DIY or Professional Fence Installation: Will you really save money building your own fence?

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Will you really save money building your own fence?

When you’re trying to decide whether you should get your fence professionally installed or if you should do it yourself, you might be thinking about the magical personal touch you could bring to your yard with a DIY project. However, you might also be considering DIY as an option because you’re thinking about the cold hard cash. Are you really going to save money by installing your fence yourself? The answer to this question depends on the type of fence you install and the process you use.

Building your own fence may save you money, but you’ll pay in blood, sweat, and tears

You may save money building your own fence, but it’s going to be hard work!

When you hire a contractor for fence installation, you are not just paying for the materials. You are also paying them for their labor. When you opt for DIY installation, your only cost is materials, but you will be paying with your own labor! If you’re building a fence from scratch, this could be quite a lot of labor. New DIYers frequently underestimate the amount of time a project will take them, so you have to consider the tradeoff. In theory, maybe the project only takes a week, but chances are you’ll encounter some unexpected challenges along the way. Your time is valuable and may be more profitable if spent on your own non-fencing work. The less experienced you are with carpentry, digging, and other tasks involved in building a fence, the harder it will be to build your fence quickly.

For some, the value of that DIY personal touch will cancel out everything else because a challenge is exactly what they want. Those people may choose the most hands-on approach possible for that reason. Whether time and money are the most important factors depends on your resources and what you value personally.

It doesn’t hurt to be a professional fence contractor, but it’s not necessary

Many DIYers find that they don’t know their yards as intimately as they think until they get started with their fencing projects. Indeed, installing your own fence is a great way to get extremely close to your yard. Maybe your soil is rockier than expected and therefore more difficult to dig into. Or maybe you end up mistakenly encountering cable wiring where you thought you were in the clear. (Sure, preparing your yard by having the utilities marked can help prevent this, but unpleasant surprises happen.)

A professional fence contractor knows how to handle any unexpected challenges efficiently, maybe more efficiently than you. Addressing challenges will add time and possibly money, especially if you do need to go out and buy a tool you didn’t plan on needing. However, it’s possible to save money by renting some of these tools. Renting a post hole auger can help you dig holes that are straight and possibly avoid a tipping fence. Even if it takes time, there’s no reason you can’t learn to be a master fence builder. After all, everyone has to start somewhere!

If you’re not ready for hardcore DIY, you can try a pre-made DIY fence kit!

DIY doesn’t have to be a monumental challenge that takes exorbitant time and money. If you want the best of both worlds, there are some intermediary options. DIY isn’t all or nothing! You can choose your level of involvement based on your strengths and weaknesses. Pre-made DIY fence kits like EZ Fence 2 Go provide you with everything you need to build your fence. These kits are designed to make the process as easy as possible, and using one doesn’t mean you’re not doing it yourself. Don’t be ashamed about needing a little help!

Pre-made DIY fence kits are available in a variety of materials, from wood to vinyl to aluminum. They come with panels or sections that snap together easily, and their instructions are written so non-experts can follow them. Without a kit, the material you choose will have a huge impact on ease of installation. Aluminum fences are often considered the easiest to install—you simply have to assemble the sections of rails rather than, say, chopping your own wood and then nailing it together. However, a wood fence kit can give you that natural look while making the process painless.

Building your own fence will give your yard that personal touch, but it’s not the only way

You’re still going to get to know your yard really, really well, even if you use a kit. However, DIY isn’t the option for everyone. You can stay involved with the process and get customized results by working closely with your fence installation contractor. In the end, the choice you make is about you. There’s no wrong way to do it, whether you start from scratch, order a kit, or let someone else handle the installation.

Build your own fence with the help of our DIY Fencing Guide!

Have you saved money by building your own fence? How long did it take you? Was the thrill of doing it yourself enough to override any other concerns? Go ahead and share your thoughts and experiences in our comments section!

6 Comments

  • Jade Brunet says:

    It is good to learn that the less experienced you are with carpentry, digging, and other tasks, the harder it will be to build your fence quickly. Determining how much time you want to spend on the project would be a wise thing to do before starting. Seeking professional help would be a great idea to offer specialized work in a timely manner when it comes to fence installation.

  • Devon Pittman says:

    Well, this is such a nice and useful blog as it gives some idea about fence installation by own and by a professional. Ya, it is quite often that when time comes for a fence installation, some are obviously easier than others and some lend themselves DIY installation than others do. But undoubtedly I can say that it depends upon the situation and type of fence because installing a small picket fence is relatively simple but putting a high security fence or boundary fence on a steeply sloping property is much more complex. Though most of the people prefer to install fence by themselves in order to save money but if someone is consider my opinion then I can say that it is always a good idea to take the help of an expert or professional while installing the fence because they not only help in designing the fences with all types of material that suits all types of terrain but also added more security and prolong the fence life.

  • Richard Kaechele says:

    This is a good article and very informative on the options of hiring a contractor or the DIY method. I think with all of the home reno shows on TV that sometimes we think it’s as easy as it looks. In this regard I wish these shows would show a little more of the process it takes to start and finish any project you decide to DIY. When it comes to fencing there are so many things that I have over looked in my projects.
    If I had to pick the 2 biggest things I have learnt is this, it takes a lot of time and effort to build a fence yourself. Do the due process of what time you think it would take and add at least 50% more time, and that might not even be enough.
    The second thing is the cost. Its easy to go to your local Home Depot and have them tell you it will cost this amount of $$$$$ per foot for the fence you have chosen. But like this article states WHAT IF you are setting your posts and you come across a rock bed 1 or 2 feet below the surface. Lots more work and time added just like that. Never mind the extra cost involved in getting your posts set at the right depth.
    Personally I think hiring a professional contractor is always the best way for almost and home improvement. Remember when you watch the shows on TV these are almost always highly trained professional trades people, and most of the time they hire other trades people to come along side to complete their projects as well.

  • Donald says:

    How do i become a contractor with you

  • Adin says:

    Looking to make out 3 ft fence a 6ft… we have concrete fence posts- wondering if any way to add extensions to existing posts or will I have to dig out old shorter posts and reinstall new ones with concrete etc..?? Thanks 🙂

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