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How Much Does a Fence Cost?

 
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The size, style and cost of a fence can vary significantly depending on why and where it's needed.

Typical costs:

  • A woven wire fence (a wire net of vertical and horizontal wires) to keep pets or livestock in and/or wildlife out typically costs $0.40-$1.50 a foot for do-it-yourself materials, or $350-$1,300 to enclose a square acre. With professional installation costs are typically $1.50-$4 or more a foot or $1,300-$3,400 for an acre.
  • A five-strand nonelectric woven wire fence to control livestock can cost $0.25-$1.50 a foot for do-it-yourself installation, or $225-$1,300 to enclose a simple square acre (about 830'). With professional installation it can cost $0.50-$4 a foot, depending on materials and terrain, or $450-$3,500 to enclose a square acre. Do-it-yourself installation of a high tensile electric fence to control livestock or wildlife costs about $0.05-$0.75 a foot, or $50-$650 to enclose a square acre. With professional installation costs can be $0.20-$3 a foot, or $200-$2,500 to enclose an acre.
  • Chain-link fence prices fluctuate with the cost of steel, but an average residential chain link fence with do-it-yourself installation typically costs $3-$6 a linear foot for 4' high and $8-$15 a foot for 6' high; with a gate or other options DIY materials can be $400-$2,000 for a 100' fence. With professional installation it can cost $5-$35 a foot or $600-$4,000 for 100' of fencing.
  • The cost for a wooden fence can vary from $3 -$9 a foot for do-it-yourself installation of a ranch-style rail fence, to $10 -$30 or more a foot for professional installation of a basic 6' wood privacy fence. For details, see How Much Does a Wood Fence Cost.
  • Vinyl fence prices can vary from $4-$12 a foot for do-it-yourself materials for a ranch-style rail fence, to $15-$70 a foot for a 6' privacy fence. For details, see How Much Does a Vinyl Fence Cost.
  • Materials for a wrought iron-style fence made of steel or aluminum can cost $20-$100 or more a linear foot; a DIY 100' fence with a basic walk-in gate can cost $2,500-$11,000 or more. With professional installation it can cost $30-$300 or more per foot, or $3,500-$35,000 for a 100' fence with a walk-through gate and other options.
Related articles: Wood Fence, Privacy Fence, Chain-Link Fence, Picket Fence, Vinyl Fence, Wrought Iron Fence

What should be included:
  • Installation is typically done in two stages. After obstructions are cleared, the post holes are dug and the posts installed in concrete or gravel. A day or two later (if the concrete needs to harden), the fencing is attached to the posts and any gates are installed.
  • HGTV.com describes different types of fencing and ThisOldHouse.com lists fence-building basics[1] .
  • Before installing any type of fence, call 811[2] to have utility companies mark any underground utility lines; or contact local utility companies directly. Also check local zoning, building and neighborhood codes; many dictate the height and type of fencing allowed, and property line set-backs required.
Additional costs:
  • Factors that affect the total cost include steep slopes, unusual obstructions or difficult access, or adding decorative ornamentation or additional gates. If the fence encloses a driveway, a simple driveway gate can add $100-$500 or more to the total cost, and an ornamental driveway gate can cost $1,400-$9,000, depending on whether it's manual or automatic.
  • For do-it-yourselfers digging fence post holes, a manual post hole digger or auger typically costs $15-$110; buying a small power auger can cost $60-$600 or more depending on size and model; and a one-day rental of a powered post hole auger can cost $50-$95, depending on location and type of auger.
  • For do-it-yourselfers driving posts or stakes into the ground for a metal fence, a manual post driver typically costs $20-$50, and can be rented for $10-$20 a day. A powered post driver starts around $60-$150 for small, lightweight models but more typically costs $1,000-$3,000 or more, and can be rented for about $50-$60 a day, depending on location and model.
Shopping for a fence:
  • Determine the length of fence needed and look for examples of the style desired. The American Fence Association has a photo gallery[3] of different types of fences.
  • Fencing materials are available from most home improvement centers like Home Depot or Lowe's[4] , or online retailers like Amazon[5] .
  • Find local contractors through the American Fence Association[6] , the Chain Link Fence Manufacturers Institute[7] or the National Ornamental & Miscellaneous Metals Association[8] .
  • Get several estimates; verify that the company is properly bonded and insured; ask for and check references; and search for any complaints with the Better Business Bureau[9] .
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Cedar 6' High Privacy Fence
Amount: $2,000.00
Posted by: Erin O. in Bettendorf, IA.Posted: October 24th, 2013 02:10PM
Number of Feet: 70Material: Cedar
Installer: Creative Deck and Fence
No gate. One side of backyard. About 70 feet long.
