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Old 06-25-2013, 11:54 AM
 
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LOL, I see the bash contractors thread has reared it head again.

Best way to find contractors is to go where they are working. I'm having my roof redone. All the contractors, a total of 7, are from referrals within the construction industry.

Smart home owners come to you.

I don't advertise and all my work is referrals only.

When I meet a home owner that is a PIA wanting a bid I send them to Angies List.

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Old 12-01-2020, 08:36 PM
 
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Yeah, I agree. the last time I had my fences done, I really did some research and I was really pissed off by lots of fence contractors who don't have a fence calculator in their website.

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Old 12-02-2020, 03:48 AM
 
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Once you get your "estimates" and decide on a contractor, get the proposal in writing. The proposal should include a copy of their insurance policy. You can check their license on line if your state requires one. (All the names: the contract, the insurance company and the license must match.) If you want something in the proposal, get it in writing. I have had some contractors hem and haw and I move on; some will do the proposal right in their vehicle and they have small printers to print it and have copies of their licenses and insurance with them.

Where I live, fence contractors should know the requirements of the localities of where the fence can go: on the property line or away from it. Be aware of any easements or rights of way.

The 4x4's which go into the ground are treated to go in the ground and be in that kind of environment. The rails and pickets are treated differently, they can withstand moisture but not burial in the ground. The price of wood is rising and if they get their supply from the big box stores their quality is diminishing during this time, sometimes they are simply out where I live.
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Old 12-02-2020, 01:53 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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No service provider should ever do anything without first seeing it. With fences, it's a matter of access to the site, soil condition, and topography. We just went halves on a fence with our neighbor on one side of our lot, and were surprised, almost shocked that our part was only $500. This is in a city with the average income $168k, average home price $1 million. The contractor did a great job, even using 6x6 posts, and didn't take advantage. When you see a neighbor getting a new fence, ask them for info on the contractor and whether they were happy.
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Old 12-05-2020, 10:49 PM
 
Location: Kalamalka Lake, B.C.
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There are too many variables for a quote on their web site, if they even have one. Consumers are bad for "assuming" all fences are the same. Those "kits" that are sold the boards are too thin; they warp in a year. If your contractor has been around for awhile, and WARRANTIES their work, they'll be compared (by you) to some asshat shleppmeister that will be in/out of your yard, grab your money and disappear, that's why.
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Old 12-21-2020, 02:04 PM
 
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There are too many variables for a quote on their web site, if they even have one. Consumers are bad for "assuming" all fences are the same. Those "kits" that are sold the boards are too thin; they warp in a year. If your contractor has been around for awhile, and WARRANTIES their work, they'll be compared (by you) to some asshat shleppmeister that will be in/out of your yard, grab your money and disappear, that's why.
This. Doing the research and replacing my old fence gave me new appreciation for fences. No such thing as a 'standard fence'. A lot of options for wood, style, bracing and fasteners to name just a few variables. Those online estimators are actually quite accurate. You can spend anywhere from $5k to $15k for the same size of wood fence. Depends on the quality of the materials used and how well it's put together. That's where you either need to price the materials yourself or get bids from contractors.
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Old 12-22-2020, 05:41 PM
 
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Nevermind.
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