Garage door repair work–especially a spring replacement–is not an easy job. It requires concentration, precision, measured action, and physical agility. On the customer’s end of things, a little preparation can go far in getting the garage door repair job done right and safely. Consider the following steps:
1. Remove all debris and liquids from the garage floor area.
Obviously, a sure footing is crucial to safety. Oil would be the worst problem. If there is oil present, put down an absorbent substance and sweep it away completely. Granular substances such as salt or sand are also hazards to sweep away prior to the repair visit.
2. Make sure that there is adequate lighting inside the garage.
If light bulbs are out, replace them. An easy thing to overlook during a busy time.
3. Make sure large items such as bicycles, garden tools and lawnmowers are clear of the garage door area.
Few things could be more of a nuisance to a garage door repair person than a bicycle in the way. The bicycle could get damaged as well. Garage door repair service The same holds true for the ever-present garden tools, sporting goods, and children’s riding toys.
4. Allow room in the driveway for the technician to park next to the garage door.
This one makes perfect sense, but it is very easy to overlook, as people tend to park in the same places by habit. The supply vehicle needs to be as close to the work area as possible. Move the car to the side and near the end of the driveway, and instruct any visitors to park in adjacent areas as permissible. That way the repair person can save steps and energy en route to a more careful job.
5. Offer a free drink–warm in winter, cold in summer.
A refreshing courtesy like this can go a long way, especially in seasonal weather extremes, where tiredness, overheating, or chill detract from alertness and peak functioning.
6. Do not open the garage door with the electric opener if the spring is broken!
Doing this may cause further damage. Some companies may not mind this from a revenue standpoint, but honest repair persons would advise not to open the door as usual. Best to wait until the technician arrives.
7. Have one of your remote control clickers in the garage.
An insider convenience–the technician wants to check the door’s sound at the end, and being able to move around with the remote control clicker causes the final check of the door to go more quickly.
8. Think of any other concerns there may be with the door.
Someone might say “A-ha–now I have opened the door to further charges!” Actually, addressing concerns such as squeaking, squealing, and the like will usually not result in significantly more payouts. Garage door repair people can spot the problems readily, and actually save residents money down the road as well. An example would be finding a frayed cable. While on site, the charge may be for 1/4 hr. to replace, but a minimum of one hour if the technician returned later to do it. So I would err on the side of getting concerns addressed on the spot.
9. Have the method of payment ready.
Going on a wild goose chase to get the credit card or checkbook holds up progress. Find these prior to the visit, and make sure the credit card is signed and current. Pre-write the date and payee on check if known. If a coupon is part of the deal, have it there with the method of payment.
10. Ask about possible discounts if appropriate.
Sometimes, a better deal on your garage door repair can be cut near the end of the job, if it takes less time than anticipated.