Categories: Home Improvement, Home Building | Issue: January 2020
Ask the Expert 12 Questions to ask expert fence contractors prior to installation Whether you're installing a new fence or replacing an existing one, have the contractor come to your home to see your property and terrain. During your initial meeting you should ask some very important questions prior to construction and avoid unexpected problems. 1. What types of fencing materials do you install? There are different types of fencing materials, from wood and composites to aluminum and iron. You want to choose a material that will best meet your needs. 2. Are there any hidden or additional charges I need to be aware of? It is recommended you require the contractor to include these in the itemized quote so everything is clear and concise. 3. Do you provide a written itemized quote? Trustworthy contractors will be happy to provide a written itemized quote for your fence installation project. 4. What type of warranty is there on workmanship? Most contractors will offer a warranty on workmanship because they want their customers to be happy with the finished fence. 5. Do you obtain any necessary building permits or do I? Experienced fence installers will normally obtain any necessary permits, but, sometimes, they may require you to do so. 6. Do you have a portfolio of completed projects I can see? Expert contractors will take pictures, with permission, of their finished projects and share these with prospective customers. 7. Do you have a list of references I can contact? Reputable contractors will have a list of references you can contact to get feedback about the contractor and their workmanship. 8. What type of warranty is offered for the fence? Certain fencing materials will include a limited warranty against defects, and you need to know what is and is not covered. 9.are you licensed and insured, and can you provide proof? You want to make sure the contractor is licensed and insured. They should be willing to provide you a copy of their license and insurance coverage. 10. Do you contact local utilities or do I? Your utility companies will need to be contacted prior to installing a fence so they can mark water lines and electrical and cable lines. 11. Will you haul my old fence away? If you are having an old fence replaced, you need to know if you'll have to make arrangements to dispose of the old fence. 12. Do you offer finishing services? Some people want their fence painted or stained after it is installed. If you do, then you will want to know if your contractor can do this work, too. By asking these and any other questions you might have during your consultation, you can find the best Oklahoma fence installers and contractors, like us at Drytect. We invite you to contact us at (918)401-1000 or email: eat1@eau1eav1eaw1 to schedule a consultation appointment today.