Garage Door Openers & Home Selling

Garage Door Openers & Home Selling: An Often Overlooked Part of the Real Estate Transaction

Purchase offer contracts protect homeowners and home buyers during a real estate transaction. These contracts put expectations of both parties into writing to help ensure a smooth and fair transaction.

A standard real estate purchase offer contract includes a section called the “Real Estate Transfer Disclosure Statement,” which asks homeowners to disclose the types and numbers of fixtures in the home. Home sellers are required to complete the inventory of fixtures early in the home selling process, so the home buyers know what they’ll get when the sale is final.

An Automatic Garage Door Opener Is A “Fixture”

The little automatic garage door openers that clip to the inside of your vehicle visor are considered fixtures on a real estate contract. The number of openers disclosed on the contract are the number of openers that are required to be handed over when the sale of the home is final.

Fixtures Must Be Turned Over When Your House Sells

As a home seller, it’s your responsibility to ensure that the home buyer gets what he or she was promised when the sale of the home goes through. Failure to turn over the expected number of garage door openers when the sale of the house is complete could result in problems or delays in the selling process. The only remedy is to buy replacement remotes.

Know How Many Automatic Garage Door Openers You Have

Many homeowners fill out their Transfer Disclosure Statement without confirming whether or not they can find their garage door openers. These little tools have a way of getting lost with time. Some break, others get put into junk drawers or shoved into boxes and packed away. When the time comes to produce these fixtures, many sellers are unable to produce the promised quantity. Some are unable to produce any at all.

Track Your Garage Door Openers Throughout the Move

Once you’ve identified the number of garage door openers in your home and have filled out the Transfer Disclosure Statement, each clicker must be put somewhere safe until the sale is final. This can be a hectic time for many sellers, who are usually packing to move as the sale proceeds. Sellers who do not use their garage door openers and who need to keep track of them throughout the move can do so by taping the opener to the control panel in the garage.

Any garage door opener that is used on a regular basis can be tracked by simply keeping them in the same place where they are always kept, whether that’s in the car, purse or brief case.

Work With Your Real Estate Agent

If you’re a home seller who has determined that you cannot find the garage door opener that you disclosed on your Transfer Disclosure Statement, your real estate agent can help you decide how to handle the problem. They will also help you determine what other features of the home are considered fixtures.

Article written by Greg Geilman, REALTOR® President and CEO, South Bay Residential

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Types of Garage Doors

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Depending on their needs and preferences, homeowners can choose from many types of garage doors. Garage car doors are different based on the material they are made of and how they open and close. Homeowners also consider the aesthetic value and the theme they want to create in their home when choosing a suitable garage door.

Types based on operating mechanics

The canopy up-and-over is a popular garage door. The door protrudes forming a canopy when open. The canopy up-and-over door can both be opened and closed manually or by the use of a remote mechanism. Unlike other types of garage doors, this type allows room for a wide drive through.

The retractable up-and-over garage door resembles the canopy up-and-over. The contrast is in the location of the arms that raise the door and the drive through space.

The sectional garage door and the roller shutter garage door are the most popular options available to homeowners. The doors can be brought up and down using remote control operation.

Unlike the other first two garage doors, these offer the owner more security. There are round cornered, side hinged, silvelox and many other types of garage doors that modern homeowners can choose based on their operating mechanics.

Types based on the type of material

Homeowners can get steel garage doors. Steel garage doors are usually painted or designed with a composite material finish.

Wood garage doors have various kinds of wood including Meranti, Cedar, Fir and Redwood. Wood garage doors can also be painted to match the house or factory colors.

Homeowners can also get wood composite garage doors that usually have a frame made of wood and sheets of fiberboard. The composite wood doors have realistic details making them appear like real wood.

Manufacturers also make garage doors from fiberglass and steel. The fiberglass garage door has polyurethane insulation. You can get aluminum frame doors and Vinyl doors for your garage.

Homeowners should consult professionals to help them select the best garage door that suits their taste and type of house. With proper installation and maintenance, a garage door will maintain its high quality for longer. Call Precision Overhead Garage Door of San Luis Obispo for more information!

Commercial Garage Door Options

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Commercial garage doors are part of your business as well as your building, which is why choosing the right door is so important. Durability, functionality, appearance and being able to handle the flow of business, as well as proper installation and maintenance are commercial garage door options to consider.

Types of Commercial Garage Doors

Metal doors are durable, low maintenance, and very functional. They add a level of security to your business and are commonly seen on fire stations, municipal buildings and warehouses in the traditional panel style. Metal doors are often less expensive than other commercial door types and are versatile enough to allow customization that matches the look of your business.

Roll up doors have stainless steel mesh and aluminum frames, and some are fire-rated to stop flames and smoke from spreading if there is a fire. That is a level of protection any business owner can appreciate. Commonly seen in warehouses, condominiums and storage facilities, roll up garage doors are extremely durable and simple to operate. They can be more expensive than some other commercial garage doors. They can also be a challenge to install, which is why anyone choosing roll up doors needs to hire an experienced and competent professional installer.

Full-view garage doors are contemporary, modern and stylish, and they are designed to show off a business, which is why they are so popular with automobile dealerships, service stations and other businesses looking for higher visibility. In addition to looking good and allowing in large amounts of natural light, these mostly glass doors are very durable. Buyers can easily customize the color and glass to suit their tastes.

Professional Help

Whatever style of garage door suits your business needs, it is important to have professionals available for proper installation and maintenance. A garage door’s condition and operation is affected by hot and cold weather, direct sunlight and other factors, including wear and tear. So, when problems come up, a professional can evaluate it and determine the best solution. By having an experienced and certified professional on board, you can get the most life out of the commercial garage door you have chosen for your business.