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How to Save on Fence Installation Costs

When you decide you want to install a fence, there are a number of cost factors you first need to consider. Once you asses these factors, you can be able to determine what type of fence to erect based on your budget. 

To help cut down on your fence installation costs, contact our team of experts at The Fence 4 Rent. We can provide you with an estimate on how much it would cost you to install the fence of your choice. We can also make recommendations if you are working with a small budget.

Fence Installation Cost Factors to Consider

  • Materials – you can choose to purchase the fence materials yourself or we can include this cost in your estimate. Some fence materials are more expensive than others. So what you can afford depends on your budget.
  • Permits – according to the San Jose fence installation requirements, you don’t need a permit to construct a fence that is less than 7 feet high. However, if it is higher than 7 feet, a permit is required. You also need to get a permit to construct a pool fence.
  • Labor – we include the labor costs in your estimate.
  • Utilities – you first need to determine if there are any underground wires and pipes before you build your fence. To make this determination, you need to get a utility locator and that costs money.
  • Type of fencing – some fence types have higher installations costs compared to others. For example, the cost of installing a glass fence is considerably higher than the cost of installing a vinyl fence.

Other factors you need to consider include the height of the fence and the size of the area to be fenced.

Essentially, these goes to show that whether you want to install a small or large-sized fence, don’t underestimate the overall cost of the installation. Many homeowners end up going over their budget because of the hidden costs that come with fence installation.

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Factors that may increase your fence installation costs

Soil Type

Many people never consider the soil type in their yard when there are thinking about installing a fence. But believe it or not, the type of soil in your yard can affect your fence installation costs. 

Hard soil, for example, can make installation difficult and challenging. Because of the nature of the soil, the contractor may require more time and advanced machinery to dig out the post holes. 

However, if you are dealing with soft soil, the digging process may take a short time. The only problem with soft soil is that the contractor will need to dig deeper than they would with hard soil and even use more concrete. And this is likely to increase the labor costs. 

If there are large rocks in your yard that need to be removed, this will also increase your labor costs. 

For these reasons, ensure you put aside some extra money to cover any hidden costs. Consider hiring a soil expert to assess the soil in your yard. Then you can use this information to determine just how much you are looking at in terms of cost and time. 

Gradient and Fence depth

If you have a hilly yard and you intend to install a fence, this means that your installation costs are likely to go up. The is because it is more challenging to install a fence on a ground that has a large slope compared to one that has a little slope. The contractor will need to put in more work to ensure that the fence is properly installed. This means more time and higher costs in terms of labor. 

Maintenance costs

When you decide that you want to put up a fence, make sure to factor in the maintenance costs. This is because the maintenance cost of some type of fences is considerably higher than for others. For example, the cost of maintenance of a vinyl fence is lower than that of a wooden fence. This is because wooden fences are more susceptible to damage than vinyl fences. 

How you can cut down on your fence installation costs

What can you do to reduce the cost of installing your fence?

  • Consider the fence material. If you are on a tight budget, you may want to go with vinyl or wood because they are much cheaper than wrought iron and aluminum.

  • Keep the fence height at less than 6 feet because the higher the fence, the more you’ll end up paying for installation. Unless there is a good reason to put up a high fence, try to keep under 6 feet.

  • Get a contractor whose rates are reasonable. Some contractors charge higher rates than others yet the quality of work may not be exceptional. Therefore, do your research and get multiple quotes from different fence contractors before settling on a contractor.

You don’t have to part with a considerable amount money to get a decent fence installed on your property. Give us a call or visit our offices in any of our branches and we can help you choose a fence that will meet your needs and is within your budget.