Hiring a fence contractor can be a little intimidating if you’re a first-timer. Most people only build fences once or twice in a lifetime and if you get it right the first time, you’re less likely to have to do it again.
This is why we’ve compiled the list of tips you should consider before hiring a fence contractor. Of course, we hope that you pick Fencepro for your project because we offer all of these features with our work. However, even if you don’t go with us, we hope that you see that your fence contractor holds up to these standards.
5 Tips on choosing the best fencing contractor:
–> Look beyond fencing companies: The company does not need to deal only with fences to be able to install your fence. In fact, it does not even need to be a company; this can be an individual. General landscapers, construction companies, general contractors, licensed handymen: any might be able to install your fence. For your protection, stick with licensed companies and individuals as they are accountable and typically are bonded and insured.
–> Search your neighbourhood for references: Professional fence companies often nail a badge onto completed fences that advertise their work. Walk or drive around your local neighbourhood, and if you see a badged fence that you like, take note of the builder. If there is no badge and the fence is relatively new, you might be able to ask the owner if they remember who built the fence. Going for a fence company whose work you’ve seen firsthand is always better than a newbie or someone you know very little of.
–> Get multiple estimates: The classic advice for hiring professionals for any home remodelling is to obtain three or more estimates. Multiple estimates almost always produce a broader spread of cost bids, making it much easier to choose the right combination of cost and quality for your project.
–> Verify that your fence contractor is licensed, bonded and insured: A fence contractor who is licensed, bonded & insured provides extra financial security for your fence project. A bond protects the owner against situations where if the contractor fails to complete a job within the stipulated time, doesn’t pay for permits, or fails to meet other financial obligations. The insurance covers situations where injury (worker’s comp) or property damage (liability) is involved. Being a licensed professional means that the contractor has been trained and certified to build your project. You can trust him with the job. Make sure to get the policy and license numbers for your contractor and verify them before signing a contract.
–> Test the materials: Not all fence products are created equally. There are different grades of wood & vinyl. Always ask for samples if you have any questions about the materials. You can ask your contractor the address of any previous jobs where the product is already installed so you can view it yourself. If it is sold through a local supplier, ensure if they have displays where you can see and test your fence materials. At the end of the day, be sure that you are getting the best materials available.
We hope you follow these tips will help set the proper expectations for you and your installer. If you have any additional questions or need a fence estimate for your home or business, visit www.fencepro.ca and get answers to all your queries.