Five Things to Do as a Homeowner Before Getting a Fence Quote
Here is my inspiration for this blog. I find that when customers get 3 quotes, each contractor’s quote will be different than the other. Not just the price but the type and style of fence quoted. This is because of the education that happens from the first visit to the last. Long story short, the customer cannot compare apples to apples.
I believe this happens quite often. Hence, I have written five things you should do before you get your first quote.
1. Determine your needs and preferences
Before getting a quote, take some time to think about what you want in a fence. Consider factors such as the size of your yard, budget, the type of fence you want, and the overall aesthetic you’re trying to achieve. This will help you narrow down your options and make it easier to get an accurate quote. (Your common wood fences currently range from $30 to $75/ft).
2. Determine the purpose of your fence
Do you want to increase privacy, keep pets in or out, or add decorative value to your property? Knowing the purpose of your fence will help you choose the right materials and design. Some basic terms are 6-foot tall, 8-foot tall, pressure-treated pine, cedar, side by side, board on board, and stained or not. Having this information before your first visit will be very helpful.
3. Research local regulations and homeowner association rules
Some cities and homeowner associations have rules and regulations regarding fences, so it’s important to check what’s allowed in your area. For example, some neighborhoods may have height restrictions, require certain materials to be used, or require particular colors. Knowing these rules ahead of time can help you avoid any potential issues or fines down the road.
4. Check the reputation of the contractors you are considering
Ask your neighbors on Nextdoor for referrals. Also, google them on maps, and read their google reviews. You can also drive around your neighborhood looking at signs on fences you like. The customer would not likely allow a sign put up if they did not like them and their work.
5. Get multiple quotes
You should also get 3 quotes. Maybe the first is $8,000, and the second is $6,000. Why the big discrepancy? Hence, the need for a 3rd quote. If the final quote comes closer to one or the other, it will likely solve the question about price. If you like one contractor over the other, don’t hesitate to ask them to match the price of the lower one. If they are close, they likely will. And that is the reason for the 3 bids. Get the company you want with the comfort of knowing the price is fair.
Read each quote and make sure they are quoting the same style of fence. Ask them if you have questions. Taking the time to do these five things will ensure that you receive the best possible value and help you make sure that the final product is what you expected. Don’t hesitate to research and shop for the right fencing company.
Are you in the DFW area and ready to get a quote for a new fence or repair? Contact us today.