You’ve finally decided to install a fence around your home. It really doesn’t matter if you are planning to fence only part of your yard or your entire property. Choosing the right fence installation company in Delaware can be a tricky task, especially with so many to choose from. Here are some things to keep in mind as you start your search.
Ask for References
Do you have family members or friends who have recently had fences installed? Did a neighbor up the street just have some work done? Don’t be afraid to talk to those you know about their experiences. You’ll learn not only about the good contractors, but about those you should avoid as well.
Ask About Insurance
The first thing you should ask when calling fence companies is whether they are properly licensed and whether they have proper insurance. You’ll want to make sure the fencing company has general liability coverage to protect you against damages they may cause (or mistakes) and worker’s compensation to pay for damages if one of their workers gets hurt during the installation. If they don’t have these coverages, you could be held financially responsible if there is an accident.
Does the Company Have a Storefront?
The best way to choose fencing in Delaware is to see it in person. Does the fence company you are considering have a storefront you can visit? You should be able to walk around and see small samples of the various designs and styles.
Can You Get a Written Estimate?
Is the fence installer you are considering refusing to give you a fence installation estimate in writing? If so, look for someone else to work with. A legitimate fence installer will gladly visit your home, take exact measurements, and give you a quote detailing the costs of both materials and labor. Refusing a written estimate may mean he has something up his sleeve – like running with your money or charging you for extra materials that never make it to your property.
Talk about Payment Plans
What are the payment plans offered by the fence companies you are considering? No legitimate company will make you pay for a really large fence project 100% upfront. Most will ask you to make a deposit and will then ask for installments as certain parts of the job are complete. Smaller fence projects will require full payment once the job is complete. This is to ensure you have control over your cash if the contractor isn’t working as planned while ensuring legitimate contractors have enough money upfront to purchase needed supplies.
Check with the Better Business Bureau
The Better Business Bureau is an excellent resource for consumers. If in doubt, go online or call your local branch to find out if the fence companies you are interviewing have any complaints logged against them. If they do, find out if and how they were resolved.
Fencing in Delaware can be expensive and your fence will become a very permanent part of your property. Make sure you’re working with a reputable company like All American Fence Company and you’ll be very pleased with the end result.