Hurricane Dorian and Fences

Hurricane Dorian is heading for Orlando. Get prepared. This Storm is going to be nasty. Protect your fence with simple steps and get register for the pre-hurricane estimate list. Read how to protect that fence and what to do after the storm if you live in Central Florida or Oviedo.

Hurricane Fence Preparedness Central Florida

Well, Central Florida, a Hurricane Dorian is barreling for the heart of Orlando.  Now is the time to stop what you are doing and prepare.  If you never been through a hurricane, we recommend you review the hurricane preparedness guide on News 96.5 WDBO.

We at Custom Fence Orlando encourage you to prepare, stay safe, and do not forget about your fence.   We spoke with, Kip, the owner of Paramount Fencing and Co-Host of the Florida Home and Garden Radio Show on News 96.5 FM and he said,  “We have moved to threat level “Red”.  So now is the time to prepare your fence”.  He followed up with five things that will possibly save that fence, money, and your life as a storm approaches. They are listed below:

1. If you have a pool, purchase an orange safety barrier fence from the home improvement store prior to the storm. It is impossible to find after a storm. You need to be able to secure your liabilities.

2. If you have a wood gate, take a small piece of 2″ x 4″ and screw it with 3″ screws to both the gate and hinges post, at the top, at the bottom. If possible, open the gate fully and screw it to the fence structure itself.

3. If you have an Aluminum gate, just bungee cord it.

4. If you have a vinyl gate, take it off at the hinges and put it in your garage. Check all post caps. If they’re not glued down remove them and store indoors.

5. Regardless of what type of fence you have, go to the home improvement store and buy several ninety-degree angle brackets. Secure the last component of the fence, runner or post, to the house together. It could be the difference between your insurance viewing that fence as a structure of the house or a detached structure.

He further added.  Now is the time to think about the aftermath.   Dorian is likely to hit the Central Florida area as a Category 2 with winds between 90 and 110 MPH.  So it does not matter if you live in Orlando or Oviedo,  Winter Springs or Winter Park, or Orange County or Seminole County,  fences are going to come down.  Fence professionals will be in high demand.  Now is the time to get on a pre-hurricane list.  Otherwise, you will experience longer than normal wait times and have to settle for two guys in a truck.

Below is Paramount Fencing’s Pre Hurricane Estimate Request.

Register For The Pre-Hurricane Estimate List Today

Contractors Beware: A New Fence Scam is on the Market!

In the past several months, fence companies throughout Florida have received emails and text messages requesting estimates for an individual who is sick and preparing to move into a home that they just purchased.  The names, emails, phone numbers, and home location are always different, but the “buyer” take the same approach each time.   Here are the basics:

A potential customer contacts a fence company via text message or email. The individual wants to know if the company call install their fence, and if they accept credit card payments. The requirements are very specific and often complicated.  The potential customer cannot meet in person for an estimate, and claims to be in the hospital with some sort of critical illness.  All they need is a fence for a home they just purchased or are in the process of purchasing. If pressed for further proof of ownership, the potential customer reminds the fence company that they are in the hospital and do not have access to their closing documents.

The potential customer will ask the contractor for a bill including all taxes and fees, and then have a strange request- they insist on over paying in case of any obstacles, and as a “convenience fee” (usually about 10%) for trusting and helping them. They insist on paying via credit card before the work has been completed, or even started. They claim that the fence needs to be installed ASAP.

When that fence company runs the credit card and then provides the potential customer with the actual cost, the customer asks for the overpayment to be returned to them via cash or check. If the fence company did not catch on to the scam in the beginning, they most likely committed credit card fraud, as the potential customer is most likely using a stolen credit card. When the owner of the credit card notices the charge and files a dispute, it comes back to the fence company, and that “potential customer” is already long gone.

Contractors and small businesses beware, this scam could have a very negative impact on your business should you fell for it. Don’t forget, if something feels too good to be true, it is. If something doesn’t feel right, turn the project down and do not get involved. The customer is not always right.