Additions to or improvements to your home are always considered as an investment. Your fence is an important asset to your home. It brings safety, it has the potential to add curb appeal and therefore add value to your property. When getting a fence fixed or installed, you need to ask specific questions before you tell the contractor ‘the job is yours’. The following is a guide to what questions to ask and the why behind them.
What kind of fencing can he build?
It would be good if he’s OK with building various types of fences like wood, wrought iron, composite, chain link or colorbond fencing. This is advantageous since he’ll be able to give you advice based on experience on one type of fencing versus another for your home. Most importantly, he should be well versed in the type of fence that you want installed.
How much does the job cost?
Get a quote – you want to know how much the job is going to cost you before committing. You want to know how much they will charge for the job. All other things remaining equal, you can get the same quality work for less if you spend a little more time doing the research.
Does he have a warranty and how long is it?
The average in the fencing industry is 3 months. Some fencing contractors can also offer warranty from the manufacturers of the fencing you want installed.
What is his credibility?
This question should be answered in secret as much as possible. Do background checks if you can. If there are persons in your area with similar type of fencing, you can ask them who did it and get some information on the contractor and their satisfaction on the job done. If there are more complaints than compliments, this is probably not the person for the job. A referral is always better than just looking them up in the yellow pages or the internet since a person can give a testimony or the contractor’s work and way of operating on the previous project.
Does the contractor or company have a website?
If there is a website check it out. You can learn a lot about a person or company just be viewing their website.
Does He Have a License and Insurance?
Fencing contractors should have sufficient liability insurance in order to cover damages related to the job. As a customer, you would feel more at ease working with you so that for instance, if the contractor made a mistake on the job and it is a cost to you or if he damaged something on your property, you can make claims to protect your interests. In addition, a contractor with a license will be taken more seriously than one who doesn’t.