For the majority of people their home is their biggest single investment! Thus choosing the right company and trades to complete work on your property is so important. Fencing and gates are an important element of any project. They are frequently the first feature of your house that people see and therefore they need to be both functional and beautiful. When choosing a fencing or gate contractor the following questions need to be asked:
One: How long you have been in business?
An extensive business history of quality fencing work is a strong indicator of a trustworthy company employing experienced tradespersons. Years of service excellence will naturally attract the most capable workers who understand every facet of the business and take pride in a job well done. Unfortunately the construction industry has several rogue operators, who come and go, but quality operators stand the test of time.
Two: Can you show me examples of your work?
Viewing completed work is often the best way to determine what your job will look like when completed. This will allow you to see the quality of the fabrication and installation. A reputable fencing company will be more than happy to provide you addresses of premises where you can see examples of their work. An alternative is to visit the company’s workshop and see where their fencing and gates are made. This will allow you to both observe the quality of the workmanship first hand and verify that he fencing and gates were made in Australia.
Three: Is the company fully insured?
All reputable contractors will be fully insured. If a fencing company does not have insurance it’s an immediate red flag. Don’t hesitate to ask any contractor to see their certificate of currency for their public liability and indemnity insurance as well as their workers compensation coverage.
Four: Do you provide a warranty on your products?
Whenever a company offers a warranty, it is a strong indication of a quality product and service. All reputable fencing and gates contractors will offer a warranty on both materials used and installation completed.
Five: Why will fencing or gates made by your company last longer?
This is an extremely open ended question, however the manner the fencing or gate contractor answers it will indicate how much they know about their product. For instance if you ask a Fencemakers consultant this questions he would mention the following points:
- All our fencing and gates are made at our Malaga factory by trade certified fabricators – ensuring quality made products,
- We only use Australian made pre-galvanised Steel,
- All welds are Stainless Steel and non-rusting,
- All fencing and gates go through a three stage pre-treatment process before powder-coating. This pre-treatment process is the regarded as the optimum process and will ensure the maximum life of the coating.
The manner this question is answered will demonstrate how professional the operator is and provide you information of the fencing / gate features that will ensure your product will stand the test of time.
Six: How long will the process take?
As with any construction project, the people in charge of your fencing project should provide you with an estimated time frame for the entire project. This information is crucial for your planning.
When hiring any trade or contractor, you need to make an informed decision. Hiring a fencing or gate contractor is no different. You need to know what questions to ask to ensure you are comparing all companies on a like for like basis, not just on the basis of price. This will allow you to make an informed decision and give you greater bargaining power.
If you would like to find out more information about Fencemakers fencing or gates products, or arrange for a sales representative to come out give you a no-obligation quote, please do not hesitate to contact us.