People erect fences to improve their home's security and the appeal of their landscape. Although there are numerous DIY fencing guides, it is best that you engage a fencing contractor when installing a fence at home. It ensures that the fence is sturdy and long-lasting.
In the extract below, you will learn the various considerations you should make when choosing a fencing contractor.
As a rule of thumb, you should only work with reputable contractors. Seek referrals from friends and family or conduct some internet research to find fencing contractors in your area. Some of your concerns should include:
- Does the contractor meet deadlines?
- What is the contractor's quality of work?
- Does the individual provide guarantees? For instance, will he or she provide free repairs if the fence develops problems?
- The contractor should have a licence to provide fencing services in your state. Further, he or she must have a general liability cover.
Ask the contractor to visit your home to evaluate the scope of your project. The contractor will inspect the area for fencing challenges such as steep slopes and rocks. He or she will examine local council maps to identify your property's boundaries. Zoning regulations, owners' corporations and resident association bylaws may influence what kind of fence you will install. Besides, the contractor will inspect the property for underground utilities such as water and gas lines. He or she will also advise if you need a permit to erect the fence.
There are various advantages of working with a specialised contractor. For instance, if you would want a chain wire fence, the contractor will guide you on how to choose between technologies such as fuse bonding, vinyl and powder coating. Various factors will determine the height of the fence. For instance, a chain-link fence meant to enclose pets does not need to be elevated. On the other hand, a security fence must be high to prevent criminals from climbing the fence. The contractor will also advise the best posts to use, suitable fabrics and where to install gates. Specialised contractors have long-term relationships with fencing companies. As such, they acquire materials at subsidised prices.
Compare quotes from a few contractors. Do not go for the cheapest contractor. Instead, choose the one that you feel will provide quality services at a reasonable cost. Remember to ask for discounts and a contract detailing the terms of your agreement.
Choosing a fencing contractor is now easy with the above tips. Work with a reputable, specialised and reasonably priced contractor. Besides, ask for a home inspection to evaluate the scope of your project.