Archive for October, 2011

Farmington Hills Fence Company

Aluminium Fencing

Aluminium Fencing is an Often-Overlooked Option Which Looks Good and has a Long Life

After more than 40 years in the business of installing both residential and commercial fencing, we know you have many things in mind when searching for the best Farmington Hills fence company to complete your project. Nobody installs a fence haphazardly and we at Veterans Fence know that there is not such thing as a “little job” where installing a fence is concerned.

It would seem that a lot of local fence companies in the Farmington Hills have somehow forgotten this. Right now it seems that everyone wants to focus on pressuring homeowners to buy the most expensive type of fencing on the market. My dad, Jim Teets, never operated our family business in such a manner and there’s not way that I’m going to do so either. Back when I was a boy, I remember continually being told that the traditional chain link fencing was the foundation of any fence business and never to turn down a job just because the homeowner wanted to go with inexpensive chain link fencing. “Boys,” he would say, “it’s usually the woman-of-the-house who is driving to have a fence put in and her #1 concern is making sure that her tykes and the little dog she just gave them stay in the right place, secure from harm.” I believe he was right and if the entire world turns and marches the other way there will be one Farmington Hills fence company that stays the course and provides customers what they want whether chain link, vinyl, or wood.

Eventually I bought the company from dad years ago and I can attest that I’ve seen changes in what people like in a residential fence over the years. Style, durability, and easy maintenance have made privacy fence a top pick of local residents. That being said, I’ve made a point never to loose sight of the fact that being kind and courteous to each one of my customers and their neighbors when performing a fence installation and at the same time being quick to address any concerns are the things which are more important in the minds of those looking for a new fence than the color or material ever could be.

Veterans is a Farmington Hills fence company that has experience in designing and installing a full array of fence products for a myriad of different applications. From chain link to cedar, from vinyl to rod iron all of these types of projects have been successfully tackled in the past and many satisfied customers have gone back over the years for all of their fence installation needs.

The team members that I lead have pledged to respect your time, listen to you patiently as you explain in detail your vision for exactly how you want your new fence installed, and will give you the best value on your project bar none.

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You can't see him, but there's a little dog being kept in that yard behind this attractive Cedar fence.

Notice that the term “best value” was used here. Not “cheapest”. As you can probably agree from past experience, going with the cheapest version of anything is usually a bad idea. Other Farmington Hills fence companies operate on idea that they can only compete with older, better established and reputable companies such as ours by offering dangerously low prices.

Yes, I said “dangerously” low. How is this dangerous? To put very simply, much of the expense where installing fencing is concerned is related to the cost of materials. Pretty much all fence companies in the southeast Michigan area, from Ann Arbor to Grosse Ile, buy their materials from a small group of suppliers. That being the case, there is no way to bring the cost of materials down because there is no Farmington Hills fence company that has attempted to “become the factory” and make their fencing from raw materials.

The only way then, to bring prices down significantly when materials cost is fixed is to cut corners. Either you have to hire low quality workers who don’t demonstrate a high amount of responsibility in their lives and thus can work for just enough money to pay for some cheeseburgers and fund their monthly subscription to their favorite World of Warcraft online game or you end up skipping out on necessary local permits which puts you at risk that the job won’t be done to the proper standards or you get hodge-podge service where a job may be started on a Monday by digging holes for posts, but not finished for another 3 weeks while the company tries to tie up loose ends on previous jobs so they can get paid. Whichever way you look at it, there is a very real “cost” associated with going with the cheapest provider in town which is why we say some quotes are “dangerously” low. It is our sincerest desire to provide the greatest overall experience in both the design, installation, and long-term enjoyment of your fence at the best price when all factors are weighed in the balance.

If you like the idea of working with a reputable Farmington Hills fence company who takes their work seriously and is run by a man who believes that age-old rule of “love your neighbor as yourself”, then give me a call at 313-381-8530 and I’ll be out to your place in a day or two to answer any questions you have and give you an estimate on how much it’ll cost to get your new fence installed in short order.

