Tips for Finding a Reputable Fence Contractor

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How to Find a Reputable Fence Contractor

Installing a fence on your property has many benefits. It adds a layer of your security to your property. It provides privacy. It shields your family from prying eyes. It keeps your pets and children safe from intruders. It can also enhance the overall look of your home and yard.

However, how do you go about installing a fence? Would you rather install it yourself or would you rather hire a reputable fence contractor to do it?

If you plan on installing the fence yourself, make sure you do some research on how to install a fence properly. This may take time depending on the type of fence you want to install. While some fences are easy to install, others are not.

Although installing a fence yourself will help you save on installation costs, if you do a bad job, you may end up paying more to get it done properly. Additionally, there are safety measures that you need to observe when installing a fence to prevent injury.
If you don’t know how to install a fence, it’s better to hire a professional. But how do you go about finding a reputable fence contractor one?
To find a reputable fencing contractor, here are a few things to look out for.

Experience with different types of fencing

Before hiring a fence contractor, find out what kind of experience they have with different types of fencing. Some fence contractors only install wooden fences. Others construct a variety of fences including vinyl, wrought iron, metal, wood, and others. Make sure you do your due diligence before you contact any potential fence contractors. Find a professional who specializes in the installation of the type of fence you want to put up.

Request for licensing and insurance information

When you are interviewing potential fence contractors, ask whether they are insured and licensed. In San Jose, California if you are installing a fence that is less than 7 feet in height, you don’t need a permit. If the fence is over 7 feet in height, you do require a building permit. You also require a permit to construct pool and spa enclosures. Make sure that the fence contractor has the right documentation as this can protect you against unexpected unpleasant occurrences.

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Check out the fence contractor’s history and references

One of the best ways to know if a company is reputable is by getting hold of their history information. Some good sources where you can find this type of information includes websites like the Better Business Bureau and Angie’s List.

You can also ask the contractor to provide you with the contact information of some of their past clients. This way, you are able to contact somebody who has already worked with the contractor and they can tell you about their experience. The information you get can help you decide whether to hire the fence contractor or to keep looking.

You can also ask the fence contractor to furnish you with their portfolio showing photos and/or videos of past projects. Fence contractors that are confident about their work and have nothing to hide, will provide you will the information you need without hesitation.

Get referrals

If you have no idea where to find a reputable fence contractor, ask people you know. Contact your relatives, friends, neighbors, and work colleagues and find out if they have ever installed a fence or know anyone who has in the past. They can provide you with information on which fence contractors to avoid and which contractors to consider.

 

Go with your gut

If you have bad vibes about a fence contractor, trust your gut feeling and walk away. Don’t ignore even the smallest of things. If you feel that something is off with the fence contractor or the workers who will be working on your property that is a sign that you should not work with them.

When the deal is too good

It’s okay to want to save up on costs when it comes to installing a fence, but think about how much it would cost if you install the fence yourself only to do a shoddy job. This is why hiring a professional is a good idea. But there is the issue of price when it comes to hiring a professional fence contractor to do the job.

You may find a fence contractor offering relatively low rates for their services and another offering very high rates. If the deal is too good, think twice. Even if a contractor is charging a lot for their services, this does not guarantee that they will do a good job.
To avoid getting duped, compare quotes from different fence contractors.

This should help you weed out fence contractors whose price estimates arouse suspicion.

How long has the fence contractor been in business

Do some research and find out how long a fence contractor has been in business. Check to see if they have a Website and that information about their company such as when it was formed, the name of employees in management and so on. If these key details are not on their website, be cautious. You should also take caution if the contractor does not have an online presence. Many reputable companies today have websites.

Check online reviews

One of the easiest ways to know if a company is reputable is through customer online reviews. However, do not trust all reviews because some companies actually pay people to post fake reviews on their websites.
Try websites like Glassdoor, Trustpilot, and Facebook Ratings and Reviews which offer authentic consumer reviews on businesses, products, and services.

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Looking for a reputable fence contractor can be a tedious task. You need take into account certain factors to find the right fence contractor. But when you have too much going on, it is easy to overlook some key factors.
At The Fence 4 Rent Company, we can help ease this burden. We have helped many California home and business owners set up beautiful and functional fences. If are looking for a reputable fence contractor that does not compromise on quality, please give us a call or drop us an email.