As you consider a new fence in or around your property, you’ve got lots to think about. This includes choosing the fence that will serve your needs and your style, while also determining how much money you want to spend on this project. There is literally a fence for every need and in almost any price range, so you have many options available to you.
Once you narrow your search, the focus will shift to finding a company who will install your fencing for you at a reasonable price with the quality you need. Finding a fence installation service might not be simple, but it’s worth the effort to ensure that your fence stays strong and attractive for many years.
1.Choose Your Style
The style you choose for your fence depends on its purpose. If you need to keep pets or kids in the yard or wildlife out, a utilitarian fence should suffice. If it’s privacy you’re after, then your fencing options shift accordingly. If your fence needs focus on aesthetic appearance only, then this opens up a variety of ornamental options, such as lattice. Get advice and suggestions for a fence style that will fit your needs from a fence contractor.
Some fences require ongoing maintenance and others are maintenance free, depending on the materials you choose for the fencing. If your fence has stain or paint over wood, expect to protect the wood by maintaining the stain or paint every one to two years. If you choose a synthetic fencing material, regular maintenance won’t be an issue. A fence contractor will have the experience and knowledge necessary to guide you through these decisions.
3.Permits and Setbacks
Your local municipality may require special building permits prior to installing a fence. A fence contractor should have experience and knowledge working with your local municipality, which will enable him to satisfy these requirements to ensure that your fence complies with permit regulations. In addition, your fence will need to comply with setback requirements in accordance with your property line. A fence contractor will understand these requirements to guarantee that your fence placement adheres to these guidelines.
4.Create a Project Description
After you get an idea of what type of fence you want and need, including the amount of maintenance you are willing to perform and considering your budget, it’s wise to create a project description that outlines these important details. This project description will provide a fence contractor with vital information to better understand your desires and to provide you with accurate estimate.
The hiring process for a fence contractor is similar to that of hiring other home improvement contractors. It’s important to interview several different contractors, get at least three estimates and check licensing. It may streamline your search for a contractor if you utilize word of mouth and personal recommendations from friends who have had fences installed by a professional. Pay attention to your instincts as you speak with different contractors – the one you ultimately hire should be confident, articulate and experienced.
6.Questions to Ask
Researching a fence contractor prior to hiring will enable you to find one that will meet your needs. Ask questions about experience, availability, pricing and warranties on work and materials. It’s also important to learn about the licenses held by a contractor to ensure that he meets local codes and ordinances. Any fence installation contractor should be forthcoming with answers to your questions to provide you with this information.
7.Exploring Materials Options
Many fence contractors require you to pay half of the overall price up front, prior to service, to enable the contractor to purchase materials. While this is a standard practice, you may be able to save money if you purchase your own materials. Explore this option with a contractor to see if he’s flexible about materials – some will work with you to help you cut costs but others insist on working only with materials purchased personally.
You’ll need proof of insurance of any contractor you hire, including both liability and worker’s comp. The liability insurance will protect you against loss and damage that could occur during the project due to the contractor’s work. Worker’s comp will cover any injuries that could occur to the contractor or any member of his crew. A reputable contractor will also be able to furnish several references from satisfied customers. Don’t just take these names – call them and even visit to see the actual fences installed by the contractor.
9.Contracting for Service
Once you finish researching and examining various contractors and you find the one you want to hire, get a written contract that outlines every detail of the project. The contract should include a complete materials list, as well as specifying where the materials come from and who purchases them. The contract should also include a timeline of the project, the final cost and an outline of the payment schedule.