tunnel vision that keeps them unhappily pushing papers around a desk Monday through Friday from nine to five are the same folks that are not allowing themselves to see the plentiful opportunities for increased freedom, earning, and career satisfaction.

For the individuals that aspire to chase ambitious entrepreneurial endeavors the surprising things most often holding them back are their own thoughts and ideas. Prosperous notions and ingenious money making ideas are all around each and every one of us during our every day lives. Our failure to recognize and more importantly capitalize on the opportunities that are right in front of our noises is due to an inability to see the micro picture.

The macro picture that includes the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow can quickly become overwhelming as thoughts of supply chain management, clients, distributors, and billing systems rapidly become too much to oversee in our heads. Further review can lead to a frequent road block known as “analysis paralysis” where there are so many ideas being worked on and processed at once that our mental tolerance is essentially over loaded and the system is shut down due to hyperactivity in much the same way that a circuit breaker is tripped to prevent total electrical disaster.

The real secret to success in any business venture is to find a niche where there are minimal and preferably no competitors. This, my friends is the secret to making serious money. Can you make money in mainstream organizations by keeping your head down, working hard, and progressing up the corporate ladder over a lifetime? Sure you can. But there are so many easier ways to make anywhere from a comfortable living to an extraordinary amount of income and contrary to popular opinion achieving such fulfilling success does not require being the smartest person in a room full of smart people. The situation worth pursuing is the endeavor that only requires you to be someone of moderate intelligence competing in an industry otherwise dominated by peers with below average intelligence.

The broad notion of targeting business opportunities that are lower profile and subsequently less competitive is a dynamic idea that is often best capitalized on in the areas you would least expect. This article is titled after the little known business of selling vintage door hardware because this is an excellent example of finding opportunity in the most unusual of places. The vintage door hardware business is much like any business model. The idea is to buy low and sell high. There is demand for vintage door hardware wherever people are renovating existing homes or offices, building new homes or offices with a desired vintage look, or are repairing/replacing vintage hardware that for any number of reasons has been damaged.

Having now grasped the most basic concept (buy low, sell high) and armed with a greater understanding of the demand for the product the final question you should be asking yourself is how to get a hold of this limited resource in order to profit from reselling it to the end consumers identified in the earlier target market analysis. The answer to this question can be resolved in much the same way any business issue can – by being creative. There is money to be made in finding unique solutions for consistent problems.

The most popular place that vintage door hardware distributors acquire their product is at construction sites where existing structures are being demolished or completely redone. In many instances the door hardware may even be tossed aside as garbage free for the taking. This scenario quite literally sets up an occasion where one man’s trash is in fact another man’s treasure. In larger more metropolitan areas where there is actually some competition (albeit generally not the national best and brightest) vintage hardware distributors bid on projects whereby in exchange for an agreed upon compensation they will have the right to take over the discarded vintage door hardware resulting from a large scale rehab project. In this way the free market sets the going rate but it is no where near the efficient market that high profile commodities like oil trade on, this is the benefit of being in a business that does not attract top notch competition.

The bottom line is that vintage door hardware distribution is just one of literally thousands of less competitive business niches that have such little competition that success is all but guaranteed.

Jeff has worked in the vintage door hardware business for some time now and has learned a lot during his time on Earth. The thing he’s found most surprising is that even days spent analyzing door handles aren’t so bad when the end of every month involves counting money in your pocket.

Selecting A Custom Home Builder

Finding a Maryland Custom Home Builder can be very exciting, very rewarding and VERY nerve racking if the proper “Due Diligence” is not exercised.

Beware of the BAITERS!

What is a BAITERS?

A “Baiter” is a Builder that will quote a ridiculously low price per square foot dollar amount. The low price per square foot grabs your attention. The tactic / ploy then entices you to contact the Custom Builder. It is when you start “peeling back the onion” that you start to realize that the ridiculously low price per square foot number didn’t include everything (site work, all permits, etc…) and is being quoted with low grade / sub standard materials.

What are the “Make Sure” things to do when selecting a Maryland Custom Home Builder?

1) Make Sure that the price quoted by ANY Maryland Custom Home Builder is ALL inclusive. This includes, but is not limited to, ALL of the permits, ALL of the necessary site work (driveway, excavations, septic, etc…) and ALL of the necessary hookups (water & sewer, well & septic, gas & electric). NO surprises later, when it’s too late. If you are not a handyman you will want the Custom Home Building process to be completely “Turn-Key”.