Brian Teets

- Veterans Fence, Owner

Beverly Hills Fence Company

Cedar Fence with Columns

Cedar Fence with Columns

If you live in Beverly Hills then you have come to the right place to get more information about having a fence installed. I’m going to provide you with 3 Easy Steps you can take in order to insure that your experience of buying a new fence and having it installed goes smoothly.

We’ll be focusing on the things to do in order to choose the best Beverly Hills fence company for your job, but there’s a lot more info at different areas of this site so feel free to check out that as well. That being said, let’s get into the things you can do to make sure that the local fence company you go with will do a good job at a fair price:

1) Company Location – the extended state of economic trouble has put more than one Beverly Hills fence company in harm’s way. A lot of homeowners are pressing the pause button on any big-ticket purchases from TVs to cars to home upgrades. This applies double where installing permanent fixtures for the house is concerned because many homeowners don’t know how long they’ll be staying in their current home.

What this all boils down to is a situation where the fence companies which have not been driven out of business are not stretching out and looking for business in areas where they wouldn’t normally even bid on a job. This can go awry quickly because there is no rule that says that as soon as you cut a deposit check to a particular Beverly Hills fence company, that you have a space in line “saved” where scheduling is concerned and everyone who signs up to get a fence after you will have their fence installed after you.

Beverly Hills Fence Company

A wrought iron fence is an oft-forgotten option that can set many homes aprart from the crowd.

The fencing business is complex in that, with the exception of chain link fencing, materials have to be ordered and produced before they can be picked up and brought to the job site for installation. The exception to this is the fence posts, which can be had on demand because there are no sizing requirements. The result is that fence companies will go out and install the posts well in advance of installing the rest of the fence. You can see how, if you are dealing with a company that is way out in Lansing instead of a Beverly Hills fence company that is in the local southeast Michigan area, you could find yourself in a situation where you have fence posts in the ground but the rest of you fence sits unfinished while the contractor delays the work on your project in order to get as many jobs “closer to home” finished instead. Go with a company that is more local and you can avoid this.

2) Municipality Requirements – I’ll come right out and say that it is my hope that you’ll choose Veterans Fence Company to install your next fencing system. If, however, you decided that another Beverly Hills fence company is better suited to the task, make sure that they know what they are doing in Beverly Hills.

Remember, a company based in Lansing can run an add in the local paper or Yellow Pages but that doesn’t mean they have the experience dealing with the local community planning department. This is another reason why working with a local Beverly Hills fence company is in your best interests.

3) Proper Bonding, Insurance, and Certification – always double check to make sure that the Beverly Hills fence company you go with carries the proper insurance and is bonded in accordance with Michigan State regulations. If a member of an installation crew injures himself while on your property, his company’s coverage should help take care of his lost time, wages, and medical expenses. If this type of coverage was never procured or was allowed to lapse then the worker might just feel that it makes sense to pursue legal action again you, the homeowner, to get the money he feels he’s entitled to.

At Veterans Fence we’ve always maintained our contractor’s license in good standing as well as all the required insurance coverage to give you that extra peace of mind when our fence company is on-site installing your fence. You can ask for a copy at any time and we’ll be glad to provide it to you.
Those are just three tips that answer some of the most-asked questions we get from customers looking for a reliable Beverly Hills fence company. If you have any other questions, feel free to contact us directly at 313-381-8530 and we’ll make sure you get all the answer you are looking for before so you can feel confident you’re getting the highest quality product and the best service available from any fence company in the area.

West Bloomfield Fence Company

West Bloomfield Fence Company

An Elegant Vinyl Fence Serves as a Great Frame for Your Home.

Deep down inside each one of us, we know that each and every company is a little bit different from the next. Even McDonald’s, which strives to create uniformity between its franchises, will provide a slightly different experience from one location to the next. As can be expected, this type of variance is also seen in the quality of work done by one West Bloomfield fence company when compared with another.

