Guide to Fencing Prices & Estimating Costs

On This Page:

  1. Average Fencing Prices
  2. How to Estimate Your Fencing Costs
  3. Fencing Installation Considerations
  4. Conclusion
For some, the American Dream has a picket fence around it. For others, it's wrought iron. Most homes have some kind of fencing. Fences can serve as decoration, property line markers, security features, or all three. The cost for fencing depends on a number of factors, including the height and length needed, as well as the materials. Most fencing installation professionals charge a cost per linear foot that includes both their labor and the materials cost.

Since the cost for fencing can vary widely, it's important to estimate cost per project, keeping the specific materials and dimensions in mind. Nationally, costs range from about $1,500 to $4,000 for new fence installation. On average, homeowners spend $2,550, but prices can vary slightly by region.

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  • Install a Wood Fence Costs
    Most homeowners spent between:
    $1,699 - $3,987
    Average cost:
    $2,724
    Low cost:
    $900
     
    High cost:
    $6,000
  • Repair a Wood Fence Costs
    Most homeowners spent between:
    $293 - $788
    Average cost:
    $529
    Low cost:
    $140
     
    High cost:
    $1,354
  • Hire a Land Surveyor Costs
    Most homeowners spent between:
    $337 - $669
    Average cost:
    $500
    Low cost:
    $200
     
    High cost:
    $1,000

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Install a Wood Fence
(8,991 projects)
Average National Cost:
$2,724
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Repair a Wood Fence
(6,149 projects)
Average National Cost:
$529
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Hire a Land Surveyor
(3,065 projects)
Average National Cost:
$500
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Install a Fence
(2,970 projects)
Average National Cost:
$2,648
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Fencing
Install a Vinyl or PVC Fence
(2,790 projects)
Average National Cost:
$3,508
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Install a Chain Link Fence
(2,092 projects)
Average National Cost:
$1,915
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Repair a Fence
(1,968 projects)
Average National Cost:
$477
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Install a Brick or Stone Wall
(1,385 projects)
Average National Cost:
$4,438
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Fencing
Repair a Chain Link Fence
(700 projects)
Average National Cost:
$431
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Repair a Wrought Iron Fence
(648 projects)
Average National Cost:
$490
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Fencing
Install an Aluminum or Steel Fence
(583 projects)
Average National Cost:
$3,531
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Fencing
Install a Wrought Iron Fence
(578 projects)
Average National Cost:
$2,726
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Install an Electric Fence
(496 projects)
Average National Cost:
$1,152
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Fencing
Install a Security Gate
(281 projects)
Average National Cost:
$1,898
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Fencing
Repair a Vinyl or PVC Fence
(184 projects)
Average National Cost:
$454
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Fencing
Repair an Aluminum or Steel Fence
(138 projects)
Average National Cost:
$470
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Repair an Electric Fence
(129 projects)
Average National Cost:
$213
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Fencing
Get a Building Permit
(52 projects)
Average National Cost:
$1,075
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Fencing
Install a Barbed Wire Fence
(32 projects)
Average National Cost:
$2,134
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Fencing
Repair a Barbed Wire Fence
(5 projects)
Average National Cost:
$666
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Average Fencing Prices

Fencing is priced by the linear foot. This cost should be relatively consistent for a certain material but may vary with different fencing heights. Typically, wood is the cheapest fencing material while wrought iron is the most expensive outright. In addition to price, each fencing type offers different positive and negative features.

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Wood

Wood is one of the most commonly used fencing materials, and it can last a long time if treated correctly. Wooden fences are often made from pine, redwood, cedar, or other woods that are resilient when wet. Though it usually has a natural look, wooden fencing can be stained or painted any color.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros: Inexpensive and can last for years with appropriate treatment.
  • Cons: Requires regular upkeep and staining.
Average price per foot: $5 to $10

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Metal or Chain Link

Steel is one of the most durable fencing types. It easily withstands abuse, but it may be susceptible to rust in certain environments. Chain link is one of the most affordable fencing types. Since it's made for function instead of form, it's great for delineating property lines or keeping in pets, but it doesn't make for a particularly attractive border.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros: Durable, affordable, and effective.
  • Cons: Generally the least attractive fencing type and may be susceptible to rust.
Average price per foot: $5 to $15

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Vinyl

Vinyl fencing is affordable, lightweight, durable and easy to install. It is not a good material for security fencing, however, as it can't withstand attempts to cut through the fence. Some homeowners also consider vinyl fencing to be unattractive. Some of this type of fencing mimics the look of wood, but most vinyl fences resemble plastic.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros: Easy installation.
  • Cons: Not appropriate for security fencing.
Average price per foot: $20

