Whether you're adding a fence for privacy, security, or decoration, there are a number of different factors that will play into the final cost. Here's what you need to know.
Size of your property Obviously, one of the biggest factors that will influence the price of your fence is the size of it. The larger the property's perimeter, the more fencing you'll need and the more costly the installation will be.
Materials Like most materials, the type you choose plays a big part in how much they'll cost. The more exotic the material, the more expensive they'll be. To minimize costs, most homeowners opt for standard cedar fencing.
Fence Height It stands to reason that the taller the fence, the more materials it takes and therefore the higher the material cost. However, you may not know that installation costs more for a taller fence as well since a taller fence will need more reinforcement to be stable.
Installation If you're handy, you can install a fence yourself. However, if you're having a contractor install it, you can expect to pay about double to triple the cost of materials to cover installation. Most contractors charge by the linear foot. If you buy and pick up your own materials, you would just ask the contractor for a price for installation only. Even though your contractor is most likely taking some markup on the materials that he or she buys on your behalf, it still might be preferable to have the contractor buy them for you. They will then spend the time and energy delivering it to your home, will return anything that may not be right and will incur the risk of any damage in transit.