Educational Consumer Tips

Hiring a Fence Contractor

Author: Better Business Bureau

Find out if the fence contractor is bonded and licensed.

Obtain written estimates from at least three fence contractors. Compare the cost of the work to be done, the quality of materials to be used, and the cost of financing the work. Don't always go for the lowest bid; in many cases, you will get what you pay for.

Insist that each estimate include the cost of materials and labor and a statement of exactly what the contractor will do and how long the work will take.

Beware of salespersons or contractors who ask for large payments or the full amount in advance. However, it is reasonable to make a down payment in order to cover the cost of materials.

Ask for references. If possible, visit past job sites. Talk to former clients about the contractor; was the contractor easy to contact? Were they pleased with the quality of workmanship? What, if any, problems did they experience during the course of the project?

Check each fence contractor's reliability report with the Better Business Bureau.