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Aluminum

Aluminum offers an attractive, lightweight alternative to other kinds of metal fencing, including the heavyweight wrought iron. Aluminum also tends to be one of the most affordable types of metal fencing, and it's also durable, which means you'll spend less on upkeep in the long run.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros: Won't rust, and requires little repair or upkeep.
  • Cons: Not the most secure type of fencing.
Average price per foot: $20 to $30

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Wrought Iron

Not only is wrought iron the most secure type of fencing, but it's also considered to be the most traditionally beautiful. This heavy-duty material also makes for a very effective fence that will keep your yard secure from unwanted human, animal, and other guests. Since wrought iron fencing is highly customized for each job, chances are that it will be a perfect fit.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros: Can last for a lifetime.
  • Cons: One of the most expensive types of fencing.
Average price per foot: $20 to $100

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Barbed Wire

Barbed wire fencing is usually used to keep livestock -- cows, horses, etc. -- confined in pastures or on ranches. It's sometimes used with woven wire fencing to prevent large animals from breaking it down when they get rowdy or excited. For smaller animals, it's good at keeping them from digging underneath to get out. For farming or crop areas, it protects against large animals from getting in and destroying the crops.

Pros and Cons:
  • Pros: Secure, inexpensive, good for farmland and ranches.
  • Cons: Potentially dangerous for kids and can be expensive if you use a lot of additional supplies.
Average price per foot: $15 to $20

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Electric/Invisible

Electric fences are great for containing your pets and it's more economical than erecting other fences. It's a great way to train your pet and protects them from getting hurt or potentially hurting someone. It's a good way to not compromise the beauty of your landscape with a fence and still keep your pet safe. It's considered a humane form of training as well.

Pros and Cons:
  • Pros: Affordable, allots flexibility in landscape, and still effective for pet training
  • Cons: Can be painful for the dog while they train, considered punishment for the pet, and some types of fencing involves digging up the yard.
Average price per foot: $1 to $3 per foot

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How to Estimate Your Fencing Costs

Most homeowners choose to work with a fencing contractor due to the level of skilled labor required for installing a fence. Before making first contact with a fencing professional, though, start to get an idea of the costs involved. Be sure to estimate the basic material costs in advance, and compare those calculations with the total project estimates from a professional.
  • Choose Look and Quality: These components are subject to the homeowner's preferences and the project budget. Determine the best fencing look for the site, whether it's basic chain link, smart wood or elegant wrought iron, and opt for a level of quality appropriate for the budget.
  • Measure Accurately: Only a legal survey can determine the precise property line around which to construct a fence. Refer to this official document when calculating fencing measurements and dimensions.
  • Find an Expert: Not all fencing experts are created equal, and some have more experience or better reviews than others. Be sure to read reviews from trusted resources or fellow homeowners to find the best contractor for the job.
  • Get Quotes: Most experts recommend getting three estimates for any fencing work you're considering. If you only solicit an estimate from one contractor, you'll have no way of knowing how that measures up against other local fencing contractors. Obtaining estimates from three different contractors, however, will give you a more accurate picture of the fencing materials and labor cost range in your area.
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Fencing Installation Considerations

