If you’re looking for a fencing contractor to order fencing materials from and install fencing, here are some mistakes to avoid that will save you money and headaches in the long run.
Choosing materials and installation based solely on price. While you may be tempted to save every dollar you can, remember that saving a dollar now may cost you in the long run. Cheap materials will cost you more in maintenance and replacement. Cheap installation will also cost you to the point you may have to pay another contractor to come in and fix the mistakes.
Relying on photos to choose your fencing. A good fencing contractor should have either a showroom or samples to show the fencing products they carry so you can see and feel the quality of the materials.
Hiring a contractor without checking references. Anyone can put up a website and make all sorts of claims that may or may not be true. Before hiring a contractor, ask for references. Reputable contractors will have no problems providing those to you. Then, call the references and ask whether they were happy with the contractor’s work, whether he stayed within the budget and whether they would hire the contractor again.
Not asking whether they have experience working in your city or HOA. If you are installing fencing, there may be city codes or ordinances that need to be followed as well as permits pulled. Similarly, many HOA’s have restrictions on fencing. Asking whether the contractor has experience with these entities will make your life easier and may save you from violation codes or HOA rules and getting fined.
Not asking about guarantees and insurance. Be sure you ask for and receive in writing any manufacturer guarantees on the fencing materials. Also, ask for proof of insurance coverage so that any damage to your property that occurs during installation is covered.
Reputable contractors like My USA Fence Company will happily provide you proof that they are reputable because their reputation is a point of pride.