Guide to Buying a Fence

How to Hire a Fence Company

Buying a fence can be stressful. Not being educated about the ‘ins and outs’ of the fence buying and installation process can be overwhelming. We have created this guide to help you get started and to learn a little more about having a new fence installed. If you have a question you don’t see answered here or in our FAQ section, feel free to CONTACT US and we will be happy to answer any questions you have.

Some good questions to ask your potential fence company

Will they call the utility company to stake out buried lines?
A reputable fence company will call Service Alert USA to make sure all utility (gas, electric, water, etc.) lines are clear of your desired fence location. This is required by law.

Are fence companies responsible for sprinkler heads?
Homeowners are usually responsible for marking or pointing out sprinkler heads and underground sprinkler lines, this will help ensure there is no damage to your irrigation system. Check with your fence company to be sure.

What are the requirements if I own a swimming pool?
If you own a swimming pool, there are special legal requirements that you will need to be aware of. These rules are designed to protect small children and save lives. A great resource to find requirements for your area can be found on your city’s website in the permits and inspections area.

How deep do you set your posts?
Posts should be set 2+ feet deep. Fence posts should always be set in concrete. In certain cases, engineering may be required. Most areas only allow a 6 foot fence and may require a permit for a higher fence. For taller fences, the posts should be set deeper for stability.

How far apart are the posts set from each other?
Generally, posts are set 7’6” to 7’10” apart for wood and 8’ apart for iron.

Getting an Estimate
Invite fence contractors to look at the job and ask for an estimate in writing. In the quote also ask them to specify the time it will take to complete the job. Ask what their backlog looks like, and find out how soon can they start and how long will it take to complete. You will want to make sure all the contractors are quoting on the same specifications - linear feet, similar materials, posts, wood, gates, etc.

Execute a Contract
Execute a contract specifying the work to be done, total cost and payment schedule. Confirm that the contract includes all labor and material. If you live in a hard dig area, make sure any special costs for that are included in the contract. Lastly, be sure the contract specifies that the fence company is responsible for cleanup and the removal of your old fence.

Things to Look For in a Qualified Fence Company

There are some qualifications that can set a professional fence company apart.

Insurance: Be sure that the prospective fence company you are considering is fully insured, having both workers’ compensation and liability insurance. Your selected contractor should be able to provide you with a copy of his or her insurance policy.

Current Contractors License: Make sure your fence company has a current contractors license. Licenses can be verified through the California State License Board.


What Our Customers Say
Jody R
Thanks to you and the crew at Aguilar Fence for my new fence!! You were very professional and the crew did a great job. They were very courteous and the fence looks good!
Guy and Debbie K
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Russ H
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Adrian W
Good Morning, thanks for ALL your help and making the whole process a pleasant one due to all the communication to keep things flowing. Enjoyed the experience. I will be recommending you folks in the future. Keep up the good work.
Sara C
Thank you for getting our fence completed in one day. It worked out great. I didn’t want the fence down as the kids next door have little kids and I didn’t want an accident in our pool.
Shane P
Our fence looks amazing; they did a great job! Thank you!
Tina J
I’ve been meaning to email you all and let you know how thrilled we are with our fence and the amazing customer service you gave us. We would like to set up an estimate for the rest of our fence!
Geri B
I just wanted to let you know how happy I am with our new fence! The guys showed up on time and did an excellent job. Soo much so that I would like for you to send someone out to give us an estimate for the side fence! Please call me tomorrow. Thanks to all for the awesome job!
Arnold H
Your men just left and all I can say is GREAT JOB. Your men were very quiet and got the job done. I didn’t realize there were here. If you need a reference, I will gladly give one.
Michelle S
Just wanted to say thank you for helping me with my fence. It is beautiful and I am so happy with it! The guys did a great job and I was really impressed. I will definitely be referring you to friends and family! Also, my neighbor will be calling you soon.
Pratap P.
We are so pleased the job done by your company that I feel compelled to write this note of appreciation. We live out of town and this was our daughters house. I just had a chance to see the work that was completed. I am very much impressed with the quality and the workmanship. I am a licensed Civil Engineer, Master's Degree in Engineering, specialized in Structural Engineering and know something about design and construction of wood, steel and concrete structures, including bridges, dams and buildings. So when I say impressed, it better be good. And I was! Your office managers Michelle and Stephanie were excellent in customer care, very efficient in communication, polite, pleasant, patient, responsive and prompt. Dmitriy who came out was very professional as well. He explained all steps. Your crew came as scheduled and finished the work in the day as promised. By the way, the gate latch is excellent. Our thanks to your A-team.
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