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Before Hiring a Long Island Fence Contractor

Back in the US’s pioneering and homesteading days, a good fence had to be “horse-high, bull-proof, and hog-tight.” Even today, when most of us don’t have to deal with keeping livestock in and wildlife out, installing a fence is a major project that requires a great deal of skill, experience and preparation even before the first post is hammered in. Whether you hire a fence contractor in Phoenix or Orlando, you will need to deal with the following questions, among others: Will your fence be ornamental or functional? What type of soil does your area have? What about weather conditions – are there heavy snowfalls and frequent storms? Will your fence be located on a slope or on flat land? Are you looking for privacy or serious security? With so many factors to consider, here are some tips to help you get started finding the right fence contractor for your project.

Get References

Noticed your neighbor’s sweet new picket fence? Or perhaps your brother-in-law just had a split-rail fence installed around his acres? Ask them who did the work and whether they’re pleased. Was the work done on time and on budget? Was the contractor easy to work with and available for discussion and questions during the project? Was the price reasonable? Did they handle cleanup when the work was done? Don’t be afraid to shop around until you have a short list of contractors who meet these qualifications. Call each of them and give them a description of your project. Ask them about their availability, pricing and warranties. Also, for your protection and theirs, make sure that they have the licenses and insurance that the law requires.

Get Estimates

Once you’ve narrowed the list to three or four fence contractors, get estimates from each one. They’ll need to come see your property, take measurements and discuss specific issues. For example, if there is any sloping on your property, will you want the fence to hug the ground (a must if you’re keeping pets in or critters out) or be stepped, which will leave spaces underneath? Read More