Hiring a company to work on your home can be intimidating. Having strangers walking around your property can be a little unsettling, and if you’re having some renovation done, seeing a stranger demolishing part of your home is even weirder! When someone is going to be working on your home, it pays to choose carefully – but how do you know what to look for in a contractor? Finding the best company can be a challenge, with so many companies vying for your attention and money! We’ve compiled some of our top tips, specifically looking at how to choose a garage door company. Most of these will be applicable to other industries as well, of course.
At the end of the day, the most important thing is getting work that you’re happy with done at a price that you’re happy with. Selecting a company that can guide you towards that resolution (while avoiding any potential pitfalls or disasters along the way!) is critical in having a result that you’re happy with. We’ll being with a list of ways to get work you’re happy with, then move on to a list of ways to get a price you’re happy with!
First and foremost, finding a company with expertise will help you end up happy with your final product. Regardless of the job being done – a repair, a full replacement, or even a new door addition – experience allows a technician to plan ahead for any potential problems. In addition, only someone with expertise could help you choose what product will be the best fit for your needs. There are countless ways to design and install a garage door, and what works for one home or business may not work for you. Only a company with expertise will know how to get the result you’re looking for.
On that same note, find a company that will offer you good guidance. If they’ve been installing garage doors for decades, they’ll know exactly what door to recommend for your situation. Any adaptations of changes that have to be made to your door can be clearly explained. When it comes time to make a purchase, a company willing to explain what you actually need and what would just be nice additions. If you’re having a new garage door installed, it can be difficult to choose what model, what opener, and even what color would work with the rest of your home’s exterior. Finding a company that can lend their experience to help you can make a huge difference.
In order to appreciate a company’s guidance, you have to trust them. Working with someone trustworthy is one of the most important steps you can take, because a lack of trust can lead to countless other problems. Firstly, a company that isn’t trustworthy might mislead you, charging you for things you don’t need or doing an improper job fixing your door. When you find a trustworthy company, you can be sure that they’ll provide you with a quality service at a fair price. But how can you judge which company is trustworthy and which one isn’t?
The primary way to make this decision is to look up that company’s reputation, through reviews and testimonials. A company with very few reviews is likely newer or has recently re-branded, which can be a warning sign. If a company has been in service for years, they’ll likely have numerous reviews on websites like Google, positive or negative! Checking these reviews and finding what people liked and didn’t like about working with a particular company can give you a better idea of who a company is and what kind of work they do. Look for a company that customers enjoy working with, and you’ll likely have the same experience.
There are a few other points you can check when deducing if a garage door repair and installation company is reputable. Firstly, find a company that offers a warranty on the products they sell. Many manufacturers honor warranties on their products, and a reputable garage door company will have the confidence in their own work to offer you the same. Next, make sure that the company you select employs their technicians. If your job is being handed off to a sub-contractor, they have next to no accountability for any problems in their work, and you’ll be setting yourself up for disappointment. Thirdly, look for a company that is properly insured. A company working without any insurance is taking a dangerous risk and likely not qualified to work on your home.
Once you’ve found a company that seems to meet these criteria, it’s important make sure they match the price point you’re looking for. Be wary of any company that can provide a complex quote over the phone, because every garage is different and some companies that offer a one-size-fits-all quote may change their price once they actually see your job. These are our top tips to finding a garage door repair or installation company that matches the price you’re looking for.
Firstly, find a company that will be upfront with you about the cost of your project. Anyone who changes their price during the job or refuses to quote you anything may be trying to take advantage of you! Get an in-person quote from a technician that has seen your problem, and be suspicious if that quote changes for some reason.
Some companies may try to up-sell you things that you don’t actually need, assuming that you don’t know what you’re talking about. It only takes a few minutes to read some of our blogs and learn a little bit more about your garage door, and it will be much harder for a malicious company to take advantage of you if you’re an informed consumer. Make sure that the technician is clear about what work they’re going to do and why their going to do it. You’ll be able to make more informed decisions if you understand why each job has to be done, or if it doesn’t.
Find a company that carries a wide range of parts, and is able to provide the exact product that you want. With how long a well-maintained garage door can last, it pays to choose carefully so that you can get the exact thing you’re looking for. Additionally, a company without many options is likely not able to provide the kind of quality service that you deserve.
If you follow these guidelines, you should be able to find a company that has both the quality and the price to please. Making sure that you like and trust the people working on your home can give you enormous peace of mind, and help guarantee that you’re happy with the end result. At the end of day, what matters most is having a home or business that you like going to, and having the perfect garage door to greet you can be a party of that experience! If you want to upgrade today, give us a call and we can show you how much a new garage door can mean to you.