You’ve probably heard the saying, “good fences make good neighbors.” However, fences serve many purposes, including breaking the wind, preventing stray and wild animals from entering your property, protecting your soil and plants and adding privacy. If you are ready to install a fence on your property, you have probably spent time choosing your materials and fence design, but proper installation will determine the lifespan of your fence. Therefore, these are tips for choosing a fence contractor.
Search for Referrals
If you have had friends, neighbors or peers who have had a fence installed, ask them about their contractor and experience. Did it go smoothly? Did the contractor stay on budget? How has their fence held up? This is especially beneficial if these individuals have the same type of fencing you desire.
Research Prospects Credentials
After you create a list of prospective contractors, contact the Better Business Bureau to learn about their ratings and any outstanding complaints. Search for any resolutions. You should also check their online reviews and their standings with the local chamber of commerce. You can also look over their websites for customer comments.
Your next step may be contacting your prospects to get estimates on your fencing project. Check the materials that each contractor wants to use, and go with those who use high-grade materials. You can also ask for photos of past builds that reflect what your fence will look like. Don’t work with contractors who require significant deposits or the majority of the money upfront.
Verify Their Credentials
Your fence contractor needs to be licensed and insured. These professionals should carry both liability and workers’ compensation insurance. Be sure to ask for copies of both their insurance and licensing. Also, check with your local state office to verify their licensing.
Ask your contractor about any warranties they offer on the construction of your fence and get these in writing. This is especially important if you live in a high-wind area.
A new fence can transform your yard, but take the time to find a reputable fence contractor.