If you are like most people, your home and property is a significant investment and it’s only natural that you would want to beautify and protect it. The installation of a fence is an important security element and it’s a large investment for any property owner. Selecting the right fence contractor to handle the job is essential to prevent any complications that may develop during or after the installation.
There are several tips you can use to ensure your fence installation process is successful. Keep reading to learn what those tips are.
Research the Options
Before you interview a fence contractor, you need to learn as much as you can about the company or individual you want to deal with. Much of this can be discovered with your first encounter. Some things to think about include:
- When contacting the office, there should never be a generic answer to your call. A professional company is going to have a professional answering their phones, and they should include the company’s name.
- All advertising needs to include a verifiable address. There are some fly-by-night companies that won’t have a real address they can be traced to.
- Don’t hesitate to look at the listings with the Better Business Bureau. This is offered as a free service and is designed to help consumers.
- While it may be a “knee jerk reaction” it’s not a good idea to simply go with the first company that you find. Remember, the first company listed isn’t an indication of ability.
Red Flags to Look for During an Interview
As you begin to work through the process to find your contractor, there are some other items you need to keep in mind. These include:
- If a contractor requires you to make an immediate decision, use caution.
- Anytime that a professional pressures you to pay for their services with cash isn’t a good sign. There are several legitimate businesses that will provide a cash discount to customers, but this should not be confused with a contractor that requires a cash only payment.
- A quality contractor is going to provide you with a written estimate for the services you have requested if they won’t give you one, you don’t want to do business with them.
Ask the Right Questions
Some other details you need to bring up when you talk to a fencing contractor or a potential contractor include the following:
- What materials they recommend and why they are recommending them.
- If a person is planning to repair or replace the fence and what the procedures include.
- What is the track record for a contractor staying within the estimated amount?
- How often the contractor completes jobs on time.
- If there’s a warranty offered for the work, they provide.
- If the materials be recycled if they aren’t used.
It’s important to always speak with several contractors and get a written estimate before moving forward with a decision.
Planning is Key
As you begin to make your plans to install a fence, you need to get them to make an assessment regarding what you will need to spend on labor and materials. After making these decisions it’s a good idea to share information with the fencing contractor and confirm they can work with your guidelines. Make sure you know where you want the fence to go too. This is crucial when planning the installation of a fence.