When it comes time to install a new fence, there are many decisions you’re going to make. From what type of fence you want, to who is going to install that fence. Finding the right fence contractor for the job can seem like a daunting task. You can get quotes from different contractors, but how do you know they’re going to be the right fit for you? To help you make your decision, here some important questions you should ask your fence contractor.
How long have you been in business?
One of the very first things you’ll want to know about your potential fence contractor is how long they’ve been in business. The longer a fence contractor has been in business, the more reviews and information you’ll be able to find on them.
Usually, reviews can be found not only on their website, but on Google or sites like Angie’s List. When you go looking for information on the company, you’ll also want to see if you can find anything about any owners or employees. Ideally, you’ll want a fence contractor that not only has a good track record, but also a professional history of at least 5 years.
Who is responsible for identifying private utilities, public utilities, and property lines?
Asking about responsibilities should be one of your first questions. Fence contractors should always contact your local utility companies to locate and mark any underground water, power, or gas lines. Because it is a service provided directly by the utility company, it is usually free. However, that is only for public utilities. If there are any privately owned cabling or piping systems, such as irrigation, you will need to identify them yourself.
Additionally, a good fence contractor will request a copy of your survey records so they know exactly where your property lines are. They are not responsible for identifying them, the homeowner is. If you do not have these records, your fence contractor should be able to recommend a good surveyor or title company that could produce them for you. You don’t want it discovered later that your fence was installed outside of your property lines. Moving the fence will be at the homeowner’s expense.
When installing a fence, it is important you have all the information you need. That way, your property, your neighbor’s property, and the contractor are all protected.
Who will pull the required permits for the project?
All fence contractors should be asked about their permitting process. Not only do you need to know if permits need to be pulled, but you’ll need to know which specific permits will be required. If you do need to get a permit to install your fence, the fence contractor should be the one to pull it. If they ask the homeowner to pull the permit(s), this could be a sign of a bigger problem. It could be a sign that they are not approved, licensed, or insured by the municipality.
Is your company licensed and insured to operate in this state?
This is one of the questions a good fence contractor won’t mind answering. Do not work with a company that is not licensed or insured! There are just too many risks involved for both the homeowner and the company. It can leave you open to liability if there are any damages or injuries during the installation of your fence.
Furthermore, the fence contractor you hire should be able to provide you with proof of both licensure and insurance. At the very least, any business operating on your property should be covered by general liability insurance to protect all parties involved. Additionally, all technicians working on your property should be certified, licensed, and insured in accordance with state and local law.
What type of warranties are offered?
Warranties are important for anything in your home that is going to have regular wear and tear. This extends beyond just your car or washing machine to your fence as well. Warranties can cover anything from normal wear and tear to chopping, peeling, blistering, or damage caused by pests or inclement weather. There are manufacturers warranties that will cover the specific materials or hardware used in the construction of you fence. There are also warranties that will cover the labor involved in completing your project.
Are there any special requirements for pool fences?
Whether you’re installing a fence around your yard or around your pool, you’re going to have questions. If you are installing a fence around your pool, there may be special requirements that need to be adhered to. Depending on where you live, there are going to be different guidelines for pool fences. Safety is a top priority when it comes to pools, so requirements can range from the types material used to the height of the fence and width of any openings in it. The fence contractor you hire should be well versed in these requirements for your area.
Why should I choose your business?
Ultimately, you’re going to want to choose the fence contractor that understands all of the technical requirements of your project, but is also honest, affordable, and top quality. You’ll also want the fence contractor that is more than willing to answer any of the questions you may have. If you think Clarksville Fencing is the right fit for you, you can request a quote today!