Berkley Fence Company
So this is it. The time has come to put in a new fence. Perhaps the old one allowed a beloved pet escape and meet a painful death under the wheels of a neighbor’s SUV. Perhaps one of your children was climbing the fence and got hooked on an old, rusty bit of wire mesh. Or perhaps the old fence just isn’t looking very nice anymore and you’ve come to realize that it’s detracting from the otherwise exceptional appearance of your yard. Whatever the case may be, you know it’s time to get a new fence and that means finding a good Berkley fence company.
Now that your journey has begun, however, you’ve probably already discovered the fact that you know very little about having a fence installed. Considering the fact that very few of us will ever purchase a fence for a home we are living at more than three times over the course of our life, your lack of familiarity with the fence-buying process is hardly out of the norm. Here are a few things that you should be thinking about when you interview the various Berkley fence companies when it comes time to discuss your options and get price quotes.
1. Remember to Check References – there’s a famous saying that it’s not what you say about yourself that matters, but what others say about you. This applies double to the residential and commercial fence industry. My company, Veterans Fence, has been in business since my father founded the business over 40 years ago and in that span of time I’ve been called in more than once to tear out a fence that was put in the ground a few weeks prior because the quality of work was so poor that it simply was unacceptable. So get some references from any Berkley fence company you might interview. It’s best to ask for them right over the phone when you call and request a company representative to stop by your home and give you quote on your particular installation job. They should have plenty of references and testimonials on hand from satisfied customers who would be willing to vouch for them. If they cannot provide such references, then don’t do business with them. It’s the #1 red flag and shouldn’t be disregarded.
2. Talk About Your Goals In Advance – because almost everyone puts off buying a new fence for years before they decide it’s something that has been on the back burner for far too long, a lot of time passes in which different members of a household can develop a different vision in their minds eye of what the yard should look like once the fence is installed. Strangely enough, while we KNOW that we are not mind readers, we all follow the predictable psychological pattern of assuming that others close to us think the same way we do. I can’t count the number of times I’ve arrived at a home to provide a price quote only to find that once we start at the beginning, the selection of what type of fence is desired, both spouses discover that one was hoping for a white vinyl fence and the other had envisioned a cedar privacy fence. These types of things really need to be hashed out before the sale representative arrives. A good Berkley fence company rep can tell you about the features and benefits of different fence types, but they can’t really help you decide what you want in a fence, so get that squared away early on.
3. The First Impression is the Only Impression – there are a lot of people trying to “get into” the fence business today because they think its as simple as digging a few holes, putting in a post with some cement, and then stretching fence across it. This over-simplistic idea of how this business is run means that young, unshaven guys who have shunned a college education in lieu of sitting at home playing Modern Warfare 3 on their Xbox see the fence business as the “magic bullet” that will meet their suddenly-large financial obligations once mom has kicked them out of the house for not showing for 4 weeks in a row. That being said, if someone doesn’t care about their appearance, you can rest assured they care even less about how your home looks. A good Berkley fence company knows that the first impression is the only impression and will take steps to ensure that everyone carries themselves in a professional manner, even though the entire fence industry is all about digging holes in the dirt. Beware the strange looking sale representative. If the sales team is unkempt in their ways then the installation crew will be as well.
While it’s true that there are a number of other minor factors which can set on Berkley fence company apart from another, these three factors will have the biggest impact on whether or not your overall experience in having a new fence installed goes well or turns into one of those extended nightmares we are all familiar with. I do everything I can to measure up to a standard of excellence in my own life and I push every member of my team to think and act in the same manner. Give us a call at 313-381-8530 and have us come out to give you a quote. Once your fence is finished, I’m sure you’ll agree that you’re glad you did.
– Veterans Fence, Owner