You want to install a fence around your yard – perhaps you’re seeking a bit more privacy and protection against the prying eyes of your neighbors. Maybe you’re looking for a solution to keeping your dog in the yard or to simply create a peaceful, tranquil area to relax and unwind in the summertime sun. Whatever the case, there are plenty of fence options out there. However, the most important consideration might be the fencing contractor you choose to install the fence for you. If you’ve never worked with a fencing contractor before, here are four tips to ensure that you choose the right one.
They’re Priced Right
To be clear, we don’t mean that they’re cheap. Going with a bottom-dollar option is almost never the best choice. We also don’t mean that they’re the most expensive installer in your area. Ideally, you’ll go with a mid-range price – you want a professional who prices their services reasonably and delivers high quality. Buy the fence yourself and get a Labor Only quote from the installer. Our customers save Thousands of Dollars every time. And on top of that, you own the material. If they take off you are only out whatever labor you have paid.
Guarantees on Work
While the fencing manufacturer you choose will provide a warranty on the fencing material and hardware, the fencing contractor you choose should give you some sort of guarantee on the workmanship. For instance, posts improperly installed in the ground could cause sections of your fence to be unstable, or even to topple. This should be covered by your contractor’s workmanship guarantee.
Offers a Free, In-Person Estimate
Make sure that the contractor you choose does more than just give you a ballpark figure. They should actually come out to your property to make an in-person estimate on the job. This will require that they measure the linear feet of the installation, check the grade/slope for all areas, inspect areas where the fence will abut your home or a structure, and more.
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Proof of Past Work
Finally, make sure that any fencing contractor you choose is able to show you proof of past work. This should be more than just pictures on their website – those images could come from literally anywhere. Ask for references, and then contact those references to learn about their experience with the contractor. Would they hire the contractor again? Was the work performed well, on time and on budget?
You need a fencing contractor to help you get your fence in place, but you need to ensure that you’re making a smart choice. The tips above will help make sure that you’re doing just that.
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