Fencing feature: Finding the right fencer

Installing or repairing fences, whether around the home, lifestyle block, subdivision, or the farm is an investment, so it's essential to find the right fencing contractor for the job


A good fence should last 30-plus years and can add considerable value to your property and safeguard for stock management. Making sure you have the right fencing contractor for the job can be the difference between a long-standing, purpose-built fence that stands the test of time or a job that needs remedial work within a few years.

Where to start

When choosing a quality fencing contractor, you should look for a professional whose workmanship is based on long-established industry best practices. They will have the right tools for the job – investing in machinery, plant and tools to carry out the work in a timely efficient manner. Additionally, they will have the expertise and supplier contacts to select the correct materials for the project.

Many fencing contractors offer a huge diversity of services from rural and farm fencing through to residential, security, civil, and roading works. Some construct retaining walls, viticulture and horticultural structures, orchard developments – the list goes on.

Phil Cornelius, owner of CPC Fencing and president of Fencing Contractors NZ (FCNZ), the industry body for fencing contractors, points out that the most important factor to consider is whether the fencing contractor has both the skills and experience to do the job correctly.

Engaging a contractor you have used before or who has done a great job for a colleague can be a good option. Alternatively, the directory on the Fencing Contractors NZ website provides an excellent list of fencing contractors who work around the country. Randomly selecting a fencing contractor from an internet search carries considerably more risk.

The directory on the Fencing Contractors NZ website provides an excellent list of fencing contractors working around the country

What to look for

There are many aspects to consider when choosing a fencing contractor. Be cautious of being tempted by the cheapest price or who’s available immediately to carry out your work.

“Skilled fencers are in demand, and the fencing industry is experiencing growth like it hasn’t seen in some time. Always look for a fencing contractor who has a proven work record. If you don’t know them, ask to speak with some of their previous customers. Choosing the right fencing contractor for the job isn’t just about price.” Phil says.

As well as price, here are the top things to look for when considering a fencing contractor:

  • Experience: a proven work record in the type of fencing required for the job
  • References: a willingness to put you in touch with previous customers for references
  • Availability: there will be a wait for most quality fencing contractors
  • Longevity: the business has been around for a few years
  • Tools of Trade: they have the right tools for the job
  • Credibility: a written quote or estimate is provided with terms and conditions outlined

FCNZ has registered fencing contractors who have undergone an assessment as to their skill levels, business record, health and safety compliance, and the training that they offer within their business to their workers. This helps with client reassurance.

Plan ahead

Try to book a fencing contractor in advance, as many are booked up months ahead. In the current market, fencing supplies, such as building supplies, can be hard to come by. Booking in advance will also allow time for the materials to arrive.

Fencing Contractors NZ

Established in 2006, Fencing Contractors NZ aims to raise the profile and standards of the fencing industry, grow the market for fencing contractors and others associated with the industry, and ensure Fencing Contractors NZ is the first port of call for those seeking a fencing contractor.

FCNZ keeps members in touch with the latest fencing products, technical information, trends, and developments, including access to best practice guidelines, templates, and codes of practice. 

In addition, the association hosts a variety of informative and networking events throughout the year, including an annual conference and Fencing Best Practice Days throughout the country, which provide information on new fencing techniques, health and safety, product feedback, pricing, and technical information.

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