The Fundamentals of Professional Fence Installation

The Fundamentals of Professional Fence Installation

While many do-it-yourselfers like installing their own fences, others prefer to hire experts to do it. What happens when you hire a fence company to install your fence?

Visit by a Fence Estimator

Fencing firms often divide their outside personnel into two groups: estimators and builders. The estimator uses a long measuring tape or a wheel-type measurement equipment to determine the length of the desired fence. The estimator will validate various factors with you, such as fence type, material, property line, and easements. TheĀ Fence Builder role is to estimate and then move on to the next project. Many estimators, on the other hand, have prior field experience and a solid understanding of the profession.

Get a Fencing Permit

When erecting a fence, certain locations need you to get a fence permit, whether you do it yourself or employ a professional. If this is the case, apply for the fencing permit as soon as possible so that the permission procedure does not stymie the construction.

Prior to Fence Installation

The estimate will normally come shortly, but the builders will take their time. The average wait period is two to six weeks, however this varies depending on your location, season, company, and other considerations.

If speed is critical to you, inquire early in the sales process whether they have a backlog of other work; if they have all materials on hand; and if there will be any seasonal slowdowns due to weather.

Identify Utility Lines

The fence firm should contact the local utility marking agency early in the installation process to schedule a visit to your property. This service, which is normally free, will label your yard so that the fence provider may avoid digging across utility lines.

Post Hole Excavation

The fence firm will contact you before installing the fence to schedule a date to dig the fence post holes. Post holes will be dug by a small group. Workers may utilize a hand-held post-hole digger for modest jobs in soft soil. The employees will utilize a motorized auger-style post-hole digger for the majority of the other tasks. They will dig below the frost line, if there is one. Keeping the bottoms of the fence posts below the frost line helps to keep the posts and fence from heaving upward in subzero temperatures.

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