Garage Doors - Installing the Opener Yourself Could Void Your Warranty

Reblogger Will Hamm
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Hamm Homes

Here is a great reblog that we should all pass on to our clients when they are buying a new home.  There is a reason why most new home builders do not install garage door openers. 

Original content by Donna Harris 0480809

Garage Doors can be tricky. When building a brand new home, many new home construction builders do not include a garage door opener in their standard features. Some people feel they can get one less expensively if they buy one themselves and then install it.  Yes, it will cost you less initially, but what if your door ends up like this one? This is one of my neighbors...

garage door falling down

What many builders don't tell you is that if you install the garage door opener yourself, and not have a professional install it, you could void your warranty, not just on the garage door, but the framing, and the structural warranty around that garage area.  When the door comes crashing down, you could put unnecessary force on the actual structure, and the builder doesn't want to pay to repair something that you messed up on. They only like to pay for their own mistakes.

Unless you know someone who will install the garage door opener cheaper than the builder AND provide you with a warranty, it actually costs less in the long run to pay a few extra bucks from the builder so your warranty is valid for the "just in case" something happens.

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Vickie Nagy
Palm Springs, CA

We have some great garage door companies here in the East Bay that are actually pretty affordable.

Aug 01, 2011 01:42 PM #1
David Mordue - NMLS 120640 Wells Fargo - Kennewick (509) 736-2618
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage - Kennewick, WA

One of my clients voided their warranty by hooking up the ice-maker water feed to their refridgerator by themselves.  Somehow the valve or line broke and flooded their home ... voided their still paid but they have to live with the fact that their warranty was voided after only 14 months of home ownership.


Great post!

Aug 01, 2011 01:46 PM #2
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Will - Thank you for the detailed quality information on installing own garage door opener could void the warranty.

Aug 01, 2011 05:05 PM #3
Donna Harris
Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - - Austin, TX
Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator

Thank you, Will,  for taking the time to reblog my post.

Aug 03, 2011 06:47 AM #4
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