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Padlocking garage doors on an REO??

For some unknown reason the local SG contractor is padlocking garage doors on REO's. This has NEVER been done here on the REO side. Who's going to get in a garage when the opener is holding it down???? The only time i ever padlock one is if the opener is missing. Anyways, Here's what happens when a home inspector plugs in an opener and hits the button not knowing the door was padlocked.......
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An opener shouldn't be holding it down. If the powers on, that enables the homeowner to come back and easily gain access. Pull cord and padlock garage keeps them out.
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The safeguard subs do it because they will get paid, whether they should have done it or not and I have seen some bizarre securing jobs.
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Pulling the cord like we always do you keep someone out as well. Also flipping 1 of the dipswitches on the back of the opener helps. I had never seen a garage door with an electric opener have a pad lock on it before safeguard took over. I have emailed all the home inspectors in the valley to watch for this now.
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What's the most bizarre item used for "securing " garage door ya'll have seen?

I've seen hand held grass shears, a paint mixer for a drill.

Those are the two that come to mind right now.

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I doubt that was caused by a padlock . The opener has a fail safe switch that prevents that sort of damage, if it is using too much pressure to lift or shut. Or is suppoosed to. That opener had an extereme failure
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What's the most bizarre item used for "securing " garage door ya'll have seen?

I've seen hand held grass shears, a paint mixer for a drill.

Those are the two that come to mind right now.
Harbor Freight vice grips, extra large zip ties like the police use around the shaft and through a hole.
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Zip ties is a new one for me.

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Pulling the cord like we always do you keep someone out as well. Also flipping 1 of the dipswitches on the back of the opener helps. I had never seen a garage door with an electric opener have a pad lock on it before safeguard took over. I have emailed all the home inspectors in the valley to watch for this now.
Unless I am missing something, just pulling the cord is even worse, then anyone can come open the garage door.


Could just unplug the opener and leave it attached to the door, as well. But as gtx said it is also a matter of getting paid for it. We pull cord and padlock overhead and get an extra $40(before disc) for it. And besides, a lot of companies tell us to do it.
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We padlock every one of them. It's a few more bucks. If it breaks even better a few more bucks to fix it. Also pretty awesome carnage!
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