Face it, picking a fencing contractor isn’t the same as Googling a local fast-food restaurant that serves the best burgers. Listings can look quite differently when dealing with contractors, as you might be dealing with individuals working out of home offices and a broad spectrum of professionals that handle their businesses differently from one another. There are certain steps you need to take and things to think about as you look at fencing contractors to handle the job you have in mind.
Fencing contractors should have verifiable addresses, and they should be answering their phones like they’re a business. If at doubt any time about certain contractors, the BBB is always a great resource for confirmation and to check consumer complaints. Don’t ever assume that because a company seems highly advertised that it is indeed your best choice.
Do not ever do business with a fencing contractor that won’t provide you with a written estimate for services. You also shouldn’t be rushed into accepting a bid or be asked to pay cash. You should be able to take your time picking a contractor, and there should be different payment methods available.
The contractor you choose should also be able to make plenty of recommendations based on the questions you have. What references do they make available? Are they willing to show proof of their credentials? You want to be dealing with a professional operation, not a handyman without a contractor’s license.
Are you putting up a new fence, or are you planning to replace a fence that already exists? You need to ask specific questions as to what the contractor plans to do. And when it comes to the written quote, you need to make sure that everything you expect to be done is included. If you’re not sure about something, it never hurts to ask.
What warranty are you going to have with your new fence? When is the expected time for your fence to be completed? What materials is the contractor planning to use, and how do they compare to other material choices out there? Remember that warning about being asked to pay cash up front? There are going to be times when there is a cash discount provided if you choose to pay cash. You just never need to feel forced to handle the business matter by forking over a large sum of cash. Make sure whatever contractor you choose handles all business matters professionally.
Naturally, during all of this you’re going to be thinking about your budget. That is why you need a contractor that is going to be up front with you and give you that written quote for services rendered.
There is likely to be more than one person performing the work, but you want to know who the contractor is for sure and who is held accountable for a job well done. Does the contractor provide you with a guarantee? You also want to know when you’re expected to pay, and you want to hold up your end of the bargain, too.