When it comes to home improvement projects, it’s easy to lean toward wanting to do it yourself for many different reasons. For many, it might come down to the notion that doing it yourself might save some money. For others, it might be the challenge itself and the pride that comes from building something that helps to beautify and enhance their investment in their home.
For many homeowners, installing a fence is a wonderful way to enhance their home. While there are plenty of benefits to installing a fence, improving home security, home equity, and curb appeal are major reasons homeowners choose to do so. If you’ve already decided that a fence is in your home’s future, there are a few key factors you must consider in order to take the next step in deciding if you’re going to install it yourself or hire a professional fence contractor to do it for you.
Skill and Experience
This comes down to what you know. Maybe you know your way around a toolbox and a workbench and you’re pretty skilled when it comes to building things and using your hands. But the size and scope of a fence that encircles your property requires more than just tools and skill. Larger installations – even average ones – oftentimes require proper knowledge regarding permits and local zoning ordinances. While there are probably hundreds of fence-building tutorial videos on YouTube, there’s no substitution for the experience and expertise required to successfully estimate material cost and supplies for such a project. Which brings us to the next important factor to consider…
How Long Vs. How Much
When it comes to such a project, few factors are as important as the project budget and the project timeline. Oftentimes the two factors work in direct correlation with the other. In other words, you might think you’re saving money by doing the project yourself, but due to lack of experience or the tools necessary, the project might ultimately take longer than if you’d hired a professional for the job. Contractors not only own the tools necessary and get materials at wholesale prices, but their experience can streamline the permit and approval process, which can eliminate unnecessary delays in construction.
Overall Quality and Craftsmanship
While a DIY’er might take exceptional care in building their fence, they may not have access to the same quality materials and tools that a professional fence contractor would; and even if they did, it would likely be at a higher cost. Any compromise in the quality of any aspect of the project can result in an overall lack of quality when it comes to the finished product. In addition, a trusted pro will guarantee their work to ensure confidence and customer satisfaction.
Consult with a Professional First
As odd as it may sound, you can seek out a FREE consultation with a professional installer to determine if your project is something you can tackle on your own or if it’s best left to a fence expert. First Fence of Georgia has installed thousands of fences over the better part of the last 20 years, with a long list of satisfied customers as proof of their commitment to service, satisfaction, and sustained excellence.