So, you have finally decided to put up a new fence. Good idea, but how are you going to do it? Are you going to do-it-yourself or hire someone? For those of you that like working with your hands, DIY is probably the answer. In many cases time is the main factor, having the time to build the fence. For those that don’t like working with their hands, hiring a contractor is a must. That’s where we at J. Gudiel Landscaping Inc. come in. We do all sorts of outside property maintenance, including putting up fences. For that reason we would like to give you a few tips on how to find fence contractors near Framingham MA.
Find the Best Fence Contractors near Framingham MA
By following the steps below.
Points to Consider
Anyone who installs fences for a living will have a registered business that is also licensed and insured. Check out these before you decide who to approach. You don’t want to be stuck with any liability claims if something should go wrong. They will probably be accredited with the local Better Business Bureau or trade organizations. You can use those to check out potential contractors.
It is easy to go online and find many contractors, but unfortunately, you don’t know them personally. It’s best to question friends, family or neighbors who have had fences put up. That way you get personal references. Failing that you could knock on doors when you see a fence that you particularly like.
With a name, you can look up the contractor online and read their reviews and testimonials. Most businesses nowadays, big or small, have a website where you can see pictures of their work.
Find out if they specialize in fencing work or if they are just general construction contractors with no particular expertise in building fences.
Once you have picked out a few potential contractors you can compare prices to see which is the most competitive. If you live in a residential area there could be restrictions about putting up fences. A contractor that specializes in fencing should know these restrictions.
Most local authorities also may require you to get a permit before you build. Ask whether or not the contractor will acquire the permits. This may not save you any money, but it will save you time and hassle, at least.
Do they check to see if there are any unforeseen hazards, water pipes, sewers or utility cables, under where the site of the fence?
Get a written quote or estimate before you decide to hire as you don’t want any hidden surprises at the end of the job. Don’t hire any fence contractor unless they are willing to offer a warranty for their work.
Do they charge for the completed work? They might charge by an hourly rate or by footage. Also, you want to see a time schedule for the work, start and completion dates.