A fence is a big investment, but well worth it. Whether you have children, pets or want more privacy, a fence can make a real difference to the layout of your premises. Here’s how to choose the right fencing contractor at the first time of asking.
A fencing contractor’s reputation is of paramount importance. Always consult trade associations and consumer protection groups in your area, to see whether a potential contractor has received any complaints. Databases and forums related to consumer complaints are available online too. Try to make a habit of asking all potential contractors for some local references.
A reputable fencing contractor will visit your home initially, then give you a written proposal free of charge. Refrain from hiring any contractor who gives a telephone estimate, without first visiting your property. By meeting the contractor in person, you will gain a good insight into the likely quality of his or her work. The contractor ought to be prompt, polite and knowledgeable.
Many contractors will offer addresses of previous projects. This gives you confidence in their ability, and is especially useful if you are finding it hard to picture how a certain kind of fence will look, after it is fitted. Inquire whether the contractor has a portfolio of projects you can look at, to assess their level of expertise initially.
The project proposal you are given should cover every detail. This includes the kind of materials, gates, fence and footage requirements. Proceed with caution, if one contractor offers a considerably lower price than the other professionals you have contacted.
Always insist on seeing the insurance statement and business license of any prospective contractor. Trustworthy contractors will be properly licensed to conduct business in your locale. Also, they will have the insurance to cover any damage or injuries that might arise during the project. Furthermore, some contractors might specialize in certain kinds of fencing materials or fences. It could be sensible to avoid hiring any contractor, who normally installs a different kind of fence to the one you want to install. If possible, you should try to find a contractor who specializes in your specific type of installation.