When you are looking to install a fence, you have to choose the right fence company. If you are unsure about where to start with this search, there are a few steps that you can take. These steps will ensure that you choose the right contractor for your needs.
Get Multiple Estimates
Getting multiple estimates is something that most people feel they do not have time for. Fortunately, fencing in general is a competitive market and you will be able to arrange estimators for a time that is convenient for you. It is recommended that you get at least 3 estimates for the installation to ensure that you have a good idea of price.
Multiple estimates will provide a wide spread of costs. You will also be able to choose the right combination of cost and quality for your installation when you have multiple estimates.
Ask The Right Questions
When you meet the representative to get an estimate, there are a number of questions that you should be asking. The first is whether the company will pull permits. This is the process of applying for and receiving the final approval which is often needed for the fence installation. Personally, I’ve used a fence company that did this ahead of time so I didn’t have to go through this process myself.
You should also find out if the fence company will contact a utility locator. This is important because you do not want to fence installation to cut any utility lines as this will be a large expense that you can avoid. If the fence company does not do this, you should avoid using them.
You also need to find out if gates and other associated hardware are included in the estimate they provide. If this is not included, you will have to find out how much they will cost. This will greatly impact the overall estimate that you get and ensure that you are aware of all the costs involved in using the company.
Here’s also a DIY install video from Home Depot:
You also need to find out what warranty is offered by the company. It is important to find out if the warranty covers the materials only or if labor is included as well. You should also find out if this is over and above the warranty offered by the material manufacturer.
The last question that you should ask is what the timeline for the installation will be. There are many fence companies that have backlogs, particularly during the spring and summer months. This means that you will have to wait for weeks or more before the fence installation will start. At this time, you also need to find out if there are any guarantees on the timeline offered by the company.
When you want to install a fence, you need to choose the right fence company. The right fence company will offer you a warranty on the work, a clear estimate and a set timeline for the installation. They should also be licensed to operate in your area and have the right insurance coverage.