Over the past six months, it has become more important than ever to buy from local companies. The rise in online shopping and big box stores being allowed to stay open during COVID has put some local businesses behind the eight ball. There seems to be a misconception that local companies are more expensive or do not have the same range of products that a larger chain store has. You might be surprised to know that this could not be farther from the truth. Here are some reasons why you should buy from your local garage door company instead of one of those large big box stores or chains.
Tips for choosing the Right Garage Door Company
When looking for a new garage door, research which companies serve your area. You should look for a local company with a service range that is not too broad (less than 50 miles is optimal), so you are able to receive prompt attention. Keep in mind that if you experience an issue with your garage door, you need a company that can be at your house quickly to fix the problem.
Since local garage door companies are in the area, we’re able to drive out to your home or business, meet with you, and see firsthand what the job will entail. You should never buy a door that has not been professionally measured, as the difference in a few millimeters could mean the garage door might not fit properly. And let’s not even talk about the horrendous garage door return policies that big box stores have!
As a local garage door company, we have a great understanding of local properties. This is very important, as there are so many details to get you the perfect garage door. Does your Homeowners Association have rules about what color garage you are able to have? Do you like a more modern look or is a Carriage House style door best for you? Do you want it to be insulated for the extreme Midwest weather? Because we live right here in the area, we understand these factors that weigh into your final decision. The great news is that we are familiar with similar homes in the area, so we have plenty of on-the-job knowledge to help make your decision easier.
You should ALWAYS check the garage door company’s rating on the Better Business Bureau website to ensure you are working with a business that maintains an A+ rating. According to the BBB website, they work for a trustworthy marketplace by maintaining standards for truthful advertising, investigating and exposing fraud against consumers and businesses, and providing information to consumers before they purchase products and services.
Make sure that when you are researching garage door companies that they are quickly able to provide you with proof of insurance, which should give instant peace of mind to the client. Insurance is required. Don’t let any garage door company tell you otherwise.
When looking for a garage door company, make sure to read Google reviews and customer testimonials. Here’s an important tip: Don’t get turned off by a bad review… Pay attention to how the company responds to those reviews and whether the company tries to fix issues with its customers or not. This will speak volumes about the company!
Benefits of Purchasing from a Local Garage Door Company
Buy local to support yourself – Studies show that when you buy from a locally owned business, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from OTHER local businesses, service providers and farms, which continues to strengthen the economic base of our community.
Support community groups – Non-profit organizations receive an average 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses. You know your local schools and community sports teams? Yep, those are most likely your local small businesses that are sponsoring or donating.
Local businesses create more jobs- Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally. In fact, local small businesses provide the most jobs to residents in our community.
Get better service – Local businesses often hire local people who have a personal understanding of the products they are selling and take more time to get to know their customers.
Invest in your community – Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s future. We want to make the community a great place to live because we also live here.
Encourage future investment – Studies have shown that entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character.
See real results in-person – Visit some of our local job sites. For example, if Mrs. Jones in Joliet says that she absolutely loves her new garage door and they give a five-star review to our company, you can easily check out the final product on a short drive.
When buying a new garage door, always weigh the pros and cons of each company. Hopefully this list gave you a good idea of the great things that come from buying from a small, local business. Middleton Overhead Door of Joliet is a local, family-owned company that is here to make sure you have an amazing garage door experience from start to finish. We have taken great pride in serving our community since 1978 and are looking forward to many more years in this community. We are known around the area for our superb customer service and the quality of our products. Give us a call to learn more about how we can help you get the garage door of your dreams. And always remember to #shoplocal.