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Fencing Materials, Fence Labor, And Fencing Contractors: The Surprising Things You Did Not Know

When you want to put a fence around your property, there are a thousand and one things that need to be done. Trees and tree roots cannot interfere with fence panels and posts. The fence requires a building permit in most cities and states. The fence cannot be installed right on the property line, but inside your property line so that it is not sitting on or overlapping your neighbor's property line. In fact, with all the rules and regulations, you might feel a little overwhelmed. That is why a lot of homeowners and even commercial property owners hire a fencing contractor. 

However, there are still some things you need to know before you hire a fencing contractor. These things may come as a surprise or as a shock to you if you do not investigate them ahead of time. Take a look.

The Eight Grand Installation vs. the Twenty-Plus Grand Installation

There is a massive spread over the cost of installing the exact same fence. You will be shocked by the disparity between the cheapest installation cost and the most expensive. Depending on how much fence you are installing, your installation costs could be as low as $8,000, and as high as $20,000 or even $30,000! The most surprising reason that the contractors on the higher end give for their sky-high quotes is for the fence materials that they use. If you are shopping around, you will see that comparable fencing materials do not cost that much, and what you are ultimately paying for overpriced labor, or for contractors who are not local to send their crews to your home from hundreds of miles away. If you hire someone more local, you can still get a great fence installed for far less. 

Fencing Materials

Plastic vinyl fences are the same; there is no "high-quality" vinyl plastic or "low-quality" vinyl plastic. All of this material will age the same in hot sun, wind, and weather. Hardwood fences will warp and rot unless maintained, and even then they will not last 20 or more years. Aluminum or steel fencing made to look like wood or vinyl lasts the longest, but it will still lose its new luster after a decade. Pick the fencing material you want, can afford, and which suits your needs the best. Price the materials at several hardware and home improvement stores so that you know exactly what they cost before you speak to a contractor.