2) Make Sure that you compare “Apples to Apples” when comparing materials used by any Maryland New Home Builder. The use of 2×4 construction versus 2×6 construction, Formica Countertops versus Granite Counter tops, Single Hung windows versus Double Hung Windows, Brick versus Vinyl Siding, Grades of Cabinets, Grades of Carpet, Grades of Appliances, the list can go on and on… The best thing to do is run a computer spreadsheet comparing the included specifications of one perspective Custom Home Builder to another Custom Home Builder.

3) Make Sure that you visit a couple of Custom Homes that are under construction to check out “Build Quality” and actual materials used. If you see a subcontractor / vendor onsite, don’t take up an inordinate amount of time (they are working) but ask them, “Do you like working for this particular Custom Builder?” If there are any payment problems or if it is a poorly run jobsite you maybe surprised at the candid answers you will receive. Notice the condition of the job site. Is it sloppy or messy? This may be an indication of a “I don’t care” attitude.

4) Make Sure there is a communication process in place during construction. EVERY week you should be informed of what events are scheduled on your home for that particular week. Pictures, emails, phone calls, etc… are all excellent tools for a Maryland Custom Home Builder to stay in touch with their client.

5) Make Sure that ANY builder you are considering has EXCELLENT customer references. Contact several references and ask them about their overall experience with the Custom Builder. If people weren’t happy with their experience – they will tell you.

Vintage Door Hardware – Effective Periodic Cleaning

If you are using vintage door hardware made of brass for achieving the antique look, you should know that they need to be cleaned periodically. When you buy it for the first time, these types of door hardware are normally tarnished which needs to be cleaned till the required results are obtained. First of all, place a masking tape over the door hinges side on the outside, the door has to be closed while doing this. Now, after opening the door, you need to tape the hinges around on the other side. This way, the door and the frame can be protected from brass polish. Hinges have to be removed entirely and the door has to be rehanged once the task is completed and the hardware is cleaned.

The rest of the door hardware has to be removed, especially the knobs. Most of the door knobs will have two screws which have to be removed. Remember to put on rubber gloves before starting the process to protect your hands from cleaning agents and chemicals. The level of tarnish collection on the hardware should be analyzed before starting the procedure. If it has not been cleaned for several years, there is a need to soak it in concentrated ammonia for about sixty minutes. For lesser tarnishing, this is not required.

If you are convinced about the less severe tarnishing, you need to apply the polish using a soft material; cloth would be the most perfect option. Rub the vintage door hardware with the polish. Hard rubbing is highly recommended. If you are worried about rubbing hard on this antique hardware, you should know that hard rubbing would help in the removal of more grime, grit and tarnish from the antique piece, thereby helping in the restoration of its original look. Sometimes, you need to spend hours before the door hardware regains its lost style. Several pieces of clothes will also be required.

If you are satisfied about your cleaning, you need to spray it so that a lacquer finish is given to the hardware. But, this is not compulsory while cleaning the hardware and is up to the person to decide whether this should be done or not. You should also know that this polish will come out after a certain period of time. When this happens, you need to clean the hardware again. However, with such a polishing on the traditional door hardware, the cleaning can be made less frequent. After cleaning the vintage door hardware completely, you need to return to the brass hardware and other doorknobs followed by the removal of the tape from the hinges edges. An example of a manufacturer of this product is Omnia. The vintage door hardware is good for cabinet, screen and pocket in any room, but people like to keep them on the front doors since they are impressed by how attractive they appear.

New Home Builders: Get What You Want

When it comes to living in different homes, you have moved around a couple of times. You have lived in the dorm, an apartment, a townhouse and even a duplex. Although most of these accommodations have been nice, they had already been lived in by someone other than yourself. They really did not feel like home. Besides, since you never owned your own home, you never got to make decorating changes that would make it your own.

But, that is all going to change. You have finally decided to move into your own home. You want it to be nice, comfortable and brand new. You have picked the design of home that you want. You have even picked out which section of town that you want to live in. However, the one thing that you are stumped about concerns the home builder. You don’t know the slightest thing about what to look for in a builder. This is the first time that you have ever bought a home. Most importantly, this is the first time that you are getting a home built to your specifications.

However, don’t get stressed out. Choosing a competent house builder is pretty easy to do. Of course you are going to pick new builders that are experienced and qualified to do the job. However, there are other things that you might want to take into consideration as well. The following are just a few of them:

Is he willing to work with you? Find a home builder that does not have a problem with building your dream home based upon your specifications. When you are looking for the ideal builder, remember that you want a home that is built according to the things that you want and not what the builder is trying to offload to his customers. Is the builder willing to customize your home according to your tastes? Many times builders are willing to build homes based upon what the homeowner wants. Choose the colors for your kitchen counter tops and cabinets. Choose the carpet color for your living room. Maybe you don’t want carpet at all. You would prefer hardwood instead. Don’t get stuck with what you builder wants. After all, you’ll be paying the mortgage. Choose a house builder that will let you make selections that will customize your home just for you.

