Garage doors are a massive investment. Therefore, it’s only best to find the right contractor for the job. Just as preferences, styles and locations vary, the right garage door or flooring company can mean all the difference to a job well done.
First off, you need to hire a professional for the job for plenty of reasons. One of the most essential is safety. The last thing you want is going full on DIY only to encounter an accident in the future. Remember that no amount of DIY is ever worth hurting yourself or around you for. Furthermore, you need a professional to do the job because it’s an extremely dangerous process. For one, metal garage doors are heavy. Plus, those torsion springs aren’t kidding around if you end up installing them incorrectly.
There are tons of garage door companies available out there. The trick is to be systematic about how to choose the best one for you. Whether you need one for your residential or commercial space, here’s how to choose the right garage contractor.
One of the first steps to take is gather recommendations from people you know. If your neighbor just got a new garage door installed, go ahead and ask whether s/he was happy about the contractor’s services. You can also check in with your local remodeling sector if they have any personal recommendations to hasten the process. A building inspector could also be a great source of information. The best thing to do is ask as many sources as you can. If one name keeps coming up, then it could just be the contractor you’re looking for.
Look up contractor marketplaces
Harness the power of the Internet in your search for the right contractor. It offers a wealth of talent from all over the globe, you’ll be surprised how many could be in your area. Some marketplaces can even go as far as offering you escrow services ensuring all work is done before any payments are made. Knowing that a contractor has an online presence is always a good sign. So be sure to not skip on what people have to say on the Internet.
Of course, the Internet isn’t safe from all harm. There are still scammers and tricksters everywhere. The key is to be at the right place and always countercheck with your local business bureau if the contractor you found is legitimate.
Scour for reviews and references
There are two R’s to finding the best garage door contractor for you: Reviews and references. Any trustworthy company would be more than happy to provide you with references or testimonials from previous clients. It’s a strong sign that they mean business and that they’ve been at it for quite some time. References are helpful but you shouldn’t stop there.
Reviews are honest, legitimate sources of information. Those who give it have already personal experiences with the contractor. A good place to be is at the Reviews section of the contractor’s Facebook page if they have any. Another source of reviews are online forums and a quick Google search. Remember, you are investing a considerable amount of money on those garage doors. The last thing you want is getting ripped off or not getting your money’s worth.
Check their portfolio
Sometimes, customers end up dissatisfied with the contractor they chose simply because they vary widely in taste. These garage door companies may be really good at what they do but they may not be the right fit for you.
The solution is to go over their portfolio even before setting up a meeting with them. Take the time to see their works and assess whether their designs are what you’re looking for. This will also help both parties save up a hefty amount of time and effort.
Go beyond phone interviews
Phone interviews are essential in the selection process. It allows you to get a feel of the potential person you’re going to work with. Plus, your primary questions could be answered right away. However, don’t stop there. Go beyond phone interviews and meet the contractor face to face.
What this does is it lets you realize whether the communication between both of you works. It’s something we like to think of as contractor-customer chemistry. If right off the bat you cant’ seem to get along with the person, then choose the next. We do highly recommend to meet up with 3-4 contractors. This way, you have more than enough to choose from.
Bonus: Find out if they give free estimates
A good plus is to have a contractor who is more than happy to provide a free estimate. From here, you can assess as early as possible whether it’s a reasonable deal, or the contractor you’re talking to provides fair prices.