By Chris Buenz
When it comes to property value, there’s no denying the appeal of a quality fence. A good fence can enhance curb appeal, add security, create privacy and more — but only when it’s the right fence for the site. A chain link fence isn’t the best choice when you’re after more privacy, just as a white picket fence won’t work at an industrial site. That’s exactly why doing a little research about fence types and styles is a worthwhile investment of time for today’s property owners.
Whether you’re looking to enclose a backyard or to fence a commercial courtyard, you want to make sure you pick the right fence. Taking the time to weigh the possibilities now can save you time and headaches later, after your fence is installed.
- Why is research so important before a fence purchase?
- What exactly should you look into?
- How does your choice of fence contractor factor into your decision?
To help answer these questions, here’s a closer look at what you need to know before buying a fence for your home or business.
Why Research Before Your Fence Installation?
Buying a fence is a significant purchase. As such, you want it to last for years to come, without your needing to replace it and rethink what you’ve installed. Just as you’d research possibilities for any other big purchase — a house, a car, an engagement ring — so too you want to take time to think through your options for a fence. By evaluating all the available purposes, materials and styles of fencing products, you’ll be better equipped to make a choice you’ll keep enjoying well into the future.
Types of Considerations Before Building
When you’re evaluating a potential fence purchase, there are several aspects to consider. Why are you building a fence, for example? What are your main goals — to block noise, to protect pets or to add privacy? You have to choose fencing material, height, placement and design, so you’ll want to think through the pros and cons of each. Likewise, have you looked into the obstructions that exist in your land? Are there underground utilities to consider? Beyond thinking through these factors by yourself, it’s also helpful to talk with a professional fencing contractor experienced in fence installation and products. This way, you have some expert guidance to aid you through the process.
Finding the Right Fencing Contractor
When it comes to fence purchases, one of your most important decisions will be the choice of contractor. Ideally, you want a fence contractor with good reviews, the ability to give you a written estimate, and the knowledge of the industry to be able to answer any questions you have. To help you compare contractors and make the best choice, here are some questions worth asking before you sign a contract:
- What type of fence would you recommend for my site?
- Can you provide a free estimate?
- What is your track record with staying within your estimated amounts?
- How often do you finish jobs on time?
- Do you provide any sort of warranty on your work?
- Are there any guarantees on your work?
Feel free to speak to multiple contractors and compare the written estimates you receive from each one. By taking the time to analyze different professionals and what they offer, you’ll feel freer to confidently move forward in your fencing choice.
Benefits to Look Forward to With a New Fence
After you’ve gone through the checklist of considerations for a new fence, you can enjoy all the benefits that come from a quality structure. Consider what you have to gain from a great, new fence:
- Added security with a deterrent to intruders
- Safety benefits for kids and pets
- Privacy at your property
- Defined property boundaries
- Enhanced visual appeal
Are you thinking about adding a fence to your location and wondering where to start? Check out the following infographic for a handy checklist of considerations as you make your decision.
Author bio: Chris Buenz is the owner of First Fence Company in Chicago, IL. With more than 18 years of experience in both fencing and sales, Buenz is well versed in the Chicago-area business market.
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