This post originally started life as a rant, fuelled by our own experiences, of what happens to local businesses when cheap imports start flooding domestic markets (something of a problem in our industry).
Instead, we decided to turn that frown upside down, and while it’s written from our perspective, it could arguably be applied to most service industries, and shows why you should choose a professional trade or service person over a cheap import.
(And yes, it’s all about value for money…)
If you’ve spent any time looking around our site, you may have noticed that we don’t sell do-it-yourself kits, gate motors or associated spare parts. And it’s something we pride ourselves on. It’s our point of difference. Because we feel that some jobs are best left to the professionals.
Like most jobs around the house, anyone can do them. But it doesn’t mean that anyone should, so here’s our 4 reasons why you should hire a professional to install your automatic gate…
1. Gets the job done.
Sure, you can install that gate motor kit you bought on the internet yourself, but wouldn’t you rather be doing something you enjoy? Do you really want to spend your Saturday running around getting parts and tools that you need for the job? (And then Sunday installing it all?)
Not only will a professional be able to save your weekend, they’ll be able to install your gate motor at your convenience. Imagine leaving your home for work in the morning and returning to a brand new automatic gate?
2. Uses the Right Parts
With a half installed gate motor, you’ve just realised the kit you bought has the wrong size bolts in it. And the store just closed.
A professional installer will carry all the parts and tools they need for the job with them. Oh, and they’ll also tidy up after themselves, and show you how to use and look after your new automatic gate.
3. Knowledge & Experience
So it’s Sunday evening, it’s nearly dark. You’ve spent the whole weekend on “this #@&*%$! gate” and now you’ve finally finished it. Time for a test… (You probably know where this is going.)
A professional knows inside and out the systems that they install – because they do it day in, day out.
From the start of your job, when the technician arrives on your property to draw up your customised quote, to the very end as they sweep up the job site, their knowledge and experience is what gets you the right gate system installed properly and professionally, and backed by satisfaction guarantees and manufacturer warranties.
4. After Sales Service & Warranty
You just found out the supplier of the gate motor kit you bought on the internet doesn’t speak English. Now who you gonna call?
Knowing you have someone to call if you have a question or a problem offers you great peace of mind. A professional installer will answer your questions and source that spare part for you quickly and hassle free.
Finally… just because you can, doesn’t mean you should!
Yes, it may be that you can buy the parts cheaper on the internet these days. But when it goes wrong and you need to make that extra trip to the hardware store, or you just accidentally damaged the motor – how cheap is it now? And how much do you value your weekend trying to figure it out?
So choose a professional today, we DO know boats!