4 Surprising Facts That New Homeowners Don’t Know About Garage Doors
So, you’ve just bought a new home. Congratulations! There’s a lot of paperwork, meetings, financial wrangling, and all sorts of headaches that go into purchasing a new home. You’re no doubt delighted with your achievement and want nothing more than to put your feet up. You’ve earned a good rest, but there are probably a lot of things about your new home that you’re just not aware of. The floorboards might creak alarmingly loud when you’re making your way to the bathroom at 3am, the cupboard doors might be a bit sticky, and you might hate the colour that the previous owners painted the living room. While you’re taking notes of all the things you didn’t realize, you might want to turn your attention towards your garage doors. Your garage is a big part of your home, and there are some important facts you need to know. If you think you can just brush these facts off and focus on the rest of your home, you’ll be rudely surprised. In fact, your home’s resale value and your wallet could end up taking a major hit. You could have to deal with extra garage door maintenance due to negligence or amateur mistakes. Those extra bills can really add up, and you don’t want to ignore the problem. You could even have to deal with garage door repair to solve your mistakes. Now that we have your attention, here are 4 surprising (but essential!) facts about your first home, its garage doors, and how to handle it.
#1: Your Garage Door Needs Regular Love
No, we’re not suggesting that you go and give your garage door a smooch every day before you head to bed (although the door might be grateful!) Instead, what we mean to say is that you need to set up regular garage door maintenance. Many people think that the time to call in a technician is when the door is broke and inoperable. To that, we remind them that people don’t go to the doctor when they’re already in too much pain to go about their daily operations. Instead, you get yearly check-ups to catch problems before they get too bad. Why not do the same for your garage door? You can save on repair bills and ensure that your door is always working when you need it. Trust us, you want to catch a worn torsion spring or a strained cable before they snap. And speaking of those two problems…
#2: Garage Doors Can Be Potentially Dangerous (And Even Fatal)
If you’ve stayed up late with a bowl of popcorn and a few horror movies from Netflix, you’ve probably seen tons of movies where things around a home go wrong and the terrified homeowner’s life is at risk. But did you know that there’s a real life hazard in your home? That danger is an unmaintained, disrespected garage door. If the tracking sensor that checks for obstructions stops working, a torsion spring breaks, or you try to handle a complicated job “DIY” style, you could end up being seriously injured (if not killed) by your garage door. Leave garage door maintenance to the pros and keep an eye out for any suspicious issues. Don’t make the horror movie protagonist mistake of thinking “It’s probably nothing!” Instead, be proactive and address any issues. If your health and safety isn’t an incentive, maybe our next point will scare you straight.
#3: Your Home’s Resale Value Depends on Your Garage
The Greater Toronto Area’s real estate prices are going up and up every year. In fact, you made a smart decision by purchasing a home now before they spike to even higher prices. But if you want to sell and recoup your initial investment years down the line, you better keep your home in good shape. No one wants to buy a home with walls soggy from water damage, entire rooms crowded with your old newspaper collection, and signs of neglect everywhere. Despite the previous sentence being common sense, some unaware homeowners will let their garage fall into neglect and disrepair even if they don’t use it. Scheduling regular garage door maintenance and ensuring that everything is in working order is a smart business move. That’s right: studies have shown that improvements and garage door repairs lead to high returns on investment. In fact, it will give a 75%+ return, whereas kitchens and bathrooms only give 50-60%. It’s clear that keeping your garage repaired and working is like putting money in the bank.
#4: Garage Door Tech is More Advanced Than You Think
The only real piece of advice that homeowners get about their garage door operator and other pieces of tech is “if it’s more than ten years old, replace it”. This can sometimes seem odd, especially when you look at a cell phone from ten years ago and compare it to the modern day version in your pocket. But it’s easy to shrug off; after all, maybe garage door tech has just reached perfection and there’s no need to improve? Actually, the reality is that there’s tons of cool tech that your garage door can use. There’s tech for your garage door to make your home safer and your doors work better; they’re just not as advertised as other gadgets. Do some investigation and you’ll soon find that you can make your garage door as high tech as your living room!
These 4 facts are things that your average brand new homeowner doesn’t know – but they definitely should! For more information on every facet of homeownership, from investment to garage door maintenance to home safety, visit the McKee-Horrigan Inc. blog. We’ve got lots of information to sate your curiosity. And if you need service or maintenance for your doors, just give us a call at 1 888 244 4171 and we’d be happy to discuss your needs and give you a free quote. Now go ahead and put your feet up – you deserve it!