What to expect when buying a fence

There are many reasons why a homeowner may want to install a new fence. Whether it’s for safety, security, pet containment or overall property aesthetics, having some knowledge of the process can help make for a better buying experience. Fence Outlet owner & founder Rajul Patel has taken the time to explain what you should know and expect when buying a fence.

Finding a reputable fencing company

“First of all, whether the property owner uses Fence Outlet or another company for the fence installation, we strongly recommend that you do your homework and research – find out who are the reputable professionals in your area,” said Patel. “Look at factors like how long they have been in business, and how well they service their customers AFTER the sale. Lastly, insist on getting an accurate assessment of the work required and estimate project costs before making any final decisions or commitments.”

What costs are included in a fence estimate?

Once you have chosen a fencing company, Patel then explains what people should expect when they see free fence estimate offers. Make sure that the estimates that they receive includes the following:

  1. Costs for materials
  2. Costs for labor
  3. Costs for delivery
  4. Costs for any permits if required

Contractors

If an old fence is being taken down by the contractor, you should make note if that’s included in the estimate as well. If your contractor asks you to get the permit, this should raise a red flag – is this contractor licensed and insured? Here are a few more questions you should ask your contractor before beginning work:

  • Who will pay for any damages, if incurred, during the installation?
  • Who will pay to move the fence if it was installed without a permit from your local municipality?

Patel reiterates that homeowners should “insist on an accurate assessment of the work required and estimated project costs before making any decisions or commitments.”

How Fence Outlet can help you

With a combined 80,000 square-feet of showroom and inventory in Orlando, Oviedo, Tampa, North Port, and Port Richey, Fence Outlet provides a variety of fence materials including wood, vinyl and aluminum. We also carry chain link and steel fencing for both residential and commercial applications. Fence Outlet also offers customers professional, timely and quality fence installation. “Our team will help you measure your project, provide you with a free cost estimate, and assist with permitting for a complete turnkey installation project. If you choose to do it yourself, just bring your measurements in to one of our stores and we can provide you with a detailed cost breakdown including delivery and tax.”

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