A garage door is a major investment in your home, and this means that hiring an honest garage door contractor for the job is crucially important. You never want to feel that products and services are being upsold to you, or that you are paying more than you should for the service you receive. If you are worried about choosing the right company for your garage door needs, here are some tips to keep in mind as you do your research.

Ask your neighbors

Your neighbors are great and trustworthy sources to come to for a garage door specialist reference. They will know which garage door specialists serve your area and can even tell you about the quality of work that was done on a home that is likely similar to yours.

Verify that they are licensed

It’s highly important that you do business with a garage door company that is licensed to work in your particular state. The licensing process varies by state, but generally a company must pass a series of tests relating to construction and safety laws, as well as prove sufficient formal training in order to be licensed. In the state of Utah, homeowners can check with the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing to verify that a company is licensed with the state.

Look for additional certifications

Additional certifications can help set a licensed and qualified garage door company from a truly great one. A Plus Garage Doors, for example, is both Gephart approved and certified by the International Door Association, an organization that is devoted to furthering the professionalism of door and access system specialists. A Plus is also IDEA certified, meaning that we are highly invested in consistently increasing our knowledge of the garage door industry. In every industry there are certifications that will set certain companies apart from the rest, so when doing your research on a garage door specialist, be sure to look for these types of certifications displayed on their website.

Meet with the specialist in person

An honest garage door specialist will meet with you in person for an estimate and to answer any questions you may have before hiring them for your special project. This is a good time to get a feel for how a particular garage door specialist operates as a company and to ask questions such as how long the project will take, how much it will cost, whether they are insured, and whether their trucks are fully equipped for every step of a garage door repair or installation process.