Choosing the right Houston fence company is important if you want a quality job done! Here are 5 tips to help you avoid making costly mistakes:
Price - Don’t select a Houston fence company on price alone - whether it is too low OR too high. Ideally, you want a company that uses quality materials backed up by warranties or a satisfaction guarantee. Once you have chosen a Houston fence company and the work is complete, it will be incredibly expensive to have the whole thing torn out and replaced if you aren’t happy with it. Take the time to do your research and select the right company in the first place.
Experience - Make sure you select a company that actually has experience installing fences. While that should go without saying, you'd be surprised how many contractors will also claim to be fencing experts. Save yourself hassle and money by choosing a company that can back up their promises with years of experience and numerous happy customers.
References - Speaking of happy customers, take the time to ask a potential fence company for references from previous clients. If the customers have given the company permission to be contacted, follow through and call. You will want to ask if the company was able to complete all the work in the stated time frame - and within budget. Also, ask how the employees themselves were during the job. Were the employees respectful and diligent when it came to cleaning up after themselves? You can also read customer reviews online, but remember to always take those with a grain of salt. Speaking directly to known previous customers will give you a clear picture of what to expect.
Property inspection with a written estimate - Also be wary of a company that offers an estimate without ever stepping foot on your property. The area where you desire the fence to be installed needs to be thoroughly evaluated. A knowledgeable contractor will examine the soil, linear feet available, calculate the perimeter of the area where you would like the fence, and take into account the architecture of your home and what fence style would compliment it. A reputable company will also consider whether or not you need access points in the fencing to enter a garden or backyard.
When you receive a written estimate from a Houston fence company, look for the following:
- Estimated time to complete the work
- How many people will be working on the job
- Specifically what type of materials will be used
- Are you expected to incur any extra costs if unexpected issues arise
- The company’s license number
Taking the time to carefully read the estimate can mean the difference between loving the end product or being frustrated and disappointed when a company fails to live up to your expectations.
Warranties and guarantees - Before deciding to hire a Houston fence company, check to see if they offer a warranty or satisfaction guarantee with their services. Most manufacturing companies offer warranties for materials for a certain period of time, and the fencing company should provide customers with some level of satisfaction guarantee.
Congratulations on your decision to have new fencing installed at your house! Follow the tips above to ensure a successful partnership with the right Houston fence company.