What should you ask the contractor before you agree to a garage door repair estimate? If you're a first-time homeowner or this is your first experience with garage door damage, wear, or tear, take a look at the questions you need answers to right now.
What Does the Estimate Include?
The estimate may include the costs of materials, labor, or both. If the contractor doesn't clearly outline each price, ask for an explanation. Clarify all costs involved before you commit to this type of repair contract.
Are Additional Repairs Necessary?
Some repairs may have additional unexpected costs. If the repair process reveals other issues, the technician will need to address the potential problems. Even though these extra repairs may add to the estimate, failure to completely repair the garage door could result in a serious safety hazard.
Ask the contractor to notify you of any potential additional costs before they make the repair. This can help you to budget for the project and better understand the total expected payment.
Does the Contractor Have the Right Insurance?
While additional unexpected repairs may factor into the cost, damage caused by a contractor shouldn't. The contractor should have insurance that covers the costs of unintentional damage or work-related injuries. Verify the contractor's insurance status before you agree to an estimate. Failure to do so could result in you paying unexpected out of pocket expenses.
Is a Replacement Necessary?
Does the contractor feel confident the repair will fully solve the problem? According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), the average garage door last for between 20 and 25 years. A garage door opener has a slightly lower lifespan of 10 to 15 years. If your door is at the upper end of these averages, it's possible it will require a replacement.
Discuss the costs, pros, and cons, of a replacement versus a repair before you sign an estimate. If the repair is a quick fix or another damage exists, you may need to consider a full replacement.
Does the Work Come with a Warranty?
Whether you choose a repair or replacement, your garage door service should have a warranty. While the warranty may not cover the full costs of replacement or labor, it should limit the out of pocket expenses you would need to pay if the door or repair fails. Along with materials or parts warranty, the service provider should also back their work with a guarantee.Share