A lot goes into installing a new fence, and your fencing contractor is there to guide you through every step of the process.
At least…they should be there to guide you through every step of the process.
Before you press the “launch” button on hiring a contractor to install your new fence, ask these questions to get a clear idea of the scope of the project (and to weed out any potential scams):
How long have you been in business?
While a company’s length of time in business isn’t necessarily indicative of the quality of work and service they’ll deliver, there’s a reason some contractors have been well-established for years–even decades–and some just don’t cut it. A history of high-quality work and a solid reputation speak for themselves! Ask your contractor how long they’ve been at it, and check out reviews from other customers to see if they’re satisfied.
Are you licensed to operate in my state?
Hire an unlicensed contractor at your own risk; licensed professionals are experts and understand how to safely, securely, and legally install your fence. Sometimes construction ordinances vary from place to place, and licensed operators will know the ins and outs of building a fence in your state. You can also ask for the license number to verify its legitimacy. The more authority a contractor has to back up their business, the better.
What are the payment details? Do you require payment up front?
It’s best to get cost and payment information out in the open before any construction starts. After all, you don’t want to get halfway through a fence installation and realize that you can’t afford it. In fact, this is why many fencing companies require full payment or a deposit up front.
A reputable contractor will keep things transparent when it comes to cost. If a contractor is vague about pricing, that’s a red flag. Opt instead for a business that can give you a solid cost estimate from the get-go.
What happens if there are buried lines by my property?
It’s usually the contractor’s job to reach out to your utility company to make sure they’re not hitting any buried lines during construction, but sometimes, you may be required to check with the city first. Ask your contractor how they handle pre-dig prep.
How will the installation process work?
Your contractor is there to explain the entire fence installation process from fabrication to finished product. Before they even break ground, you should know what to expect–and you should also feel comfortable asking additional questions along the way. If a prospective contractor is elusive or vague about how things will work, choose a different, more experienced crew.
How long will installation take?
Make sure you get a timeline estimate from your contractor before installation starts. Sometimes, it may take longer than initially forecasted due to construction snags, weather delays, or other issues, but you should have an idea of how long the project will take right from the start.
How can I contact you if I have questions?
Keeping communication open with your contractor is critical to a successful installation. Make sure the contractor you choose provides you with contact information so you can reach them with any questions or concerns throughout the entire installation process.
Do I need a permit to install my fence?
Installation ordinances vary from state to state. Licensed contractors know the ins and outs of construction and will let you know if you need a permit to build your fence.
Are you insured?
This is critically important if any member of the crew is injured on your property. Make sure your contractor is insured in the event of worker injury; otherwise, you could be in a world of financial trouble.
What will maintenance look like?
Once your fence is installed, you need to know how to take care of it! A good contractor will tell you all about upkeep–and sometimes, they even offer maintenance services so you won’t ever have to lift a finger.
Do you offer warranties?
Bad weather ruined your fence? Don’t sweat it–many companies offer warranties to fix up damaged fences. Check with your contractor to see if you can purchase a warranty for extra peace of mind and repairs, if needed.
Will your crew take care of clean up?
Professional contractors and their crew should always clean up at the end of the day and when a project is finished. Ask how clean up will work. If you’re dealing with a reputable company, they’ll take care of everything.
With almost thirty years of expertise, Northwest Fence and Iron is Central Texas’ premiere fencing company. Reach out here for a custom quote!