Will you really save money building your own fence?

You may consider the magical private contact that you can take to your yard with a DIY fence project when you try to make the decision whether your fence should be professionally mounted, or whether you should do so yourself. But you can also consider DIY as an alternative, because you think of the cold difficult money. Will you really save cash by adding your own fence? The response to this issue relies on the sort and method of fence you mount.

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

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

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!

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