Garage Door Remotes Do Not Last Forever

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Gold DRE #00697006

Sometimes, I can get into trouble on an Agent Visual Inspection if I mention garage door opener. Buyers and their agents have thought that means a remote and they do not understand it is an opener attached to the ceiling of the garage. You have your garage door opener and your garage door remote. But it's even less clear when you're reading programming instructions from Liftmaster, which employ other words.

I tried all afternoon on Sunday to get my remote control to work properly. It stopped functioning. After everything I did, including replacing the battery and attempting to reprogram, I concluded it was the garage door remote itself. It was 27 years old.

Of course, the first place I looked for an answer was inside my SUV. It has features I have not familiarized myself with due to lack of interest. But no HomeLink for me. You can read more about my adventure in my personal blog today at this link: When Your Garage Door Remote Stops Working.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

YOu certainly exhibited way more patience than I ever would have on this project, Elizabeth. Me... I immediately call my handiman.

Dec 18, 2018 10:37 AM #1
Michael Eisenberg
eXp Realty - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham Real Estate Guy

Just had to replace my remote garage door opener,  Company replaced it free.

Dec 18, 2018 12:22 PM #2
Sharon Kolb
Atlanta Decatur Homes - Atlanta, GA
Broker - Atlanta Decatur Homes

Persistence wins the day!

Dec 18, 2018 12:30 PM #3
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Elizabeth- - -I can certainly understand your use of the words  opener/remote.  These are things I should know but don't want to spend time/more time learning.  On the level of importance---getting in/out of the garage/ parking structure should be easy-as-pie (which I prefer buying versus baking). 

Dec 18, 2018 01:34 PM #4
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I see these not working way to often and sellers seem to turn a blind eye

Dec 18, 2018 08:16 PM #5
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Elizabeth, these things can be frustrating.  When I moved in, tried and tried (with my contractor) to change the code on the opener, and finally had to buy a new one.

Dec 19, 2018 06:29 AM #6
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Elizabeth. Nothing lasts forever. I got rid of an older VTeck cordless phone in favor of a new one, and the same with a battery operated manicure set. You just move on.

Dec 19, 2018 09:17 AM #7
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