Adding a new fence to your backyard is a great way to improve the safety, security, and curb appeal of your property. However, making the decision that it is time to replace your fencing or add a fence to your property for the first time is only half the battle, as you also need to make sure that you take the time to find the right fencing contractor for the job. An experienced fencing contractor will be able to ensure that your fence is installed properly and provides beauty and security to your property for years to come. Yet, how can you ensure that you hire the right fencing contractor for the job? To help get you started, here are a few tips on things you should and shouldn’t do when choosing a fencing contractor.
Do: Research Local Contractors Thoroughly
Before you begin making calls, you should take some time to thoroughly research fencing contractors in your area. You should begin by looking up reviews for any contractors you are considering working with to see what previous customers had to say about their experience; Yelp, Google, and Angie’s List are good places to find reviews from verified customers. You should also see if the contractor has a Better Business Bureau listing, as this can give you insight into what kind of complaints the company has received as well as how they handled these complaints. How a contractor handles dissatisfied customers can tell you a lot about the quality of their customer service. Rather than choosing a contractor blindly, doing proper research can help give you a better shot of finding a skilled fencing contractor in your area.
Do: Get Multiple Estimates
It is not uncommon for homeowners to go with the first bid they receive when interviewing contractors to work on their home; however, it is important that you resist this impulse and that you meet with at least three fencing contractors for estimates. Not only will meeting with multiple contractors allow you to get a better idea of the pricing options available to you, but it will also allow you to get a better idea of who has the best experience. Even if you think you want to work with the first contractor you meet with, meeting with additional contractors can help you to reaffirm whether the first contractor has the most experience, the highest quality work, and the best customer service skills.
Don’t: Base Your Decision Solely on Price
It is likely that at some point you have heard the phrase “you get what you pay for” and have not paid much attention to it; however, this statement is particularly relevant when choosing a fencing contractor. While your instinct may be the choose the cheapest bid you receive, you should consider whether this is the best contractor to work with. Unless the cheapest bid is coming from the contractor with the most experience, the best reviews, and the highest quality of work, you may want to think about whether price or quality is more important to you when making this decision.
Don’t: Forget to Ask Plenty of Questions
When getting an estimate from a contractor, it is not uncommon for homeowners to get caught up in the contractor’s sales pitch and completely forget to ask questions. However, this initial meeting with a contractor is your opportunity to ask vital questions that will help you to determine whether you want to work with them. Make sure that you ask questions about their experience and qualifications, what kind of guarantee they provide on their work, and whether or not they have any references from recent customers. You may want to consider writing questions down ahead of time so that you do not forget them during your meeting with each contractor.
Following these tips can help to ensure that you find the right fencing contractor in your area to work on your property. Contact us to learn more about the things you should consider when searching for a fencing contractor in your area.