When in the home buying or home selling process, many times the last thought on your mind is the garage door. That is when you’re not worrying about curb appeal. However, once you’re in a real estate process, you might need to think again and remember to check a few things on your garage doors when you’re buying or selling a home.
Garage Doors for Home Sellers
Home sellers realize that a garage door is one of the best ways to increase your curb appeal. If you’re looking for a great way to get a great investment – consider replacing your garage doors. You’ll get your money back in the end. Replacement garage doors can make your home look nice. Plus, newer technologies also offer safety and convenience benefits (you can even open your garage door with an iPhone app now.) While most may not buy a home strictly on the garage door, having these updates to appearance, technology and safety are sure to attract future buyers.
Garage Doors for Buyers
Did you know that a home inspector will be reviewing the garage doors of a home? You probably expect for the foundation, roof and exterior to be checked, but did you know that the garage doors are all part of that process, too? And you’ll want to make sure you’re getting a home with good garage doors before you move in.
A home inspector will inspect the garage door for any visual damage – this is everything from scratches to needed repairs. In addition, some home inspectors even offer a RecallChek service where they will log each appliance in your home – garage door opener included. That way you can receive notice in the event any part of your garage door opener system is recalled and needs replaced.
While your inspector won’t take a lot of time reviewing your garage door, be prepared that it will be checked and ensured that it’s up-to-date. In the event a replacement garage door or garage door opener is needed, you can ask for an inspection contingency on your contract and ask the seller to replace or negotiate replacement costs.
Home Buying and Garage Doors
Garage doors may not be the first thing on your home buyer checklist, but make smart choices when purchasing a home and check out each part of the house – including the garage doors. A home is the largest investment you’ll ever make, and so make sure you’ve checked each area of the house before you buy.