Estimating The Cost Of A Privacy Fence

For homeowners, a privacy fence provides them with a more enjoyable property overall. It also allows them to relax more in their outdoor spaces. The following is a review of how to estimate the cost of a privacy fence for a residential home.

The Materials and Supplies

First, the owner must consider the cost of all materials and supplies. The type of fence they choose defines the initial cost. Wood fencing is the most economical and provides the best barrier against outsiders. They need to acquire the exact measurements for the fence to define the full cost per linear foot for this fence. Next, they must calculate the exact volume of nails, screw, and/or brackets that are required for their chosen privacy fence design.

Acquiring the Right Permit

The homeowner will need to acquire a building permit if they live inside the city limits. The requirements of the permit define the need for an inspection after the installation is performed. On average, the cost of a city-based building permit is around $800.

Services to Identify Utility Lines

The owner must hire a technician to evaluate the exterior of the property and define the exact location of all utility lines. If they don’t, they can face hefty fines along with the full cost of repairing these lines. They can contact their local utility companies to acquire this service. The rates vary according to what utility company performs the inspection.

The Cost of Labor

While homeowners can agree that installing their privacy fence themselves will save on the total cost, what they may not realize is the intensity of labor that will follow. Installing your own fence takes time, and time is money! On top of that, installing a privacy fence incorrectly if you are new to fencing DIY projects can mean paying for corrections later on. Having a contractor to help walk you through the total costs and material options, along with making the plans for implementation and then installing the fence correctly is usually worth the extra amount for service.