You’ve chosen the model, you’ve squared everything away with your garage door installation company—now all that’s left to do is wait for the exciting big day wherein your new garage door is installed, right?
Sort of! While we at Door Power, as a garage door company, do everything in our abilities to make this process as smooth and seamless as possible for you, your garage space will still necessarily be somewhat out of commission—and for many families, this can be a bit of a struggle. This isn’t to mention the sound of the power tools! Again, while we do our best to cater to client comfort, tools are inherently a bit noisy, which again might require a change in routine.
So your garage door installation day won’t be chaotic, just a little different. Here’s how to get ready and get through the day seamlessly.
Clear Out the Garage
No, it doesn’t need to be sparkling—but if you need to do some spring cleaning, go ahead! Garage door technicians need room to work as they move about on ladders and grab and lift heavy objects into place. Work will only be started when this room is available, as otherwise there is a significant safety risk to both staff and whatever you’ve stored in the space.
To make sure your family can get back to your daily routines as soon as possible, get this done before installation day. Pull out all valuables and stash them away somewhere inside so they’re safe. You should also pull vehicles out of the way and park them where they won’t get under anyone’s feet.
Consider Pet Welfare
Though Fido or Mister Whiskers might be beloved members of the family, they might fall by the wayside when you’re busy preparing for your garage door installation. But they deserve consideration too, if not for their own comfort for those who occupy the house. Nobody likes to live with a yapping, anxious dog who is terrified of what’s going on outside.
If you have a sensitive animal that does not do well with change, consider having a familiar neighbor or family member watch it in a separate location. Pet hotels, while a convenient solution, can be pricey and stressful in their own right.
Make Sure the Kids Know the Rules
Older, school-age kids might inherently know to stay out of your technicians’ way, but toddlers might be fascinated by the intricacies of a garage door installation pro’s work. To make sure your child stays safe and that work gets done efficiently, chat with them beforehand about what will be happening to the house in the coming days. Let them ask questions; thoroughly understanding a set rule or boundary will help keep your youngster from breaking it.
Ensure Your Availability
You shouldn’t need to hover around your residential garage door installation team—yes, even when they’re doing something as complex as replacing your garage door cables! That being said, your hired help will certainly appreciate it if they can contact you with questions to make sure they get the job done right. If something unexpected comes up, they’ll want to let you know and adjust course to your liking.
If your job is particularly demanding, let the higher-ups know ahead of time that you might need to take five for a phone call at some point during your garage door installation. Depending on the technician’s preference, you may also want to make sure an adult is home to meet them. That adult won’t need to hang around during the entire process, but some garage door companies are partial to a human presence at the work’s beginning.
Consider Where you Want Your Wall Keypads
So much focus is put on the garage door itself that many homeowners forget to choose where they want the keypad for their garage door opener to go! Whatever brand you choose, be it Liftmaster, Sears, or something else entirely, it’ll need to be located at an easily accessible and convenient spot outside the garage—whatever that may mean for your family. Consider your routines and if you’ve historically had issues with your previous opener during this process.
As always, if you're really stuck, your garage door company can help pick the perfect spot.
Door Power: Residential and Commercial Garage Door Installation Pros
Work with garage door installation experts that care about your comfort: Door Power. Reach our Norwood office today at 952-467-3199.