An outdoor fence can provide added security and privacy for your home, and it also can enclose your yard to keep children and pets from wandering away from home. In addition to these uses, an outdoor fence can provide a visual outline of your property, and it can be a great backdrop for landscaping, giving the yard a more complete and attractive look. If you want to install an outdoor fence, the first step is to determine the cost.
Things You'll Need
- Tape measure
- Pad and pencil
Measure the perimeter of the area you want to fence. Use a tape measure to determine the length of each side of the fence, then add those lengths together to get the total number of feet of fence you need. Start by placing the tape measure against your home's exterior wall and measuring out.
Figure the number of support posts you need. If putting up a wood fence, there is typically one post every 6 feet along the fence, so divide the number of feet of fencing you need by 6 to determine the number of posts you need.
Price outdoor fencing. The price of fencing varies considerably, depending on the type of fencing -- such as wood, vinyl or metal -- and the height of your fence. Check prices at home improvement centers as well as companies that specialize in installing fencing.
Include in your estimate the cost of an outdoor fence door, hinges and assembly fasteners or screws. Each of these items is sold separately, and costs vary from place to place.
Tips & Warnings
- Call several different fence installation services to get estimates on installation costs. Add installation costs to the total cost of the outdoor fence.
- Service Magic: Fencing Costs: Which Is The Best Option For You?
- "Step-by-Step Landscaping"; Better Homes & Gardens; 2007
- Home Depot: Fencing
- Lowes: Fencing
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