Since we all know this basic truth the question then arises as to what should be done in order to separate the wheat from the chaff in order to choose the right West Bloomfield fence company. Ideally, we’d all like to be working with the one contractor in town that will install a great looking fence made from high-quality materials in a timely manner all the while presenting a level of professionalism which keeps one’s neighbors from being offended. My guess is that you’re here reading this article because these are the very type of things that you’re concerned about and are doing your homework so that, to put it frankly, you don’t get caught with your pants down. If you can identify with that statement, read these Top-3 tips for getting the fence of your dreams installed properly the first time.

Interview Multiple Companies – I’ll be the first one to say that I’m hoping that after you read this article you’ll look at the top of this page, pick up the phone, and call my office to set up and appointment for my team to give you an estimate. That being said, I do recommend that you call more than one West Bloomfield fence company for quotes. Two is good – three would be better. It’s true that you can get great quality work done at a great price since that’s the level of service I push my team to bring to each and every job site. However, I’ve heard more stories of things going wrong when a homeowner failed to get multiple quotes than tales of everything going peachy, so it’s usually a best practice to plan on getting a few quotes.

As for References – my company, Veterans Fence, was started almost 50 years ago by my father. That’s a long time and that’s a lot of fencing to put into the ground. I make it a point to provide every customer with references or testimonials on demand. There is no reason why a company that has been in business for any descent length of time (5+ years) should not be able to provide high quality references with phone numbers for you to call. If the company is too new to be able to provide references, don’t do business with them. Someone will hire them, I assure you of that, but a young company is still learning the ins-and-outs of bringing a high level of service to job site you don’t need to be their guinea pig that provides them with the “failure experiences” they need to grow from being a new company to an established one. An older West Bloomfield fence company that is unable or unwilling to provide references should be eliminated from consideration because it comes across as shady. Installing fence is not like providing security for CIA headquarters and there’s no need to secretive about what we do unless there are a lot of skeletons in the closest that would be best left hidden from sight.

Cedar Semi-Privacy Fence

Cedar? Vinyl? Wrought Iron? Try to agree on these details before someone shows up at your home.

Do Some Planning in Advance – while it is the job of the West Bloomfield fence company sales rep who visits your property to give you a quote on installing your new fence to provide materials and guidance on what type of fence to get, the initial meeting is not the time discover that one spouse is interested in a white vinyl setup while the other has been imagining the grounds wrapped in and elegant cedar privacy configuration. Have at least a basic chat a couple of days before with all parties who have a say in what type of fence will be eventually decided upon sitting in attendance. I’ve seen verbal disputes erupt between spouses that led me to believe that the color choice of the fence was going to be the final straw that pushed the couple into divorce court. I can’t speak for everyone in the fencing business, but I know more than one owner (myself included) who could be considered “relationally challenged” to one degree or another. We’re holding down things on the home-front with our teeth while at the same time guiding a ship that is known as “business” through rough economic waters and trying to help others improve their communication skills in the environment of selecting the right fence is not an activity we are qualified to perform. Getting on the same page where expectations are concerned a few days in advance can pretty much preclude this from happening.

These thee suggestions will go a long way in helping you pick out the best West Bloomfield fence company out of the crowd of choices all vying for your business. Again, I’d like to throw my hat in the ring and say that I’m itching for a chance to earn your business as well. Give me a call at 313-381-8530 and I’ll come out to your home, provide you with the rest of the information you need to make the best decision in regards to selecting your new fence, and will provide you with the best possible price bar none.

Brian Teets

- Veterans Fence, Owner

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"Veterans fence solved all my safety issues. I live on a busy street and my kids would always find a way near the street. I called Veterans Fence Company so that I could get a proper fence installed. They had my job completed in a few days. With other Plymouth homes that end up gettting new fencing installed, it seems like it can take forever. The team at Veterans was fast, professional and economical. Now I can let my kids play in our backyard and not have to worry." Brian Kurtz