Fences invoke a sense of security, privacy and aesthetic qualities that will add value to your property. Keep a few things in mind when deciding what kind of fence you want.
What purpose your fence will serve?
Is the primary purpose to keep your dog from escaping? Think about how agile your little pal is. If she digs like crazy or jumps like LeBron, you can plan accordingly.
Fido, no! Fido, come back!
Will your fence provide a decorative edging to a garden (or keep deer out)? Are you willing to maintain a wooden fence, or is metal a better option? If you're looking for something purely decorative, let the contractor know. A glass fense doesn't provide privacy, but can modernize a yard dramatically. On the other hand, if you're looking for security or to block a hideous view, you will want to consider how far apart the slats are. Test the fence height before it's installed.
Location, location, location
Take a look around your neighborhood and find a fence style that makes sense. Your fence's height and appearance may have to comply with neighborhood codes and homeowners associations as well.
Many HOAs restrict chain linked fences so that the neighborhood doesn't look a penetentary.
Finally, be sure you've checked the property lines. It's way too common to have to tear a fence down once it is already up because it is technically in a neighbor's yard.
What services will a fencing contractor provide?
Contractors will cut and set the fence posts, attach rails and pickets, cut decorative arches and install gates. Professionals will also consult on your design options. If you're on a tight budget, ask the contractor if he'll install the posts, then allow you to install the rails and boards yourself. Some contractors will provide financing.
Tips for choosing the right contractor
Remember to check a company's record at the Better Business Bureau as well as Kudzu reviews.
Always ask for an estimate before you allow work to begin. Sometimes, you can request a quote directly from a contractor's website, where you also may be able to see photographs of the contractor's work.
Make sure the contractor is licensed and insured and ask for references. In the end, go with a contractor that offers a written warranty on fences and repairs.