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Wooden Fence Checklist

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  1. Does the company custom build on-site or use pre-fab panels?
  2. Does the company use #1 grade Western Red Cedar or do they use #2, Chinese Cedar, White Cedar, Incense Cedar or "Western Cedar"?
  3. Does the company carry worker’s compensation and liability insurance? Ask to be named additional insured on the policy and get the certificate!
  4. Does the company provide references? Check them out!
  5. Does the company provide a warranty? Is it realistic? Get it in writing!
  6. Does the company guarantee the placement of the fence? Again, get it in writing!
  7. Does the company perform repairs?
  8. Does the company clean up the spoils from the holes?
  9. Does the company set all posts in concrete or crushed stone?
  10. Does the company have its own crews or do they use outside subcontractors?
  11. Is the company a member of the American Fence Association?
  12. Is the company a member of the Better Business Bureau?
  13. Is the fence constructed using aluminum nails and full 2" x 4" rails? Watch out for 2" x 3" framing!
  14. Will the company take maximum care for your yard, driveway, sidewalks, and landscaping?
  15. Will the company show up on time, stay on the job until completion, do their work right, and clean up when they are done?
  16. Does the company do work for high-end landscape architects, designers, and homebuilders?