Home Inspections from A to Z: Garage Doors & Openers

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Garage Doors & Openers: Qwik Repairs to Keep in Mind, Before Your Home Inspection

In this episode of Home Inspections from A to Z we take a look at common flags surrounding your Garage Doors and Openers. 

Preventative maintenance like lubricating doors, tightening bolts and adjusting spring tension will help prolong the life of your garage door.

Preventative maintenance like lubricating doors, tightening bolts and adjusting spring tension will help prolong the life of your garage door.


Garage doors are often overlooked when it comes to routine maintenance and repairs. However, they are still an essential part of our home and will be looked at during the home inspection process. The majority of older homes also have older garage doors, openers and sensors, initially installed when the house was built. Home Inspectors can easily detect this and often look for issues in this area relating to your garage openers. Including safety items like the photo eye sensors and weather seals. The good news is that most of these flags are qwik-fixes and inexpensive to repair!


Photo eye sensors should be placed 6 inches above ground, in order to properly ensure that the garage door will stop or reverse direction if anything comes into its path while closing.

Photo eye sensors should be placed 6 inches above ground, in order to properly ensure that the garage door will stop or reverse direction if anything comes into its path while closing.


Your garage door is first on the list in this area. A malfunctioning door that doesn't open all the way, won't open at all, or seems to have a mind of its own can be caused by a number of reasons. One to look at specifically is the Photo Eye Sensor. Photo eye sensors control the movement of your garage door. Loose or spliced wires connected to your sensor can cause a lagging connection. The tell tale signs is when having to hold the button down to open or close the door. Another factor to consider is the positioning of your photo eye sensor. Many sensors are adjustable and should be placed 6 inches above the ground. One that is positioned too high or too low will be called out in a home inspection. 


Garage door seals, also known as weatherstripping, help keep insects and debris out of the garage. While also keeping rain and cold air from seeping through the cracks around the garage door.

Garage door seals, also known as weatherstripping, help keep insects and debris out of the garage. While also keeping rain and cold air from seeping through the cracks around the garage door.

Another common flag is weather stripping. Your weather seal helps to keep moisture, rodents, and other debris outside of the garage. Seals that have been chewed through or deteriorated over time will be flagged! However, this issue alone is a quick and inexpensive repair requiring the replacement of a new sealant.



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