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There are a lot of builders there, however how to choose the right one?

In this article, we wish to talk about the most regular questions asked by prospective consumers that often cause conflict between a consumer and a professional.

I. Expense of work:
Really typically one may come across clients' problems about the total cost for the repair work that appears to be pretty higher than originally anticipated. Let us clarify this. We require to say that we would disregard the scenario (that regrettably occurs) when chasing after client, the professional purposefully provides ignored numbers and when the customer is on the hook anything can be done.

Let us view the standard scenario. You decided to do fix, choose numerous businesses, and inquire to prepare a cost price quote. Instantly many concerns occur e.g. "Is it possible to prepare a cost price quote accurate to a gulden?" In general, it is possible. For this, you would need a comprehensive design with the drawings, specs, list of materials, and so on. It would take numerous months and more to do this sort of expense quote and 2-3% of costs would be designated for contingencies.

Let us be reasonable. Over eight years of experience in handling the business, we had an opportunity to deal with such jobs several times. In the very best case, the style ends up at the stage of basic illustrations with additional stage-by-stage delivery of in-depth drawings.

In some cases we receive basic investments, rough style lays out, etc. However, the most regular scenario is as follows: absolutely nothing is offered or "please do for me what you see in this publication". Can you define what exactly you desire? Who understands? Can you propose something as a professional? Over several minutes of discussion with you the estimator needs to guess what your taste is and propose to you some options in addition to make your dreams, desires, unclear lays out and all that you believed throughout long evenings come to life in the form of concrete numbers. Actually cost price quote is the plan for the repair work of your apartment or condo with connectivity to concrete materials (for example in the bedroom painted wallpaper and in the children's space plain wallpaper will be used) with showing average prices for them.

In our opinion to make this expense quote maximum near-real cost you would need to do the following:
Work with the designers as possible. The costs you incur for the design work will be generously repaid. The cost of redesign on paper is not so high.

2). While preparing a cost price quote it is required to make a list of work and make some decisions (e.g. here laminate and their glaze-tile will be set up etc). It is also necessary to discuss what quality and cost of materials will be used in the expense quote.

3). A client ought to make sure that it is difficult to imagine everything in this document.

Even for the detailed cost estimate, a customer should envision a reserve of a minimum of 0-15%. The higher amount and range of work as well as material prices, the higher cost of work.

II. Terms.
Undoubtedly any repair relates to inconvenience and any client would wish to finish it as soon as possible. Let us not become heroes of popular TV shows that describe how brave contractors over one day glue the wallpaper, put the glazed tiles, install the wiring, and even eventually clean everything with the vacuum cleaner.

One should realize that there are some activities that can not be done in rush. Violation of the technology and required terms will lead to additional customer costs.

III. Quality of work.
To a great extent, the quality of work depends on the quality of materials. We all want to save money but you should avoid the absurd situations when you assign work with high-cost materials to people earning pences.

IV. "If I pay, do what I want"
Without special measures, one can not make aperture work or remove a load-bearing wall no matter whether someone wants it. A good professional who values his work would explain why your desires sometimes can not be satisfied and would rather refuse to do the job than do something wrong.

Hope that this short article will help you to discover an excellent professional.
In all your endeavors follow the slogan: Delegate your work to professionals.

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Is Your Property Secure

file13When we think of security, we immediately think of our homes and family. Our commercial property is so low down on the list that we might as well name it file 13.

Yet our livelihoods, and well-being, depend on our businesses. Securing your business premises with a good, solid, high quality perimeter wall or fence should be a priority.

There are many beautiful designs to choose from, which are aesthetically pleasing, and enhance the value of your property, while at the same time being a huge added benefit to the security you have in place.

A place of business has far more potential for security breaches, due to the fact that there are far more people, customers and deliveries than at a private home.

It is also good to know your area, and to know the potential threats in that area. Good, quality Walling or fencing and steel gates are a must have in today’s crime-ridden era.

staff workingIt is always better to be safe…than sorry.

Make sure that your perimeter fencing is of a high quality, and has whatever added security you need, to keep your employees, customers, and business safe at all times. Add electric fencing or razor wire to give added protection, and make your property unattractive to would-be criminals.

Make absolutely sure you have the best professional service available, with the highest standards applied to their products and installation, do not use a substandard contractor, who may use materials that are below par, thus leaving your property vulnerable to intruders.

Please feel free to contact us at Country Wide Walling today, to discuss your requirements, or for a free quotation.

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Protect Your Fence from Rot

stainsIf you are in an area where the crime rate is not high, and choose to install a wooden fence, there are things you need to do to protect the fence from rot, thus prolonging its life.

Your first priority would be to choose wood that can withstand rot better, and to use a good stain to aid in protecting the wood. Wooden posts that are planted in the ground need to be properly sealed, preferably using pressure treatments, which force chemicals into the wood for added protection.

Make doubly sure that you are buying the correct wood by checking the label on the wood, which should state that it is pressure treated.

It is recommended to stain the wood once a year to keep it protected.
Wooden fencing requires regular cleaning to remove any dirt, leaves or debris that can cause mildew and subsequently rot to form.

