When you're looking for a fencing contractor these are our top tips to getting a quality job done by skilled contractors.
Word of mouth is a great way to narrow down your list of potential fencing contractors. Many contractors run ads in local newspapers and may be perfectly good fencers but just because their ad looks professional, don't assume anything. Do your research, social media is a fantastic way to find honest customer feedback. Ask around at your local timber yard or farm fencing merchants and ask for recommendations. Most will have two or three that they recommend on a regular basis.
Nothing beats a close-up inspection of the contractor's past work. If possible, see if you can inspect a recently completed fencing job that is similar to your project.
This industry group only accepts fencing contractors who can prove their competency to a high level. They must:
- Hold an NZQA certificate in fencing which covers all aspects of fencing practice, including design, how to work with different soil types and terrains, and practical wire skills.
- Have a working health and safety policy
- Have public liability insurance
- Have been in business for at least three years, to prove their business acumen and tax/financial practices
- Provide references from satisfied clients to FCANZ
A good fencing contractor is never short of work, so be a little wary of anyone who says they’re available immediately.
Smaller jobs can be carried out within short time frames, but larger projects generally require some forward planning. It can be at least a few weeks before they can start so it pays to start talking to potential contractors a month or two in advance.
Like many other trades, good fencing contractors are busy people and you might have to wait a few days for them to get back to you to organise a time to do a quote. If you're trying to get hold of a contractor, it's highly likely they're out of reception, or they are using heavy, noisy machinery so they don't always hear their phone or they mightn't be able to stop - those are things to be conscious of when you're ringing people.
Gathering several quotes is always a good idea to get a gauge on costs for labour and materials. While the price is important, it shouldn't be the only deciding factor. A quote that comes in much lower than the others can often indicate the contractor is using inferior materials. This is a false economy when it comes to fencing as the labour costs to rectify a failed fence will outweigh any initial savings on materials. Look for contractors who provide quality materials, the right machinery and a high level of craftsmanship.
Local experience is essential, as terrain can vary significantly across different regions. Although a well established contractor may charge a little more, you will have the peace of mind knowing that they are a local accountable business who will be around for years to come.
The exception to the three quote rule is when a fencing contractor comes highly recommended by multiple sources. If he has a good reputation, go with that contractor!
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