5 Signs of Quality Installations That Clients Notice – Pt 1

Building and modifying homes is more than just construction. You are creating a home environment that will shape the lives of its residents. Clients and home buyers know this, which is why they look for the finer touches that indicate quality installations. There are distinct differences between elements installed from a guide and those installed by experienced professionals. High standards are the name of the game, and there are many little ways to show your clients that your work is at the top of the industry.

These details are indicators of true craftsmanship and quality. The right finishing touches to use will depend on the installation and the design of your home. If you’re ready to take your real estate business to the next level with professional signs of quality work, join us in exploring the top five signs of quality installations that your clients will notice.

  1. Precision in Quality Installations

  2. Professionally Complete Installations

  3. Paint and Polish

  4. Finer Details

  5. Oversight

Precision in Quality Installations

Precision is one of the most profound differences between the work of a skilled amateur and a renowned expert. The expert has done their tasks many hundreds to thousands of times. Their hands are practiced and every movement is precise. That precision can be seen by clients in every line, every shade of paint, every architectural finish. When it all comes together perfectly without a drip of paint or uneven line in sight, clients notice.

Straight and Level

Installing architectural finishes can be done quickly or carefully, but it takes practice to do both. With every element of the home, apply a level along the way to ensure that everything is at perfect right angles and parallel lines. This precision is paramount to display the quality installations of an expert team. Anyone can install molding or lightswitch covers. Only the pros take time to level each and every finish.

Exact Measurements in Installations

If you are matching features of the house, like fitting shutters to windows, make sure your measurements are exact. Tiny overlaps or gaps are visible to the human eye and slowly catch the attention of touring clients. Little imperfections in measurement show throughout the home. This is why taking exact measurements and being precise with your materials is essential. Many home builders work with a planning tool to make minuscule adjustments to an element’s size before installation.

Quality Installations Have Perfect Alignment

Measure your mounting points and drill-holes exactly. Make sure that each architectural finish is aligned perfectly with the home’s inherent elements. Corners, seams, and apertures define the lines of the house. Misaligned elements break those lines instead of enhancing them. But when alignment and design come together perfectly, the client’s eyes are drawn to the focal points of each room and they notice the design perfection.

Perfect Closures

When your cabinets close, do they bump against the frame or nestle perfectly into the door pocket? Are your door hinges so balanced that doors swish closed and fall into their latches without resistance? Clients notice these little details as a sign of high-quality craftsmanship and a dedication to precision, quality installations where it counts. Perfect closures are not just a show of skill; they truly upgrade a resident’s experience of the home.

Professionally Complete Installations

There are some elements of completion that are learned through professional training and experience. Completion comes from going through the same checklist many times and performing each task with skill and attention. As you master the basic steps, it becomes possible to then master the finishing touches that make a home look not just built, but finished.

Thresholds and Molding

The transitions between materials and planes are essential to the home environment. After all, there’s a reason well-built homes include hundreds of feet of molding and thresholds in every doorway.

Molding smooths the transition between planes and materials alike. Between the wall and ceiling, it rounds the upper corners of a room and hides the seam between the sheets of gypsum. Placing molding between the walls and floor hides the seam, protects the floor from moisture and dust, and protects the wall from shoe scuffs. Molding around apertures highlight the features and reinforce the opening.

Thresholds ensure that there are never tack nails or trip-ridges on the floors of your homes. Every doorway and every transition between floor materials should be lined with a threshold that locks in the flooring and protects feet.

Caulked Seams

Of course, there will still be visible seams. Between any two elements, there will be a seam. Caulk is a pro’s go-to solution for sealing that gap and getting rid of that dark line of shadow. Clients notice the slight shadow in the seam between two elements, so a well-caulked home is a beautiful example of professional completion.

Perfectly Matching Elements

Most homes have a small amount of mismatched design from the upgrades of various owners over the years. For instance, the shutters on the second story might be slightly different from the shutters on the lower story. The columns on the porch might not quite match the columns in the entryway. One of those completionist touches is to perfectly coordinate every architectural finish in the home.

Polyurethane Trim

Materials that look clean and unflawed are also a trick of the trade and a sign of quality installations, and not everyone knows how to choose. Polyurethane finishes look cleaner and endure well both indoors and outdoors. This saves homeowners on maintenance and helps a home to look fantastic even after bouts of bad weather or months between cleaning.

Paint and Polish

Everyone in the real estate industry understands the importance of paint and surface finishes. Simply repainting a home can completely transform the impression it makes, both for the interior and exterior design. This means the colors you choose and the expertise with which you apply the final layers of pigment and polish will shape how your clients perceive the home.

Compelling Color Palette

The first thing most people notice about a home is the color palette. There are homes that look dignified, striking, whimsical, or cozy. The colors of a home give it personality and style beyond the architectural details. Choosing a flattering and compelling color palette is a big part of designing a building and preparing it for clients. [Continued in Part 2]

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About Cheryl Bower

Cheryl has been a Lyon Hoag (Burlingame, CA) resident since 2004. She was raised in the Richmond District (San Francisco, CA). Licensed as a Realtor since 2005, she represents buyers & sellers in the San Francisco & San Mateo County real estate markets.