If you’ve installed a fence on your own before using basic carpentry skills and YouTube tutorials, you probably want to let a professional fence builder to do it this time. While it’s possible to build a decent the DIY way, professionals can do it faster and smoother.
There are many companies that are willing to build your fence, from general contractors to specialty builders to your local handyman. But you certainly want to make sure things go as planned this time.
1. Get at least 3 estimates.
It is a classic rule in home improvements to get at least 3 estimates. Resist the urge to hire the first fence installation company that you can find. More estimates mean wider bids. This will help you find balance in cost and quality.
Getting multiple bids is also an easy way to filter out shady contractors. Professional contractors may give discounts to attract clients, but it is unlikely to be more than 10% of the average cost of the project. If a fence contractor makes a sudden significant shrink in their bid, take that as a red flag. It is possible that shortcuts will be taken that could put compromise the quality of the result.
2. Help the Estimator
The estimator from the fence company Australia might have to visit other properties after yours. Help him maximise his time by clearing the area of obstructions like furniture and potted plants, securing your pets, raking foliage away, and preparing necessary documents. This will also save your time.
3. Ask Important Questions
Make sure to discuss the important points with the fence company Australia before a bid is made. These include permits (who will process the permits? How much would a permit cost?), adjustment of utilities (are they going to get in touch with the utility companies about the underground cables?) local zoning, height of the fence, hardware to be used, warranty and timeline.
4. Listen to Previous Clients
Ask the fence company if you could take to some of their most recent clients for reference. Talk to these people about the work ethics and the quality the fence built for them by your prospect installer. Were they able to finish the project on time? Were they treated with professionalism? Did the workers respect the area?
Checking out online reviews is a good idea, but hearing it from the actual persons is more convincing. Try to ask the previous clients if you could visit them to examine their fence.