How Is A Good Fence Contractor Selected?

Posted by Dawn Lowndes on Thu, Jun 07, 2012

In Government Fence, Residential Fence, Commercial Fence

There are many fence contractors looking to provide you services in erecting fences, however some are not qualified or do not have the proper experience to carry out certain jobs. A fence contractor is chosen in different ways, and this will vary depending upon the specific customers needs. The main disciplines in fencing opportunities are Commercial, Governmental, and Residential. Each one of these divisions has certain requirements to be able to qualify to bid, and to then execute the work.

fence contractorPrice is the primary consideration in selecting a commercial fence contractor. The bottom line is at the forefront so the lowest bidder usually secures the job. The person managing the contractor selection will need account for what is actually needed to complete the job. If the business owner only needs a fence, then a fence contractor would be selected. If the owner requires more work than fencing, then a general contractor would oversee final fence pricing and ‘subcontractors’ will actually price the fence. Other factors that contribute to the selection process can be submittals. Fencing submittals are drawing that illustrate or show what is specified in the contract documents. These are submitted so that the business owner or general contractor can be assured that the fence contractor is familiar with what is actually being constructed. At times a perimeter security contractor could have a really good price, but is not at all familiar with the particular type of fence needed and cannot actually be awarded the job. Reputation plays a big part in the commercial fence contractor selection process. A longstanding good reputation with General Contractors can be vital in obtaining future fence work for a fence company. Having a good track record with the contractors and consistently doing a commendable job will weigh heavily in the selection process. Having the resources and manpower to bid commercial jobs and the knowledge to carry them out is necessary to bid commercial fence projects. Adaptability to special types of fencing and special requests is key to project completion and thereby continued work and success.  This is where fence design and construction experience is a must in fence contractor section.

Military fence contractor traits are very similar those stated in the commercial criteria. Price also plays a big role in the choice, but the main deciding factor in a lot of military work is business classification. Certain bases or military institutions will require a fence contractor to be a Small, Women and Minority owned Business. Other qualifications for this are Disabled Veteran Owned, Disadvantaged Business, and Minority Owned business. These qualifications and designations can help a fence contractor obtain work through military, and can even prove imperative to landing a military contract. Also, in bidding military work there is a stringent bid process that is very detailed. It can actually be complicated and it requires a fence contractor who is familiar with the bid process and may even have a business relationship with contracting officer. A lot of high security fence is used on military bases and this is a case where having the resources and knowledge is vital in obtaining work.

fence raleigh north carolinaThe residential fence market is wide open and is driven mostly by fence prices and selection. Having supplier resources and different fence materials is key in residential fence contracting. Staying ahead of the curve by proposing new and creative fence design ideas will also keep you in an advantageous role as a residential fence supplier. The residential market is saturated with people who erect fence. Materials are so abundant that almost anyone can propose to do this. This makes a quick case for a residential fence installer's reputation being a very imporatant element of consideration. Being able to provide a high quality product, and to install it correctly will lead to great word of mouth advertising and repeat customers. Or just the opposite if a fence contractors reputation is bad. Many homeowner's looking for a fence will simply tall to their neighbor to find out who put up their fence.