Buying a garage door replacement with a garage door opener can be a pricey investment in your home, but it is well worth the cost. The process might seem very simple, but there are some important things a shopper should know before making his purchase. The options can be overwhelming and knowing exactly what you need will keep you from making a mistake. There is more to the buying process than meets the eye. You also need to consider more than just which door looks the nicest or “goes” the best with your home. The materials and the craftsmanship are just as important as the look of the door. To make sure you are making a smart investment, take some time to consider what you need and research all of your options. After careful consideration, you will be better equipped to handle making the purchase.
Determine who you want to shop with. You should do some research and learn about the companies in your area that offer the product you want with the installation you need. Find out if the company you are considering is reliable and if they have a good track record with homeowners. Ask for references from the company and search for ones on your own. Obviously the company is only going to provide you with contact information for clients who were happy with their service. They can still offer helpful tips, but you need to know what the unhappy clients are saying, too. It is also important to do a little more background checking with organizations like the Better Business Bureau.
Before committing to installation and purchase, find out the total cost. Get a good faith estimate and once you have made your purchase, get a final estimate for installation costs. Also find out what the life-span of your chosen model is and if it comes with any kind of warranty. Remember, a cheaper option might be cheaper for a reason. If it is going to cost you more in the long run, it is not worth the initial savings.
Ask about the service and installation the company provides. Make sure the installation can be done in an efficient and timely manner. It also might need to be done while you are home, so find out what their installation schedule is and determine if it fits your personal schedule. There is no sense buying a product you need if it cannot be installed and used in a timely fashion. If you are dealing with a company that has a backlog of installation, you might want to look for someone else. Also find out if they subcontract installation. It is always better to deal directly with the same company from beginning to end.
Finally, ask about their guarantee. Do they back their product and their installation services? Can you count on them to be there if you need them? Have they been in business for a long time? These are all important questions to ask when determining the best company to go with.