Along with material costs, labor costs for fencing installation can also vary. Though some labor costs may depend on the particular contractor and his or her skill level, many considerations are more straightforward. The following are some of the most common factors that influence labor costs.
  • Permits: Installing a new fence almost always requires a permit from the local authorities due to the property modification. Determine what kinds of permits are necessary, which authority grants them and who will file for them. Some contractors will file themselves while others depend on the homeowner to complete this administrative task.
  • Utilities: Requesting that local utility companies locate their respective lines within the proposed fencing area is another administrative task to complete before installation begins. Be sure to ascertain whether the contractor will take the responsibility for contacting and scheduling appointments for gas, power and water utilities.
  • Grading: Uneven land or higher grade areas mean that contractors can mean tough working conditions for contractors. It also means that fence materials and installation won't be straightforward. Instead, contractors need to customize fencing components to fit the grade. Certain types of fencing are more or less suited to uneven land and high grades, so be sure to get an expert opinion.
  • Ground condition: Ground condition and type can vary even in the same yard area. Though fencing professionals can work with most ground conditions and experienced professionals may even be able to anticipate where challenging ground lies, some ground types may require more work or equipment than others. Rocky, wet or clay ground areas, for instance, may increase project costs.
  • Job complexity: Pre-existing structures, trees, and other materials on the project site can impact the complexity of the job and its final cost. Be sure to understand the job complexity and timeline before signing on with a fencing professional.
Other considerations and potential benefits or drawbacks to keep in mind when installing a fence are:
  • Property value: When determining whether or not to install a fence, think about your neighborhood. If all the other houses in your area have fences, then it's likely going to increase the value. If none of the other houses have a fence though, it's going to stand out and probably decrease the value.
  • HOA: Homeowner associations sometimes have specific outlines about what kind of fencing you can have. That's because it has to match the rest of the neighborhood. This includes materials, depth and height of the fence. You need to be ready to meet those standards and have a budget prepared.
  • Return on investment: Fencing usually provides a good return on investment, if you follow the above mentioned guides. You also shouldn't spend more on a fence than the value of your home. Akin to a bathroom remodel, you shouldn't spend more than 5% of your home's value on a fence -- probably lean more towards 1% of your home's value.
  • Neighboring fences: If the fences neighboring your property are made of wood, and you install a brick fence, your home is going to stand out -- and not in a good way. Try to have your fencing blend in as much as possible. It will appeal more to potential buyers.
  • Security: You want a fence that's secure, so think about making it at least 6-feet tall so it's not easy for people to climb over. Chain link is also not very secure versus wood planks or brick. Pick a material that complements your home while keeping your home safe.
  • Pets & children: Akin to security, you want to keep your pets and children safe. Enclosing your yard with a fence keeps them from wandering away. Make sure you plant the fence deep so animals can't easily dig out underneath it. You also don't want it too short so dogs can't jump over it, and children can't easily climb over, either.
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Conclusion

There's a lot to keep in mind when you install a fence. The material you choose will determine a lot about how your house and exterior look to potential buyers. It will also determine how safe your home is for children and pets, along with how secure it is against potential burglars. You have to keep all of this in mind, so consult with a fencing contractor and any HOAs so you don't end up installing the wrong fence. You want to make an investment that lasts with as little maintenance and repairs as needed.

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Thomas Trzupek More than 1 year ago
I have 320 linear ft.  First estimate was $5.800.  According to your "Avg cost" statement of $5-$10 a foot, this estimate to me seems really high?
Ryan Nichols More than 1 year ago
All the true cost guides should be taken with a grain of salt. They are extremely inaccurate. 
Jerry Harris More than 1 year ago
5-10 dollars is labor only cost
Robert (Glenn) Perritt 9 months ago
that 5-10 per foot is for a picket type fence built just for decoration.... a regular 6' tall wood fence with 3 rails and a rot board, concrete in all post holes is $22-28 depending on treated pine or cedar materials, etc.
Linda Bow 3 months ago
what is a rot board?  the board along the top?
Michael Lupke 30 days ago
A rot board is a board that goes along the bottom of the fence and is usually pressure treated so it does not rot. As far as the pricing shown here at least in my area it is not even close to correct. A high end cedar board fence with a topper can be 30.00 plus per foot just for the materials. I am a fence contractor on Home Advisor.
Paul Benner More than 1 year ago
I want a block wall fence 6 foot high NO wood
Kathy DeForte More than 1 year ago
I am having some columns made and have some questions, I know I have to call to have the area marked before we dig however if I want to have electrical wiring going through one or two of the post should I have the electrician come out first before the columns are built? 
courtney busch More than 1 year ago
Yes, I would. An licensed electrician needs to run wires to columns area and a junction box installed before columns install.

Larry Tomlinson More than 1 year ago
I need to get a quote to replace a corner post for my wooden gate. It has a broken 4X4 and needs a 6X6 set in quick crete. The old post needs to be taken out along with the old cement, also depending amount the price the lower 2x4x12 running the width of the gate needs to be replaced. Cost for material at the local Home Depot are around $50.
Erwin Goldberg 4 days ago
So far 2 estimates for 180' wood fence. Both much higher than average cost.

George Human 11 days ago
We need to talk price and quality of wood including minimum of knots before installation
Don Holigan 13 days ago
I have two estimates so far for 200 linear feet of 4' black chain link fence with a double gate. Straight forward square enclosure on even ground  , 1st estimate $5,400 2nd  $7,800 both included material & installation. That seems very high to me ?? 
Paul Formalarie 18 days ago
We want around a three to four ft. Yard fence. This is a replacement. We want wood, white. I think we need six panels and one gate. It separate the back yard from the front yard.
15 days ago
Hi Paul, Thanks for your comment, we would be happy to get you connected with a fencing pro. You can submit a service request on our website: http://www.homeadvisor.com/, or browse reviews for local fence pros here: http://www.homeadvisor.com/c.html. We can also have a project advisor reach out to assist you if you send your contact information to emailus@homeadvisor.com. –HASupport
r. coffman 4 months ago
Costs in Sussex County Delaware are significantly higher than those you list.  $40s per foot average for vinyl 5' fence. 

