In this day and age, where products must be scrutinized and zoning restrictions have to be followed, putting up your own fence or wall can be a headache by yourself. Many people are looking to fence companies and the contractors that work for them for their years of expertise and their advice on how to execute that outdoor project correctly. But how do you sift through the countless companies to make sure that you’re getting the professionalism and products that you need? It can be hard, but here are a few tips to make sure that you get exactly what you want in a contractor.
Everything is accessible from your phone or computer online these days. Use that power to your advantage and so a little digital snooping in order to make sure that the company that you’re looking at working with is on the up and up. You can visit their website and take a look at the products that they offer and information about the company as a whole. Don’t deal with a company if they don’t have their own website, as they will be harder to track down in case anything goes wrong. You can also use websites, such as Yelp, Angie’s List, or Google to see what previous customers have to say about the company. If you see a lot of negative reviews, then you might want to take a closer look at the company before giving them your hard earned cash.
Consult the Better Business Bureau
The Better Business Bureau (otherwise known as the BBB) is a great resource for making sure that you’re dealing with an honest and hardworking company. If they’re a member of the BBB, then any complaints what have been lodged against the company will be listed, as well as how the company responded to those complaints. It can give you a good picture of complaints that have been levied against the company (and how if could affect your dealings with them) and, if there is an issue with your job, how you might be able to resolve it with the company satisfactorily. A better rating by the BBB (Up to an A+) means that the company satisfies their end of the deal and handles complaints and issues promptly.
Inquire About Payment Options
Putting in a fence or a wall is not the cheapest project around the house. If the company that you’re dealing with is legitimate, they should have several options for you as to how you can pay them. If the company asks that you only pay in cash, it’s probably a good sign that you should find another contractor.
Ask for a Written Estimate
Any company that deals in specialized projects and multi-variable jobs, such as fencing and walls, should be more than happy to send someone out (or at least provide one over the phone) in order to give you a written estimate on how much your job will cost you. This can also keep your project under or on budget, and you shouldn’t trust anyone who says that they can’t provide a written estimate before a job is started.