10 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying A Fence

10 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying A Fence

Most home owners are looking to get their money’s worth when purchasing the next add on to their property. Fencing is often a top priority for those looking for security, and it is always important to do one’s homework before jumping into a purchase. Between selecting the right contractor, to reading the fine print on a contract, there is a high potential for mistakes to be made with picking the right fence.

The Contractor
You can never be too cautious when selecting the right contractor. Here are a few things to check in to:
1) Make sure fencing contractors are insured/licensed/carry workman’s compensation for their employees
2) Make sure contractors come highly referred (check review sites such as google, kudzu, etc.)
3) Make sure the company you hire returns calls promptly. A reputable company doesn’t disappear once the fence is installed
4) Ask lots of questions, observe, and take note of the level of expertise. The staff of selected fence company should be well versed and able to answer questions and warranty issues
5) Do your due diligence and make sure you’re hiring a fence contractor that can complete the entire job you require. The company you select should also be mindful of your property, leave a small footprint, and protect a customer’s investment
6) Restrictions. Regulations. Requirements. It should be the contractors’ jobs to comply with ordinances, but not all do. Add that to your list of questions for a formal meeting
The Contract
Contractual agreements can get pretty hairy sometimes, especially with pricier purchases and guarantees. Be mindful of these suggestions when you decide to read into the fine print:
7) Be weary of the lifetime warranty. Companies typically advertise that warranty only to go under a couple years later, leaving you stuck with an unfulfillable promise.
8) Most warranties are for 5 years and only cover installation based defects. A reputable company will also help you with material based warranties depending on what type of fence you build.
9) Make sure you’re clear what Full Service entails. A reputable company should handle all aspects of your job including, free estimates, material ordering, delivery, scheduling utility marking, installation and clean up.  The only thing a customer may need is a site survey to locate the property boundaries
The Golden Rule
10) Never make your decision from a photo in a catalog. Be sure to get all of the concerns listed above checked off your list. Once those are answered, ask to see the material, hold it in your hands, consider how it will age and weather. Avoid rushing into purchases at all costs. Even if you think you know what you want, ask all your questions and experiment with different designs, medias, and concepts.