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Installing a new fence is a great way to improve your home’s security and increase the property value. Fences are available in many sizes and materials, and before you start shopping for quotes and exploring a home equity line of credit or other funding options, it’s a good idea to get a firm idea of the cost.

The price range

The cost of a new fence installation depends on a wide range of factors, including the size and type of fence, what permits are required, and whether you hire a professional to do the work or make it a DIY project. Homeowners usually spend from around $1,600 to roughly $3,800 — or an average of about $2,650. These prices cover materials and hiring a professional contractor.

Choosing fence material

Fence materials vary greatly in price and offer distinct advantages and disadvantages that you should consider before making a purchase.

Wooden fences are relatively inexpensive, and you have the option of finishing them with paint or stain to get an appearance that matches your home’s aesthetic. The main disadvantage is that they require regular maintenance to prevent rot from exposure to the elements. The price per linear foot for wooden fences averages $5 to $10.

Steel fences commonly have a chain link design. They are inexpensive, durable and low-maintenance, but they are not the most attractive option. You need to check them regularly for rust. The price per linear foot ranges from $5 to $15.

Iron fences are incredibly strong and will last for decades with minimal care. They are also available in a variety of attractive designs. But they are expensive, at $20 to $100 per linear foot.

Aluminum fences are lightweight, which makes them less secure. However, they are low maintenance and are cheaper than iron fences at a price of $20 to $30 per linear foot.

Barbed wire fences are potentially dangerous, making them a poor choice in suburban areas. However, they are a good option for anyone in a remote or rural location, or anyone who keeps livestock, because they are affordable and secure. The price per linear foot of barbed wire is $15 to $20.

Vinyl fencing is lightweight and easy to install, and although it costs more than some other options, at around $20 per linear foot, you often save on installation costs. The major disadvantage is that vinyl is not as strong as metal, making it less suitable for improving home security.

Factors affecting the cost of installation

The type of fence you buy is a major contributor to the final, but there are many other issues to consider.

  • Permits. In many cases, you need a permit before installing a new fence. Contact your county office or housing authority before you start work, and expect to pay $398 to $1,561 (an average of $979) for permits.
  • Size of the project. The more fencing you buy, the more your project costs. However, if you make a very large purchase, you may be able to negotiate a better price per linear foot. Additionally, expect to pay more if you need a high fence to make your yard secluded or to improve security.
  • Labor. Fencing contractors usually charge by the linear foot. Costs range from $7 to $12 per linear foot, depending on the type of fence material you are installing. Vinyl is the easiest material to work with and has the lowest associated costs, while wood is the most time-consuming and expensive.
  • Location. Price may increase in areas where it’s difficult to operate heavy machinery, or where the ground is uneven because it takes more time to install the fence correctly. You also need to be aware of any nearby utilities that your fence could damage. Excavating land before installing a fence could cost as much as $4,000.

 Need a fence but don’t have the cash or the home equity to pay for it? A personal loan is another good option.