When it comes to DIY projects, fencing is typically a popular choice. After all, it's just a simple case of adding a few panels and posts, right?
Unfortunately, in reality, fence installation is rarely as simple as it appears. Working with large sections of panels, and heavy posts and continually measuring and adjusting can be quite a task. A few errors could make the difference between a perfectly sturdy fence, and one that's leaning to the side.
This is why, in more instances than not, you should hire a fence installer. Despite higher upfront costs, you'll end up saving a fortune if you spiral out of control going the DIY route. The last thing you need is a devalued property because of a weak fence.
You're Practically Guaranteed a Picture-Perfect Installation
Unless your fence installer turns up intoxicated or is working with damaged materials, you can be sure that the job is correct. Like any certified professional, fencing installers are licensed, meaning they're recognized for the quality of their work.
This means that they take every measure to ensure that your installation is perfect, regardless of any obstacles they encounter. Whether you have uneven terrain, a sloped backyard, or an unusually long fence, a professional installer will figure out the best way to install it.
Lastly, even if your fence is poorly installed, you should have a work warranty from the installer. This ensures that any issues you may have with your fence down the road will be taken care of by them. If not, then you're probably dealing with a non-reputable installer.
You Could Save Money
While fencing installations will set you back potentially thousands of dollars, there are two scenarios where it's the most cost-effective to hire a pro:
Scenario 1: Poor DIY Job
As mentioned earlier, if you make any mistakes while installing your fence, it could cost you even more money to correct them. This is especially true if your DIY skills are extremely subpar. Instead of making these costly errors, it's much better to just hire an installer.
Furthermore, an ugly, shoddy-looking fence will detract from your property's look and even compromise its security and privacy. These aren't factors potential buyers will overlook, and as a result, will pay less for your property. After all, they will have to repair or replace the fence down the line.
Scenario 2: You're Productive with the Time You Save
For most people, installing a fence takes days or even weeks, depending on the size of your property and fence. A professional, meanwhile, will usually take 2-4 days to complete the job.
If your time is valuable, i.e. you're overlooking a project or have another job to attend to, then hiring an installer is ideal. This way, you can work on what's important to you while your fence is being taken care of.
Fencing Installers are Insured for Your Safety
Your DIY friend is drilling the fence posts, and suddenly the drill slips off his hands and he knocks himself out. He gets a concussion and is sent to the hospital for medical attention. Afterward, he insists you foot the bill as you were the one who asked him to do the job in your home.
While this is an unlikely scenario, you don't want it to happen at all - hire a pro!
A professional fencing installer should have workers' compensation insurance and general liability insurance. The former protects you if a worker is injured on the job, while the latter covers any damage to your property.
Remember, unexpected occurrences such as injury and property damage happen all the time. However, don't assume that you are responsible for these, as that is why insurance exists.
You Know Exactly What to Expect
Remember when I said that DIY fencing installers can take days to weeks? Well, that's because they don't have the experience to budget their time correctly. However, most DIYers would never assume a fencing installation would even take that long.
A professional, however, will give you an accurate estimate of your installation time length. You're given a timeline, along with any potential delays you may encounter. Delays could be anything from bad weather to faulty materials.
Fencing Professionals Have Unique Insights
Did you know tall, metal fences like Wrought Iron and Welded Iron Mesh are used for security? If you're into something traditional, a wooden picket fence is a fantastic choice.
While figuring out which fencing materials are best for you isn't rocket science, it's easy to misjudge the effectiveness of each. A professional installer knows which materials to use for what purpose, and will explain the following:
- How durable is each material is
- How it's priced
- Which materials are easier to maintain
- Which materials suit your exterior aesthetically
- Which materials and designs are best for design
If you need a helping hand in deciding the right material, who better to ask than a professional?
You'll Avoid Legal Ramifications
Most towns have a number of zoning and building codes you must comply with when it comes to fencing installation. This includes your fence's height and material. For example, in bushfire-prone areas, Vinyl is recommended due to its resistance to fire.
If you install a fence without consulting your local council, you will face legal ramifications and hefty fines afterward. On the other hand, a fence installer will already be aware of your local council's regulations and help you comply with them more efficiently.
In most cases, you may be required to obtain a permit before you can install your fence. A professional installer can help you apply for it and reduce the chances of delays.
Fencing installers aren't just handy people with drills. They are professionals who can save you time and money while still delivering the best results. Most importantly, they ensure your fence is installed perfectly, subsequently increasing your property's appearance and value.
If you're ever unsure of doing a job or want to ensure your fence is done safely and quickly, don't hesitate to hire a professional. It's always worth the initial costs.
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