Ask for Estimates
One of the things you need to keep in mind is that different contractors have different ways of giving estimates. There are usually two ways in which the estimates are given by the fencing contractors. Some of the contractors will drive to the site and offer an estimate only after looking at the project.
On the other hand, some other contractors will just give you an estimate on the basis of information provided by you such as length of fence and the type of work you want to get done. Both of these approaches have their own advantages and disadvantages.
The biggest advantage of an on-site estimate is that you get to meet the contractor. Also, when you meet the contractor, it gives you an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the project. This is also one of the best ways to get to know the person.
Types of Contractors
You should also ask the contractor about how they are going to install the fence. There are many types of fencing contractors. For instance, there are some companies that sub contract their work, some of the companies have in-house employees and there are some companies where the owner installs the fence.
All of these three types have their own advantages and disadvantages. The subcontractors have the advantage of finding the best available installers at a lower cost as they do not need to pay payroll taxes and have an exact idea of the labor cost. However, these companies rely on outside contractors and it may not be easy to schedule them. Also, insurance will be an issue with them.
On the other hand, in-house employees usually work better as they need to do excellent work to ensure repeat work and recommendations. However, you are most likely to find the best contractor in an owner who himself installs the fence.
Precautions to Take
Check the Licensing
It is important to check the licensing of the fencing contractor. Do make it a point to ask the contractor for a copy of the license and verify the license.
Insurance is very important. You need to ensure that you see their insurance papers before awarding the project. Do not just rely on the contractor saying that they have insurance. See it for yourself.
Insist on taking a look at the previous work done by the fencing contractor. Most of the professionals will be happy to show you their previous work.
These are some of the tips and precautions that you need to keep in mind before hiring a fencing contractor. You are going to spend quite a bit of money and these tips will help you find the best fencing contractor available, at the right price.