If someone asks you, “How much does it cost to buy a car, or to buy a house?”, your answer will most likely be, “It depends.” When you ask, “How much does it cost to build a fence?”, the answer may be the same. Once you know the basic steps involved, you can approximate how much each step will cost, and then you can determine your total cost. When you know your total cost, you can be comfortable moving forward in your decision to build your new fence.
Steps to Consider When Determining the Cost of Building Your New Fence
The most obvious factors that will affect the cost of your fence installation are (i) the size of your yard, pool or garden and (ii) the type of fence you’d like to install (wood, vinyl, chain link, aluminum, etc.). Once those 2 things are determined, there are some additional steps that will contribute to the cost:
Site Preparation. Does your yard require any preparation and/or excavation before you begin your installation? Do you have to remove an old fence or fence posts in order to start?
Permits. Does your city or county require a permit before you build your new fence? If you don’t obtain the necessary permit up front, you may have to pay a hefty fine afterward.
Height of fence. Does your city or county or even your HOA (homeowner’s association, if applicable) restrict the height of the fence you can install? Check for height restrictions before you begin installation, because the height of your fence will affect the price of your materials.
HOA approval. Does your HOA require approval before you build a fence? Other than time to fill out the paperwork, this step may not cost any actual money. But if you need to request HOA approval, it may cost you time.
Survey. You will need a survey to determine your property lines before beginning your fence installation. You may be able to locate your survey from your home closing paperwork, but if your survey is unavailable, you will have to pay to have a new survey drawn.
Utility lines. Do you know where your utility lines (cable, water, etc.) are located? Your city may assist you with this free of charge, but this step may cost you some time.
Gates, hardware. If your fence plans include elaborate gates and hardware, this will add to your overall cost.
Maintenance. Different types of fences require more or less maintenance than others. Wood fences require painting and/or staining, however vinyl fences may only require occasional cleaning.
Repairs. Consider any potential repairs down the road that may be necessary due to storms, fallen trees, etc.
Financing. How will you pay for your new fence? Will you pay in full upon installation, or do you intend to shop for fence financing? Don’t let funds (or lack thereof!) stop you from starting your fence project. Work with a fence company that partners with preferred lenders.
Which Fence Installation Company Should You Choose?
When shopping for a local fence company that can help you determine the cost of building your new fence, consider Superior Fence & Rail. We have over 20 years of fence installation experience, and we install over two million feet of fence each year at our 18 locations in 7 states. With over 4,000 5 Star reviews and a 94% satisfaction rating, we have the highest customer satisfaction rating of any fence company in the country! During this time of Covid-19, we offer NO CONTACT estimation and installation. Let us help you figure out how much your new fence will cost. Visit us at www.Superior Fence & Rail.com and start your fence installation project today.
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