Garage door repairs can be expensive, and many people are worried that they’ll be overcharged or end up hiring a disreputable company. Most garage door repair companies are honest, but there are some bad apples out there. To avoid paying too much or getting involved with a dishonest company, follow the advice below.
Get More Than One Bid
The first rule of hiring a garage door repair company is to get more than one bid. The number most commonly recommended is three. This will allow you to get the best price possible. Make sure to let the companies know that you’re looking at other bids. This’ll entice them to keep their bid low in the hopes of winning your business. However, do notify the other two companies when select one company’s bid. You don’t want there to be bad blood in case you want to use one of the other companies in the future.
Check Out the Company
It is also very important to check out the company. Do a Google search, and see if you find anything worrying. Check reviews on websites such as Yelp and any other site that has reviews. Keep in mind that you should always take reviews on the Internet with a grain of salt. More on that below.
Word of mouth is the preferred way for many people to hear about a garage door repair company. When you get a recommendation from somebody you trust, you know that this is worth believing. Checking reviews online is all well and good, but for all you know somebody writing a negative review may be a disgruntled former employee. Of course, this goes both ways. Somebody writing a positive review online could be a current employee of the firm.
Look Up the Business’ BBB Ratings
If you want to see online ratings that are more trustworthy, check out the Better Business Bureau (commonly called the BBB). The BBB is an independent organization that specializes in checking and rating businesses. While it is important to keep in mind that the BBB is not a government agency, it is respected and referred to almost like a government agency.
Keep an Eye Out For Red Flags
If you have a hunch that something’s not right, listen to your gut. If the company seems too eager to get your business or promises you extremely low prices, take a step back. Always remember that something which seems too good to be true probably is. Another red flag to keep an eye out for is excessive advertising. If you see ads everywhere for a particular business, they may be desperate for new customers.
Some people are intimidated by the potential cost and hassle of hiring a garage door repair company. However, it doesn’t have to be overly costly or stressful. Simply follow the instructions in this article and you’re more likely to have a positive experience.