Homeowners are under a lot of stress today, perhaps more than at any time in recent memory. The housing market collapsed around the world in 2007 and is just starting to recover, prices are down, mortgages are under water, and foreclosures have run rampant because of the state of the economy. One way that consumers are “de-stressing” is to organize and get rid of clutter in their lives, and a key way of doing that is to make their garages more useful through clever garage systems and storage solutions.
Selecting a garage systems company for your project is never easy, but here are some tips to follow to make the process a little smoother.
- Decide what you need in a garage, and what features are most important. Keep in mind that garage systems is really a whole-garage approach to making your garage attractive, organized, and truly useful at a price you can afford. At Garage Floor and Storage, we specialize not only in garage doors and accessories, but garage floor coverings, custom designed and installed garage storage systems, and different kinds of gas heaters to accommodate any need.
- When looking for a garage systems contractor, it’s important to get referrals. If your neighbour has a well organized garage that you’ve admired for years, then ask which company she worked with. Did the company work within your budget? Were the installers friendly? Did you get a written warranty?
- Equally important is to make sure you ask a prospective contractor the “tough” questions such as: How many garage doors have you installed? What brand name garage door openers or remotes do you recommend, and why? Do you recommend overhead storage, or floor to ceiling wall systems?
- Establish a budget before talking with someone. Many companies are in a hurry to turn a profit, and will suggest the most expensive garage systems they offer without ever listening to what your needs are. Know what you want, and be firm about what you can afford.
Finally, we can’t stress enough the importance of getting a written estimate from at least two to three companies before making your decision. There’s an old adage that you get what you pay for. But remember, while low bidders may be acceptable for government work, they may not be the best choice when looking for a quality garage systems company. The estimate should include the same details for every garage systems company you speak with: the details of the work to be done, including any drawings or designs of storage solutions they recommend; a materials list; an estimate of how long the installation will take; and a final price.
Garage Floor and Storage is the area’s leading provider of garage doors, flooring and storage solutions, heaters, and other accessories to keep your garage space organized and functional. We are conveniently located in Toronto, Ontario and serve hundreds of customers in Richmond Hill, Markham, and many other communities in the greater Toronto area.
Contact us today for a free consultation or visit us online to submit a request for an estimate.