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Cost of pwer wash and staining 6' fence
Amount: $700.00
Posted by: Colton in Lubbock, TX.Posted: May 27th, 2013 02:05PM
Number of Feet: 150Material: wood
Installer: Covered R Fencing
assuming total square footage at 900 for a 6 foot high wood fence 150 foot long we are getting about $.50 a sq. foot to stain and a little more if it's weathered to clean it first.
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Cedar 6 ft privacy fence W/ 2 gates
Amount: $4,400.00
Posted by: Josh H in Newark, DE.Posted: July 23rd, 2011 05:07AM
Number of Feet: 210Material: Wood
Cedar 6ft dog ear fence with 2 4ft wide gates installed for $4400, seems to be pretty universal, i received A LOT of quotes
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cost of power wash and staining 6' fence ~ 150 linear ft
Amount: $800.00
Posted by: Siyer in austin, TX.Posted: April 21st, 2011 02:04PM
Number of Feet: 150Material:
Power wash the one shared fence on just our side and stain costs $800. Is this a fair price?
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Post and board Fence
Amount: $5,000.00
Posted by: Joanette in Elkton, MD.Posted: April 11th, 2011 07:04AM
Number of Feet: 1100Material: Post & 3 Board
About an acre fenced in with 3 10' gates
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Cost of removing and installing fence
Amount: $1,000.00
Posted by: fence builder in Atl in Atlanta, GA.Posted: April 2nd, 2011 12:04PM
Number of Feet: 34ln ftMaterial: 6 x 8 cedar fence
I don't know how anyone could buy all the materials, deliver them, dig the holes, make sure all panels are straight, install these panels on slopes with bushes to deal with and charge less than an average of $30/Lf. Who pays for the equipment and tools? The materials alone cost $10-$15/Lf. Plus you have to remove the old posts, and take them to the dump. I live in a city, there is no place to plump down these old posts with concrete all over them. Removing and installing a fence is hard work. Try to get legals to do this for $8-$10/ft. And do a good job.
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6'x8' fence in Decatur, Ga.
Amount: $92.00
Posted by: a user in Decatur, GA.Posted: April 2nd, 2011 12:04PM
Number of Feet: 32lfMaterial: stockade Pine/sealed
I got this great company Home Repair Time in Decatur, Ga. 404-982-0502 to replace my fence and posts. They dug out new holes, filled the holes with drainage rock, installed 2 bags of quikcrete per post. They had to take apart 2 panels because the lawn sloped. They graded the ground so it was a continuous slope, then installed the panels. This price included pick up and delivery, dump fee, and sealing. It looks very good, we are very pleased. I got one quote to remove and replace each post as $130.oo each, that would have been $650 just for the posts.
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Cost of installing fence
Amount: $1,000.00
Posted by: BlueFlag services in charlotte nc, NC.Posted: March 25th, 2011 12:03PM
Number of Feet: 100 ln ftMaterial: steel fence
In Charlotte, NC the price of installing fence has gone up. I am a local fence installer for 20 years and the best honest price you can find for installation only is an average of $7.00 ln ft for most types of yard fencing. You can get installed for less but these companies don't last long.
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@Opa Page in Corpus
Amount: $495.00
Posted by: Becky_JtX in Joshua, TX.Posted: March 23rd, 2011 12:03PM
Any additional information you can give would be greatly appreciated! (i.e. did you buy pre-built panels or build them yourself, metal or wood posts, etc) I was going to have a 6ft privacy put up but had an unexpected setback and need to be able to do it myself for cheap. Thanks!
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i think i was overcharged
Amount: $162,000.00
Posted by: Sir Richard Park in boise, ID.Posted: March 18th, 2011 09:03AM
Number of Feet: 1000Material: special Creminium
i had a fence installed on my farm, it was 1000 ln ft and 12 foot high, i was charged $100,000.00. the contractor said that my land had a special soil makup that needed these special poles that were made from a metal that wouldn't corode, the metal was called Creminium, he said that any other pole would rust out and i would be replacing the fence in a about 2 years, so i guess it is true so i had him do the job, was i taken or not?
