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How to Expedite your Fence Repair Estimate

This post was originally written as Hurricane Sandy was approaching our area in Somerset, NJ, but the information is really useful for any major storm.  Bad hurricanes and superstorms seem to be much more common nowadays. Here are some useful tips on how to expedite your fence repair estimate, so that you can get your fence fixed as soon as possible. 

As of the time of this posting, the worst of Hurricane Sandy has not even hit our area, yet many are already feeling it’s effects with the loss of power and damaged fences.  Since Hurricane Sandy is a record breaking storm with heavy rain and severe wind, their will most likely be widespread power outages and fence damage, from fallen trees.

Power companies, contractors, and insurance companies are going to be swamped, so here is a list of things to help you get the ball rolling on your fence repair as soon as possible.

Take Pictures

If a tree has fallen on your fence, the weight of it can do more damage over time, or block some of the damage, therefore an exact estimate cannot always be given without seeing the fence in person.

But many times, an estimate or a worst case scenario estimate can be given by emailing pictures of the fence damage.

Fallen trees can be dangerous.  Do not try to climb on the tree to get a better picture.  Do not put yourself in danger to get a good picture.  Stand back and use your zoom if needed.

Here are the pictures you need:

  • a picture of the entire damaged area – far back so you can see extent of the damage.  A picture from both sides would be helpful, especially if you have a wood fence.
  • a closer up picture of the actual damage
  • a close up picture of a good section of fence

Email us the pictures and any other additional information that you have about the fence, like:

  • height of the fence
  • other specifications
  • the manufacturer of the fence if you know it

The sooner you email us the pictures and information, the sooner you can get an estimate, the higher you are on the list, and the sooner you will get your repair done.

Home owners Insurance and Fence Repair:

Remember, it might not be possible for a complete estimate without seeing the fence damage in person, however Tru-Fence can give you a worst scenario estimate, so that you can start submitting a claim to your insurance company.  Of course, if your fence damage ends up being less than the worst case scenario estimage, Tru-Fence, would charge you the lesser amount.

If a tree has fallen on your fence, Tru-Fence can help you make calls to reliable tree removal services.

Insurance companies vary:

  • some insurance companies will send you your checks right away, some make you wait several weeks. In a situation like this, where there is widespread damage across the whole state, insurance companies are going to be backed up, so it will most likely take longer than usual.
  • home owner’s insurance companies vary. Some companies go through the owner of the tree that fell, and some go through the owner of the fence.
  • take pictures for insurance anyway they may or may not send someone out to look at your fence
  • it’s likely that you will have to get more than 1 estimate for your insurance company (sometimes this can be tough, because not all fence guys do repairs) every insurance company is different.  If you do need another estimate, we have good relationships with other reliable fence companies that may be able to provide you an estimate

Thanks for the image Fence Specialists

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