How to Choose the Right Fence Contractor For Your Project
Whether you have pets, children or simply want privacy, fences can provide that safety net that guards your home & family. When looking for a fence contractor/company there are a few things to keep in mind. Your property is a huge investment and it is only natural that you want to protect and beautify it. Having a fence installed is an essential step in security and a large investment for an owner. Choosing the right fence contractor for the job is vital to prevent complications from developing at any point during, or following, the installation.
In Person Estimates: A good fencing design and installation Company will first visit your property and then provide you with a free, written proposal. Avoid working with a company that gives estimates by phone without seeing your property first. The estimator/consultant is your first view of the company you are considering. The estimator/consultant should be knowledgeable, prompt and courteous.
Material to be used: Make sure the work proposal covers all the details, including the type of fence, gates, materials, and footage requirements.
See past projects: You may want to view a project first hand. Some companies will provide addresses of past projects. This provides additional insight into the company’s work quality and is particularly helpful if you are having difficulty visualizing how a particular fence type will look once it is installed. Ask the company if it has photos and addresses of work that you can view to determine the initial quality of their work.
Years in Business: Use a company that has been in business for at least two years. Even if the company is young, find out who the principals are and how long they have been in the fencing business. You will most likely receive a better product from a company that is staffed by highly trained, seasoned fence installation professionals as opposed to a home improvement generalist.
Warranties/Insurance: Ask the company about their warranties. A good fence installation company will honor manufacturers’ warranties for materials defects. The best companies will do that and provide a warranty supporting their own workmanship. Contractors should carry personal liability insurance and worker’s compensation insurance. Avoid doing business with contractors who don’t carry the appropriate insurance. Otherwise, you may be held liable for any injuries and damages that can occur during a project.