Four Steps To Estimating The Cost Of A New Privacy Fence

Privacy fencing for homeowners is definitely a great option, especially if you prefer privacy, have children, or have pets. However, many homeowners worry about the cost of privacy fencing. Since more material needs to be used for this type of fencing, the cost is generally higher. Luckily, it's fairly easy to estimate the cost of privacy fencing to help you cut where you need to and receive a privacy fence that works for you financially and personally. Here are four steps to estimating the cost.

  1. Determine Land Area: If you don't already have a fence in place, you are going to have to determine what your land area is. The fence won't be able to extend out from here because it could lead to issues in the future with anyone who owns the land around you. In the end, this is going to help you estimate just how much fencing material is going to be needed to surround your land. 
  2. Determine Materials: Privacy fencing can be made of many different types of material. The material that you use is going to make up the bulk of the fencing price, so you want to cut to cheaper options if you need to. Wood and vinyl are the most popular choices for privacy fencing, although you could also use chain link fencing, which is more affordable than both. You will just want to make it taller than a standard chain link fence and add the privacy inserts. 
  3. Determine Labor Costs: You might be able to DIY the fencing installation, but it is highly recommended to have professionals do it. If you want to cut down on costs, though, you can at least have the professionals install the posts, which will make up the border and then you can install the rest of the fencing from there, which is the easier part of the job. 
  4. Determine Other Factors: If you live in an HOA, you just need to be sure that the fencing you choose meets their standards. Otherwise, if you install without first checking with the HOA, they might ask for you to remove and replace it with a different material and length, which can end up costing you much more. If the fence is going to be shared with neighbors, you should also talk to them about splitting the cost possibly to make the cost even better for you. 

With these four steps for estimating costs, you can easily be sure that you save as much as you need to when installing a new privacy fence. 

For professional fencing estimates, contact a local fencing company.