When you’re in the market for a new fence for your home or business, you want to know that you’re dealing with a solid company who will deliver what they promise. You also want to know you’re getting a good deal for your company. The problem is, it can be difficult to know what to look for when you’re shopping around for a trusted fence company. To help, we’d like to offer you a few tips that will help you make a good decision.
Look for a fence installer who takes time to listen to you
Your needs and your vision for your property is the most important thing, and any company you choose to work with should be eager to hear your ideas. However, they should also be ready to offer ideas of their own that will enhance what you want to achieve with your fence. Most importantly, you should get what you want, and you should be dazzled with the results.
Look for an installer with plenty of examples to show you
Too many fence companies have nothing to offer potential customers when they ask to see their previous customers’ finished projects. A company that has been in business for a while should have plenty of pictures to show you, and testimonials for you to read before you make a decision.
Look for a company that offers free estimates
If you were to gather estimates from a lot of different companies, and then you have to pay for those estimates, that amount of money can add up really quickly. A solid company should have no problem offering you a free estimate. That way you can make an informed decision without having to pay one penny until you hire them.
If you’ve been looking for a fence company, we’re confident that you’ll love working with us. We’re a family-owned business who has been working with homeowners and business owners for almost thirty years. We’d love to work with you too.
Ask these questions of a potential fence installer
Do they have a web presence?
Most reputable fence companies have some sort of web presence. If they don’t, you should probably continue looking.
How are their online reviews?
Do they have an Angie’s List rating? Make sure you check all their online reviews including their Facebook page and their Twitter feed as well. If you find any negative reviews, keep reading to see how the contractor responded or you can call the fencing company and ask what happened and inquire as to how they resolved the situation. If you’re happy with their answer, you can then proceed with your research.
Do they have a local address and phone number?
It’s extremely important that you hire a company who is local and has a good reputation within the community. The last thing you want is to hire a company from another State that may not be around if you have any issues.
You’ll to make sure they have the proper workman’s compensation and general liability insurance to protect you from any mishaps.
Are they a member of the American Fencing Association?
Any Virginia fence company you decide to hire should be licensed. You’ll need to verify their license to make sure it’s valid.
Do they offer a written warranty or some type of guarantee?
If they don’t, you should probably continue looking.
They should give you a written estimate with detailed information about every aspect of the job including the type of wood, estimated completion date, type of screws and nails, height, clean up and anything else that the job entails.
If they offer you any “under the table” deals or tell you its a “limited time offer,” you should probably continue looking.
Be wary of low-ball offers, some fence companies will give you an estimate that’s lower than the others you’ve received. This is a huge red flag. Some fence installers will give you a low-ball offer just to get the job then after the project has started, all of a sudden an unanticipated problem arises and they end up charging you more than the original bid. Or it may be that they’re using low quality materials and you may not be getting what you’re paying for.
Finding the right fence installer for your project doesn’t have to be hard. But you do have to spend a little time doing your homework in order to make an educated decision about who to hire.