If you know a thing about making general repairs around your home, then you may not have that much trouble when it comes to garage door repair. It's best that you call a professional in to look at the garage door if you're not that handy.
The problem with asking outside help is the process of sifting through a lot of prospective candidates and knowing which one is suitable for the job. Some companies can handle many different types of repairs such as plumbing and door problems by using contractual workers. In spite of this, some of these repairmen may not be as qualified as their company makes them out to be.
Things to Look For
One of the first things you should do is talk to the person before hiring them. Talking to someone in person will allow you to observe them while they speak. You should keep this in mind when looking for a repair man for your garage door. Asking about his qualifications and how the repairman has gotten to his current profession works most of the time.
You shouldn't have much trouble asking a lot of questions since many professionals in this line of work are very talkative. If the repairman is already present at the home, the way he goes about the job can tip the home owner about how skilled he is. A professional who works efficiently will check out basic power sources as well as other things that help the garage door function on a basic level. Safety procedures are usually followed such as unplugging the mechanism from the power source before even disassembling it.
The best professionals will also have most of the supplies they need to handle common repairs already with them. Before even looking at the door, a good professional will have some idea what the problem is. Bringing along possible solutions to the problem shows that he has had experience repairing and maintaining doors. In spite of this, some problems may require extensive work and he may not be prepared for this.
Before you allow the guy to do any work on your garage door after finding out the problem, you need to get an estimate on the total costs involved for the repair. You should only take this estimate as an approximation though since all jobs won't stick to it. Before the work has begun, the homeowner should already have a ballpark figure of how much it will cost.