Constance wheeler 4 months ago
I need a fence for my small pet, but I am also located on a lake which means I need a white fence and wrought iron fence up to the lake .what is the average cost for a 6 ft fence and what kind of fence combination would you suggest?
Patti White Rulli 5 months ago
My other question would be.  Vertical paneled fence vs. horizontal fence:  is cost different ?  
I have a neighbor constantly using fence for part of clothes line and tool rack / garden raised bed.
Patti White Rulli 5 months ago
Our area has a lot of ground moisture.  Have heard Cypress is a superior wood for our conditions.  What is the cost difference for 8’ panels (Approved paperwork from County f/variance- can provide) & 6’ panels?  (2 sides 8’ x 90’. ) Sides only approved 8’.  Back wall concrete , HOA.
NW Tampa, Florida off Ehrlich and Burrington
Shirley Glidewell 6 months ago
The decision  to put  a fence up even sounds complicated.

ROGER YOUNG More than 1 year ago
I want to install a 6' high wood fence to keep the nosey neighbors fro seeing what we are doing in our back yard, this will be a privacy fence so to speak, and totally legal in my area
More than 1 year ago
Hi Roger, Thanks for reaching out, we’re happy to connect you with a fencing pro for your project. You can submit a request to our pros here: www.homeadvisor.com, browse a list of local pros here: http://www.homeadvisor.com/c.html, or send your info to emailus@homeadvisor.com and a project advisor will reach out to assist you. –HASupport
liz hamrak More than 1 year ago

I want to pay no more than 900 for a 30 x 6 ' wooden fence to add privacy to our patio and block our neighbor.



James Kelske More than 1 year ago
what city and state are you in ?
Al Stodolski More than 1 year ago
How much of a deposit is to be expected?  One contractor is asking for half up front
Luci Taylor More than 1 year ago
I was told never to pay for a job till finished, I have been asked for a small deposit but never 1/2 I'd look for someone else. But just incase you go with this company make sure you check out that contractor and ask for references' also make sure he is truly licensed and insured. I hate to speak out of school but this contractor sounds a bit sketchy to me!
Al Stodolski More than 1 year ago
As a follow-up to your point, the contractor agreed to accept a third.  A third is common to all contractors listed on Home Advisor that I had considered and the one I chose had 5 stars from all who reviewed.  To me "sketchy" is when a contractor asks for "all" money up front.  A third seems reasonable Luci  The balance withheld until satisfactory completion.
Ralph Abney III More than 1 year ago
as a contractor I only ask for the material costs upfront because there are also , to repeat the term used above, "sketchy" homeowners and I have been stuck with material costs out of my pocket. I never ask for labor cost up front ever. depending on the length of the job is how the final payments are made. If it is under a week the balance would be due upon completion. If it is two weeks i will split the remaining balance into two weekly payments. Hope this helps you. Have a great day 
Terry Sherman More than 1 year ago
I would like an estimate to install a new wooden 6' privacy fence with 1-36wide walk-in gate and 1-48" walk-in gate. This should be a fairly simple project to estimate and construct. There are no obstructions and it will be a simple rectangular shape. I would do this project myself, but I am now physically dis-abled. this project needs to be finished in about 2 weeks.
Audrey Barnett More than 1 year ago
Would like to receive a construction cost estimate breakdown like the type typically used by the Air Force, i.e. AF Form 3052, Construction Cost Estimate Breakdown.   The breakdown should include material costs, labor costs, one time cost such as permits, dumpster,  etc.  The breakdown to include overhead and profit.    Please note that this is a cost breakdown for my home to remove and install a new wooden fence.  The height of the fence should be approx. 6 ft - 7 ft.  
Linda Foster More than 1 year ago
I want to know average fee that providers' charge for any service. I am surprised the reviews do not mention this. This is helpful to me in narrowing my search. The clients should reveal what the paid for a service in their review.
Mary Jones More than 1 year ago
I am looking for someone to install a privacy fence on part of my yard.
Robin Stacy More than 1 year ago
Should I assume the average costs noted above are for product only?  Or labor + product?
Thomas Trzupek More than 1 year ago
First quote was too high for a wood fence using your guide of $5-$10 a foot.
James Kelske More than 1 year ago
6' wood fences run about 1$18.00 a foot.