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How Much Should I Expect To Pay For A Privacy Fence To Be Put Up?

How Much Should I Expect To Pay For A Privacy Fence To Be Put Up?


Old 07-14-07, 07:53 AM
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How Much Should I Expect To Pay For A Privacy Fence To Be Put Up?

We are buying a new house and are getting a fence installed.

We are going to get a privacy fence that uses natural wood (not going to paint or stain it another color). We can use this type, aluminum, or the wodden one that is wide open, but uses wire behind to keep the dogs in or whatever else out. Will stain it later on with a clear coat, but not a change of color.

Our yard is about .48 of an acre (I believe). We have a small front yard, and will put a fence around our entire back yard.

1. I am trying to figure out the best place for the fence. Should I have them put the fence about 2' inside of my property line? I will need to cut the grass around the fence, so I was worried about getting on my neighbor's property to cut my grass.

2. The fence we will most likely choose is a wooden, privacy fence, that has to have 20% of each section so that you can see through it. In other words, each section can be 80% fence, and 20% gap in between the fence boards.

3. We will have 3 gates: 1 single gate on left of house, 1 double gate on right side, and 1 single on the back of the gate.

4. Does anyone know of a formula or an approximate amount that this fence will be? We are hoping that it will not break us, but I have a bad feeling that it is going to be expensive.

Because of when we are moving in and the amount of time we have, I will not be able to put the fence up myself.

Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-14-07, 08:16 PM
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Ultimately, it will come down to the exact style you choose. A basic fence is relatively easy to construct, however, a fence that looks finished on both sides takes a lot more craftsmanship to erect. You also have the choice of rough cut lumber or surfaced lumber (smooth), Number 1 grade or Number 2, etc. Get multiple quotes and references, you are looking at anywhere from 7 to 10K much of which is materials and of course depends on where you live. This is based on similar 1/2 acre lot that a client got multiple quotes on prior to having me build it within the last year. The fence we built was 6ft on the sides of the lot, 8ft on the rear, 3 gates as you described and double sided with #2 grade lumber surfaced 4 sides lumber. By double sided, I mean that all cross members were set within the 4 x 4's and not simply nailes to the outside. The result was a fence that looked finished on both sides as opposed to one side that has all the supports and the other side you only see pickets.
Old 07-14-07, 09:37 PM
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Thank you for the information.
Old 07-15-07, 04:04 AM
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I am just about done building a 6' privacy fence in my back yard out of PT lumber. The design is sort of a complicated board and batten design and has a 6' gate and a 9' gate. I am building it myself because the installed quote was about $70 per LF. My cost is just materials and some rental costs for a cement mixer and auger. My cost figures out about $34 per LF.

Now, if I weren't an architect and could accept just a standard privacy fence, my cost might be around $28 to $30 per LF! And it wouldn't take me nearly as long to build <LOL>. Darn architect <LOL>

BTW, for anyone who has a lot of post holes to dig, check out a Dingo with an auger attachment. A few extra bucks, but what an awesome machine! Really saves the back.
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A lot will depend on your location - labor rates, material rates, and what the ground is like sand vs rock will cost differently.

If possible I'd try to work it out with current owners or builder to let you have 2-3 fencing companies stop by and give you a quote - most will do it for free.

I did a shadow box style with green treated lumber - ~475' for ~$4000 in material with 3 gates 5' tall. The quotes I got for it were between $7000-$10,000.

I put the fence about 6-8" inside my property line and then put edging on the property line and 6-8" inside the fence then put rock along the fence that way I wouldn't have to worry about mowing outside the fence or weed whacking along it.

I agree the Dingo is a great tool for digging holes I used that as well - along with the jackhammer option due to a lot of limestone.
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6' dog eared privicy

I have been quoted $21-24.5 per foot for just a standard 6' dog ear privacy fence (finished look on one side), plus gates. Lowes said labor for their contracters was $7 per ft plus materials.

Im doing it myself. The dogs will just have to be stuck in the 10x10 kennal a little longer.
Old 09-16-07, 06:15 PM
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60 linear feet cost me about $8-9 per linear foot, labor free. Not really that hard to put up. anyway, that is the material cost in houston for a basic 6' tall privacy fence, with no gates, with 6' spacing for posts.
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