There are many different types of wood that can be used, but it is always best to avoid weaker woods such as pine, which is not as resistant to rot, as it will not last, and will therefore need to be replaced. Avoid extra costs by picking a longer lasting wood, such as Cedar, Cypress or Oak as these are harder woods, and more able to withstand the elements, and are far more rot resistant.

Fence stainingThe better you care for your wood, the longer it will last, so it is well worth the time and effort to keep it clean and properly sealed.

In very hot and dry areas, you should keep a good check on your fence to see if it is being affected by dry rot.

Whether dry or wet rot attacks your fence, the best remedy is to replace those sections as soon as possible to avoid the rot from spreading. Dry rot causes flaking and warping, as all the oils are burnt out of the wood by excessive sun, so you need to stain the wood at least once a year.

Wet rot is caused by excessive moisture, and if you live in a high rainfall area, you need to check regularly, and remove any rotting to prevent it spreading and destroying your fence.

Always keep in mind that if your fence is badly affected and needs to be replaced continually, it might be a much better option to erect a concrete wall or fence, as the maintenance is practically non-existent.

Concrete walls and fences can be stained to whichever colour you want during the manufacturing process, and will stay beautiful for many years.

Contact us at Country Wide Walling should you require more information on concrete walls and fences, repairs or the raising of your boundary wall, or if you would like a free quotation.

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A Criminal’s Tips

There are things a criminal finds very off-putting when they are scouting for a house to break into.   We are all aware of the high crime rate in South Africa, so here are a few tips from a burglar to avoid making your house an easy target.

Make sure there are no thick shrubs or trees around your house, especially near windows or burglar proof your gardendoors.

Avoid privacy fences as they provide easy hiding places for criminals and they are safe from being detected by anyone passing by your house.

Make sure you have good exterior lighting. A very good option is a motion sensor floodlight, as it will immediately let you know that something is going on.

Keep your car in the garage, especially if it is a new or expensive model, and keep your garage locked.

It is a good idea to avoid exposing your assets inside the house through a window.  It is very easy for passers-by to see what you have, and is an open invitation to any would-be intruder.  Keep curtains or blinds closed.   

If you have purchased new items, don’t just discard the boxes and packaging on the pavement.  It is a dead give-away. 

Rip them up and conceal them to avoid advertising to passers-by.

Remember, no burglary is spur of the moment.  A criminal will case the neighbourhood and take note of the times when you leave and come home, how many residents there are, and whether there is anyone home at all times.

motion sensorsMake friends with your neighbours, and if any of your neighbours does not go out to work, it is a plus for you as it will make your house less of a risk for breaking into.

Do not leave things like ladders or wheelbarrows or any item which can be used to climb lying around.  You can be sure it will be welcomed by an intruder and make it easier for them to either get in, or to get out for a quick getaway.

A couple of dogs are a big bonus.  Even little yappers.  It is very off-putting trying to break in and a dog is barking consistently.   Little yappers are a very good addition to your security.

Don’t put up a specific security company sticker, as there are criminals who could know how to disable the security of a specific company.  Get a general generic sticker instead.

A good boundary fence with added protection like electric fence or razor wire or even a topping is your first line of defence.  Make sure you get your security as tight as possible and keep your home and family safe.

If you need fencing or walling, or would like a free quotation, please feel free to contact us today and speak to one of our highly professional consultants.

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Keeping it Clean and Tidy

newly paintedWe all know that a boundary wall is a necessity and no longer just an option as it was in the past.

Boundary walls are our first line of defence, therefore we need to ensure that that are always in pristine condition to ensure the best first line of defence in our security systems.

Take regular walks around your garden to inspect your walls to ensure that there are no cracks or damage to your walls.

There are tilow boundary wallmes when ground has sunk due to excessive rainfall, and this can cause the walls to sink and crack, therefore it is a very good idea to ensure that the foundation and footing of your wall is sufficient to withstand the harshest weather conditions.

Always ensure that there is no debris accumulating against your walls, as this can cause fungi to develop and spoil the beauty of your walls.

For security reasons, make sure that there are no bushes or trees growing near the walls to offer a hiding place to intruders.

Unless you have tinted walls, then you will need to repaint at least once a year to ensure that you retain the aesthetic beauty of your walling.

If your walls are a bit low, then raising them is an excellent decision to make, and we at Country Wide Walling are true experts in the task. If you need to discuss the raising of your walls to ensure you are making the right decision, then please feel free to contact us and discuss it with one of our highly trained consultants, or request a free quotation.

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Best Service Ever

We had our Concrete Palisade Fencing Erected by Country Wide Walling in July 2015. Although our fence was only 235m long, we were still treated as if we were one of their top clients. Service, efficiency and cleanliness were a priority for me, and Country Wide Walling delivered in all these aspects. If you want the best concrete palisade fencing company in the industry, then Country Wide Walling is the right fencing company for your walling projects.

Direct from factory
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Our own contractors
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Prompt services
Clean site on completion
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ADDRESS: 7th Street,
Witpoort Estate,
Brakpan, Plot 222,
East Rand, Gauteng,