Looking For A New House? Don’t forget to check the Garage Door!
If you’re looking to buy or sell, the housing market has been booming for a good few years now. And with even more people predicted to head to the area for work, family or lifestyle reasons, all signs point to increased activity in the future.
If you’re planning on moving house, chances are that you’ve already started looking online or in-person at new houses. And while you’re surely looking at things such as amenities, square footage, surrounding area and other key factors, there’s one that’s in particularly overlooked on a regular basis that you should definitely check before you make your offer: the garage door. Here are a few reasons why:
Garage doors are a major appliance, meaning if something out of the ordinary goes wrong then you can expect to pay a rather costly repair or replacement bill. Be sure that you have a garage door inspected so that if any work needs to be carried out you will know before you make your decision on buying/renting the house.
Did you know that garage doors are vital for making your home energy efficient, both in the summertime when your air conditioner will be used, and in the winter time when your heating bills normally hit sky high. A garage door that is poorly insulated or an improperly fitted garage door will boost the costs of your cooling and heating bills.
Burglars like to make the job as easy and possible for themselves, which means they will take the path of less resistance. If your home has an insecure garage door then the burglars will be targeting your home in a heartbeat. Be sure to take into consideration the security level of the garage door and to be sure you add this into your cost-of-ownership as a number one priority before you move in.
Garage door opening systems can be expensive to repair, plus they can put your safety and security at risk. Be sure to look beyond the garage doors exterior and inspect all of its mechanisms such as its chains, springs, rollers, bearings and so on. As stated before, if you detect there are repairs needed, then you will want to factor this into your offer or expected cost of ownership.
Garage doors substantially play an imperative part of your potential new homes overall value and sales appeal. It may seem unimportant to you right now as you’re looking to move in not resell, but if you don’t expect to change move home again for years, it pays to think about this now so you’re prepared in the future. Ask yourself, “If I had to unexpectedly move home, would this garage add to its sales appeal?”
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