Many homeowners often consider fence installation and repairs as a do-it-yourself project. Still, the difference between installing a fence yourself and hiring a professional fence company is that the process is a lot to undertake, and you may not get it right with a do-it-yourself approach. Working with an expert company for fence installation or repairs also means you won’t have to compromise on quality, efficiency, and boundary disputes. Then again, choosing a fence company is not as easy as it seems.
A quick internet search will present hundreds of fencing companies around your locality, but not all can offer the quality, efficiency, and qualifications you seek while ensuring your fence job adheres to local regulations. In this guide, we discuss everything you need to know about hiring a fence company to ensure that your fencing project not only meets but exceeds your expectations.
Assessing Your Needs and Goals
The foundation for any successful project is first getting a good grasp or understanding of the project goals and objectives. The same also applies to a commercial or residential fencing project. Before hiring a fence contractor, you need to first define the purpose of the fence and determine whether you need to install special features to ensure that the result aligns perfectly with your vision.
- Do I need a fence that shields my home from prying eyes or as a security feature from trespassers?
- Is the fence for your commercial property or to keep your pets and children safe?
- Will the fence be for security or to heighten the visual appeal of my home?
- What kind of material do you prefer? Wood, iron, aluminum, chain link, barbed wire or composite materials?
- Should the fence be tall or average?
- What kind of fence do I like that will complement my property’s architecture?
- Should I invest in security cameras, barbed wires, or security locks?
Taking a step back to evaluate your needs because assessing your needs and goals makes it easier for whichever fence company you choose to understand your vision and deliver results that meet your expectations.
Researching and Gathering Information
Choosing a fence company goes beyond choosing one of the many fencing services a quick search on the internet or directory may provide. Why? Every company won’t offer the same level of efficiency, quality, and professionalism you expect. Before you hire fencing services, do thorough research to ensure the company is reliable and worth the investment.
Search the internet, from Google to Yelp, for online reviews to gain insights into the quality of work, professionalism, and customer satisfaction levels of different companies. To gain a well-rounded perspective, look for patterns in the reviews and pay attention to both positive and negative feedback. Alternatively, ask for recommendations from friends, family, neighbors, or colleagues who have recently had fences installed. This step gives you firsthand accounts of the company’s reliability and craftsmanship. Also, ask for professional industry certificates and accreditation from the company, as it is a good indicator of their expertise.
Conducting thorough research will help you identify and avoid unreliable or inexperienced contractors who may deliver subpar results while giving you confidence that you are entrusting your project to capable hands. It also means you can compare different companies, their services, and pricing and make an informed decision that aligns with your budget and specific requirements.
Tips to Get the Best
Defining your goals and conducting thorough research are the perfect starting steps to navigate the challenging task of hiring professional fence companies but not the only steps. Some others you should keep in mind include:
- Requesting Estimates and Evaluating Quotes
Each company has its unique pricing structure. While some are costly, without hidden charges, some are too cheap that they will seem too good to be true. Scammers posing as fencing contractors often offer cheap estimates to lure clients and deceive them. Still, that doesn’t mean you won’t find inexpensive fencing companies. The trick is to request estimates from as many as possible and evaluate their quotes. A process like this will not only help you find fence services within your budget but also companies that make provisions for your specific requirements.
- Meeting with Fence Company Representatives
Another tip to consider is to arrange a meeting with representatives from the fence companies you are considering. It allows you to gauge their professionalism, knowledge, and expertise. This way, you will easily detect red flags – if there are any. During the meeting, discuss your specific requirements and ask relevant questions about their experience, portfolio, and the materials they recommend. A reputable fence company will provide valuable insights and guidance tailored to your needs without stuttering or being indecisive and ignorant of the process.
- Understanding the Contract and Terms of Service
Don’t just sign the contract provided by the fence company without carefully reviewing it as it is legally binding. Before signing the contract, ensure it includes essential details like the scope of work, project timeline, type and amount of materials to be used, and payment schedule. Pay attention to any clauses regarding potential additional charges or unforeseen circumstances and discuss any concerns with the company if you have any. Having a clear understanding of the terms and conditions will help you avoid future misunderstandings during the project.
- Communication and Collaboration During the Project
Effective communication makes a project time-efficient while ensuring the company meets your needs, from the fence design to the placement and any customization options. So, communicate with the company regularly to get updates on the project and address any concerns that may arise fast.
- Post-Installation Follow-Up and Maintenance
Don’t just assume that after installation the fence company will pack up and leave. Many fencing companies offer post-installation follow-up and maintenance, from painting to sealing and regular inspection, so your fence lasts long. Inquire about their post-installation and maintenance follow-up.
Hiring a fencing company is a significant move that requires careful consideration and preparation. Before you select any company, make sure to assess your needs and goals, research, and gather relevant information on the company. Also, get multiple estimates, schedule a meeting with representatives from the company, review the contract and terms of service, communicate your ideas with the company, and request post-installation follow-up and maintenance to ensure the project meets your expectations.