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6 ft cedar fence
Amount: $495.00
Posted by: Opa Page in Corpus Christ, TX.Posted: March 12th, 2011 07:03AM
Number of Feet: 85Material: 6 ft privacy
I spent 2 days,1/2 of first day removing old fence rest of first day diging and setting posts. I was using son and son-in-law for labor, we put up cross rails(top,bottom) and rot board on very bottom, in morning and pickets in afternoon. We finished just in time for enchaladas. Common sense and good work ethic and it can be done cheaply. Saved over $1200.00
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6 Foot Steel Fence
Amount: $7,000.00
Posted by: Jose R. in Houston, TX.Posted: January 28th, 2011 06:01PM
Number of Feet: 100Material: Steel
I am a contractor. I just did an estimate. I was researching to see more or less what people are charging. 4"Sq. Post with 1"Sq Verticals. Has a 14ft Sliding Gate. Job includes gate open and installations. This job required pouring a concrete beam for the track to slide on. It has two rail on the fencing. One on top one on the bottom. The materials alone cost $3,500. I subcontracted the gate opener and installation of it for $1,500. It going to me and another guy take about 4-5 days. We will average about $25 bucks an hour.
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fence repair
Amount: $2,900.00
Posted by: alex handyman in Denver, CO.Posted: September 20th, 2010 09:09PM
Number of Feet: 145Material: Dog ear 6' x 6"
I remplaced all the fence and add 2 gates.
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Vinyl Fence in NJ
Amount: $9,000.00
Posted by: a user in Southern, NJ.Posted: August 5th, 2010 07:08AM
Number of Feet: 135x205 approxMaterial: tan vinyl
Tan virgin vinyl fence with one 5 ft gate and one 4 ft gate.
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8' Fence
Amount: $1,550.00
Posted by: JimBoy in Greenville, SC.Posted: July 24th, 2010 08:07AM
Number of Feet: 63Material: Shadowbox
I used 1x6x8 premium decking for the pickets. Pickets were spaced 3.5" on each side. 10' 4x4's in concrete 28" for posts. I did it myself. I hope I saved some $$$ because it was really HOT working in the July sun.
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Hawaii prices!!
Amount: $18,200.00
Posted by: a user in Honolulu, HI.Posted: July 15th, 2010 01:07PM
Number of Feet: 156Material: 1x8 Redwood
Just had an estimate of this amount for a basic fence 70' x 4 ft high and 86 x 6 ft. Seems outrageous but it is redwood and I do live in paradise.
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cedar fence
Amount: $3,100.00
Posted by: jeff hacker in riverside, CA.Posted: June 16th, 2010 12:06AM
Number of Feet: 200Material: dog ear
hydromaster,inc was the contractor out of riverside ca. did a great job, looks great best quote i got out of three. highest was $3,900 by acrey. still not a bad price. but im happy with my job. -jeff
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fence
Amount: $13,000.00
Posted by: Blackdee in San Frnacisco, CA.Posted: April 27th, 2010 10:04AM
Number of Feet: 366Material: redwood
IS THIS HIGH?????
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6\' Shadowbox
Amount: $5,180.00
Posted by: Minib in Middleburg, FL.Posted: April 8th, 2010 07:04AM
Number of Feet: 498Material: 4\" Cypress
We got this estimate for just shy of 5000 lf with three 5' work gates. At the time of the estimate, the estimator hinted that the owner would probably work with us, either on the price itself or with a material upgrade since we were dealing with a large amount of fence. I'm waiting on a callback today to see what we can negotiate.
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3 rail split
Amount: $4,050.00
Posted by: a user in cincinnati, OH.Posted: April 5th, 2010 09:04AM
Number of Feet: 350Material: 3 rail split
3 gates (2 - 5 foot, 1 - 4 foot), vinyl liner for pet control
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Privacy fence, pool-safe
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Dennis N in toms river, NJ.Posted: March 24th, 2010 12:03PM
Number of Feet: 120Material: wood or plastic
I enjoy this site, but info seems a bit old. Is it active? Perhaps it just reflects the economy and building downturn. Here in Ocean County, NJ the fence builders I've called just don't show up for the job! Amazing, since they do show up for the estimates and spend there (and my) time. Anyone have a recommendation? THANKS
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6' Privacy Fence
Amount: $6,000.00
Posted by: Compare in Johnson City, TN.Posted: March 23rd, 2010 11:03AM
Number of Feet: 340Material: Dog Ear
Amount including all material, equipment, and labor. Posts sunk to 2' in ground with concrete. Two 5' gates.
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6' Dog Ear Cedar Fence
Amount: $3,290.00
Posted by: Leanne in Riverside, CA.Posted: March 7th, 2010 12:03PM
Number of Feet: 197Material: Dog Ear Cedar
Amount spent is total, including labor. Used Fencing by Acrey.
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Fence estimates
Amount: $7,000.00
Posted by: Pat T in Oradell, NJ.Posted: February 20th, 2010 10:02AM
Number of Feet: 190Material: Jerith Aluminum
1st estimate came in at 7k...190'...Two 4' gates...5' high...seems high, but this is North Jersey...any thoughts?
