As a busy homeowner, you probably don’t have much time to install a garage door or even to repair the one that you already have. This can be a frustrating and daunting project that truly gets in the way of living a carefree life. Thankfully, there are tons of garage door installers and repairmen who will do an amazing job of getting these projects done at a price you can afford. While most companies out there are totally legitimate, there are some that could be considered a scam and their clients come away paying more than they should. It’s important to be able to tell a good company from a bad one.
Why a Good-Working Garage Door is Important
Having a good-working garage door is vital to everyday living. If your door is broken or isn’t closing properly, it is a security risk for you and your home. People will easily be able to get into the house just by going into the garage because the door isn’t working. Likewise, you need a secured garage door that functions properly for your own sanity. Let’s say that you come home from work and need to pull your car into the garage. You won’t be able to do this without first getting out of the car to pull the door up manually. It’s frustrating and aggravating to have a garage door that just doesn’t work, and it can also reduce the value of your home if you ever decide to sell it.
If you notice that your door is not functioning properly, it’s time to call in a repair person. If you’d like to install a new garage door and get rid of the old manual one, an installation company will be able to do this for you.
What is Up-Selling?
You have probably seen up-selling before when having home projects or car repairs done. It’s when a sales person tells you that you need to have more work done than you actually require. For example, a plumber might come to your home and let you know that you need all new piping throughout the house when you truly only need a small line repaired or replaced. You go to the car mechanic for brakes on your car only to find out that you need new routers, pads and tires to boot. This is called up-selling, and it’s a sales strategy that companies use to sell more products and make more money. It’s something you’ll want to avoid because it will cause your project from going from affordable to impossible. Unfortunately, garage door installers and repairmen are known for up-selling, too, so it’s vital that you do your research before hiring anyone.
How to Decipher Between a Legitimate Business and a Scam
A legitimate business will be very straight-forward when it comes to the work they’ll be able to do. They’ll let you know how much the installation or repair will cost and what you should expect to pay at the end of the work. They may bring a calculator with them that enables them to quickly compute the price of the project while they’re there, which eliminates the need for them to go back to the office just to crunch the numbers. The company will also be reputable, licensed and insured. If the company isn’t insured, steer clear of them because if someone gets hurt on the job, you’re fully responsible for paying their medical bills.
An illegitimate company will often come into your home looking for a problem. They will essentially make a mountain out of a mole hill and tell you that you need more work done that you actually do. For example, if you need simple garage door repairs, the serviceman will come to your home and tell you that the whole door is all wrong and needs to be replaced, or that the repairs are just too extravagant and more work is now needed. If you feel like you’re being scammed, there’s a pretty good chance that you’re right and it’s just a company looking to make more money. Read reviews online before hiring any one particular company because people are often unbiased when it comes to repairmen they’ve hired for home projects.
Contacting the Company for a Quote and Inspection
Now that you know how to decipher between a scam and a decent company, it’s time to contact a few of them to get some prices and to have the work inspected. If you’re planning to have a garage door installed, the company will need to come to your property and take measurements before starting the work. If you need repair work done on an existing door, the repairman will need to look over the issue to give you a price. Don’t be afraid to get multiple quotes from varying companies before making the final decision on who to hire.
Having the Work Done
Once you have found the perfect company, they’ll get to work immediately on what needs to be done. In most cases, you’ll be paying the company for the entirety of the project as opposed to by the hour. This is beneficial because it prevents a company from milking the clock and working longer hours than they should just because they want to make a little more money on what they’re doing for your home.