Three Subjects To Cover When You're Hiring A Fencing Contractor

22 February 2016
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


Having the right fence built in your yard can increase the curb appeal of your home while also adding a degree of privacy and safety. Once you've looked online or checked out neighbors' fences and you have an idea of the fence you want, it's beneficial to look up a few fencing contractors in your city and speak to each company. These conversations will not only help you find the best price for your fence, but will also give you the opportunity to ask some questions of the contractor to ensure that you're hiring the right person for the job. Here are three subjects that are worthwhile to cover in your effort to find the best contractor.

Liability Insurance

Fence building isn't inherently dangerous, but the reality is that there's always a risk of injury when power tools are being used. As such, it's important to ascertain that the fencing contractor you're considering has liability insurance. This is critical because if the contractor were to get injured on your property, you could be held financially liable. You can completely avoid this concern by ensuring that the contractor's liability insurance is up to date. This is a reason for hiring a reputable fence builder; reputable contractors will always have this insurance and you can't say the same for hiring a "handy" friend to do the job for you.

New Materials

Many homeowners favor fencing contractors who exclusively use new materials for the building project. This means that all the fencing hardware, as well as the wood or other material used for the fencing will be purchased specifically for the job. Ensure that your contractor takes this approach; you don't want to give your business to an unscrupulous contractor who uses old materials that might not have the same degree of longevity or sturdiness as new materials.

Waste Removal

A fencing job will typically generate a fair bit of waste. For a wooden fence, for example, there will be wood off-cuts, empty bags of cement and more. Ensure that your fencing contractor has a plan for dealing with the waste – and that its removal is included in the written estimate you receive at the start of the job. Reputable contractors will also cart away all the waste from the job and leave your yard looking pristine. It's valuable to confirm this information up front so you won't be left handling this task on your own.

For temporary fences, contact a company such as A & R Rent-A-Fence.