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6' wood fence
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Jay Smith in Lawrence, KS.Posted: January 27th, 2010 01:01PM
Number of Feet: 130Material: dog ear
I wonder where you are getting your info from. According to my calculation as an installer, price based on Lowe's or Home Depot, this is my conclusion; the cost will vary depending on what kind of fence you use, terrain condition and way of installation.
Posts 4X4X8, two foot in ground, one bag of concrete per post, 8' fence one sided dog ear, one gate including regular hardware and no sag hardware, pick up of material, no mark up on material but including some overhead, like office, pick up and rent auger, cost per foot on a 130 foot fence with one gate is $14.56 per foot. When using shadow box fencing the cost is $18.02 per foot.
When using LEGAL labor the installation cost is between $10.00 and $15.00 per foot. At this price nothing can go wrong on the job or we would not make a penny.
So when I see pricing from $15.00 to $22.00 per foot installed, all included it must be considering stolen wood and ILLEGAL labor.
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Doing it yourself priceing
Amount: $1,000.00
Posted by: Tony C in Houston, TX.Posted: January 25th, 2010 08:01PM
Number of Feet: 120Material: Ceder
I built the fence on the side of our house.
2x4's and 4x4's I got from a LUMBER YARD here in Houston. (saved 100 from going to Home depot) The cement I bought at Home depot (cheap). The ceder posts I bought off craigslist (saved 250$ from home depot) anywhere from 40-60$ for Uhaul truck if you don't have a friend with a truck. 30 bucks to rent a nail gun and 15$ for the nailgun nails. 10$ in nails from home depot. You CAN do this with only a circular saw, measuring tape, hammer, and pencil but it's easier to have a miter saw (expensive and don't go out and get a 10 inch you would need a 12inch for the 4x4's and they are expensive {but not at pawn shops ;) } and a post hole digger (20$ home depot) (plus you need to do it on a day near around the time 'yard waste' is picked up from your house. The hardest part is leveling your fence and making it straight. String helps a lot but you must keep in mind ground slope when cutting your posts in this case. That's it. Takes about 2 days for the 4x4's and cement work and 1 day for the crossmembers and picket work.
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6\' PVC Fence from Citywide Fence
Amount: $4,150.00
Posted by: Lisa 073 in Kissimmee, FL.Posted: November 28th, 2009 04:11PM
Number of Feet: 196Material: PVC
I Had 3 estimates that ranged from $4,000.00 - $5,500.00 and must say I am very pleased with the cost and job from this company Citywide Fence 407-493-7346
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6 foot privacy fence with gate
Amount: $5,226.00
Posted by: Happy Property Owner in Cincinnati, OH.Posted: November 9th, 2009 08:11AM
Number of Feet: 278 ft plus 12ft drive gateMaterial: 6 ft privacy, treated pine
Eads Fence Co (Cincinnati OH). Cost for almost 300 ft of fence, plus 12 ft wide double drive gate matching the fence, all installed. Posts went up in one day, stringers and boards the next. Very fast and efficient. Cost a little higher than other companies in area, but work is spectacular. No more prying eyes from the neighbors and no more wandering dogs on my property!
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6 foot fence replacement
Amount: $1,750.00
Posted by: Jimmy Vera in Corpus Christi, TX.Posted: September 16th, 2009 01:09PM
Number of Feet: 120Material: 6ft Cedar
Included was old fence removal, removal of large tree in fence line, cemented 4x4 post, 3rd rail, gate and cedar pickets.
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Need Split Raill Installed
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Jasoncincy in Cincinnati, OH.Posted: July 23rd, 2009 11:07PM
Number of Feet: 240Material: Split Rail
I have all materials on site including concrete. What should i be paing for labor on this job. Yard is pretty much all level. First estimate was $2100. Is that high ?
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Post replacement 6ft cedar fence
Amount: $425.00
Posted by: Daiun in Newcastle, WA.Posted: July 13th, 2009 04:07PM
Number of Feet: 1Material: 6ft cedar
Estimate for 4x4 post replacement $425. Estimate to stub post $325.
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3 rail site built - marietta GA
Amount: $2,595.00
Posted by: Matt F in Marietta, GA.Posted: July 8th, 2009 06:07AM
Number of Feet: 261Material: 6\'0\" Dog-ear press treated pine privacy
$9.94 linear ft w/ 2 gates. parts and labor
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Backyard fence
Amount: $6,000.00
Posted by: a user in Austin, TX.Posted: July 7th, 2009 06:07PM
Number of Feet: 400Material: Cedar Pickets
Metal support poles and two gates with running boards on 120 feet in the front.
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cost
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: jerome in Santa Ana, CA.Posted: June 29th, 2009 07:06PM
Number of Feet: 40Material: cedar
These prices quoted per linear ft. Is this for labor only?
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