Are you into the environment and want your home to reflect this? There are some home builders that will only build homes with materials that are environmentally correct. Does the builder offer energy efficient homes? Check into other homes that he has built in the past. Were they built with materials that are bio-degradable? If you are a person who is committed to living a green lifestyle, these are the types of things that are very important to you? Why live in a home that does not represent the person that you have become?

Does your home builder have the same vision that you do? Do you like his home designs. Find a house builder who builders traditional styled homes, if that is what you have your heart set on. Do not settle for a builder who only builds homes with a contemporary slant.

Tips on Choosing a Home Builder

Purchasing a house and turning it into your home comes into the list of very important and exciting activities of your life. It is a buy for keeps. You must consider every point before buying your house and before choosing the builder of your house. The home builder must be scrutinized before you give them the contract – the responsibility to build your abode.

Plan Beforehand

To get what you want, you must know it and accordingly plan beforehand. Plan on what type of home you desire, the space and its usage and flexibility, the exteriors and extra space like garden or garage, the interiors and their accommodating ability, the plumbing, conveniences and looks.

After adjusting, decide on your price range – how much are you ready to spend. Plan on what services you require from your builder like warranty, post delivery service and maintenance and modes of record of dealings. These will help you communicate with your builder and you will be able to let them know what you desire.

Research for Builders

Once you have your plans, find out the builder you want. For this, you must read through recent journals and newspapers with advertisements and contract offers. You should also keep in touch with your local builders’ association. Surf online and stay alert for electronic messages that give you information about builders. Look through Yellow Pages.

Visit home shows. Look for specialized builders, custom home builder and new home builders as well as experienced ones. You can talk to recent and old buyers and jot down their advices and contacts.

Questions You Must Ask

Visit promising builders and ask your questions. Have a communicative and candid relationship with your builder. Ask if they are willing to let you talk to their previous clients for recommendations. Find out how long they have been in business, what their experiences are and what kind of reputation do they have. Be judgmental and clear about if they meet your requirements, but avoid being snobby. It is important for the builder to like you as well as it is vice versa.

Ask them if they will give you written records of their dealings and services. This will prove their ingenuity. If you are interested in customizing your home, ask builders if they do so. Ask where they are going to buy raw materials for and if they are ready to allow you to accompany them at times for inspection. Ask if you can inspect the house after completion and before delivery. Also find out what compensation and insurance services do they offer.

Choosing Your Builder

Once you have got answers to your questions from different builders, compare them. Select the one that fulfills your desires more conveniently. Then find out more about the builders from previous buyers and their associations. Go and look at houses they have built. Find out the longevity and quality of their houses. These are the basic requirements.

Also find out what they do if customer’s requirements are not met with after the home is built. Go to builders’ associations to check previous records. Gather all the information you can about your builder and their work. Take time, weigh your possibilities, listen to others while keep your mind unbiased and then select your builder. Wishing you a happy home warming.

Pocket Door Hardware (Modern and Antique Styles)

Pocket Door Hardware

Pocket doors are a classic way to provide privacy to a room, while maintaining an open feel when not in use. They require a specific type of hardware so that they may slide effortlessly back into their hiding places. This doesn’t mean that they have to be any less decorative or authentic. Our website offers many different options for strike plates and door pulls, with or without a lock feature.

There are several vintage finishes to choose from including several varieties of bronze, to best reflect your personality and decorating style. We have classic antique styles, as well as a more modern design. Our antique and antique reproduction hardware is exactly the finishing touch you have been searching for to complete your restoration project.

Each item, from our strike plates to our door pulls; come in bronze, stainless steel and brass. Each accessory is exquisitely crafted and will bring style and the feeling of antiquity to any home. Pocket doors allow a room to have the feeling of a Victorian home as well as offering more space. This style of door can make a house feel like a home with its openness and easy accessibility to the room. When privacy is a concern, we offer single pocket and double pocket locking mechanisms.

If you are restoring, creating or adding to the d├ęcor of a room, we have the hardware that is accurate functionally, chronologically and decoratively. If you have pocket doors for their style or for their space saving capability, you truly have a unique and functional door. Adding the right accents can make these doors a focus of conversations for your friends and guests for years to come. We make it easy and inexpensive to get the hard to find hardware that matches your project needs. Check out LookInTheAttic & Company for a complete selection of both Antique style hardware and modern hardware for pocket doors of all sizes!