Fencing Costs

Learn How to Fencing Costs on Your Rehab Projects


Many older homes have old fences that are unsightly or damages which may need to be repaired or replaced on your rehab projects. As a house flipper, you will need to be able inspect the existing fence and determine whether the fence need to be repaired or replaced and estimate an approximate budget.

Basics of Estimating

Fencing Costs

Fencing is typically measured by the lineal feet of fencing.

To measure how much fence you need you will simply need to measure the length of fencing you need to install in lineal feet.

There are several technique you can use to measure the lineal feet of fencing needed:

  1. Eyeball Measurement
  2. Walking Measurement (stride length)
  3. Rolling Measuring Tape
  4. Laser Measuring Tape
  5. GIS Map

#1 Eyeball Measurement

If you have a good eye for lengths and distances you could visually 'eyeball' the measurement and guess your lengths of fencing needed to quickly estimate a rough fencing budget.

FlipperForce House Flipping Software Founder Head Shot
Pro Tip
When I'm first analyzing a deal, I will often quickly 'eyeball' the fencing measurement, because I know my fencing costs won't 'break the bank' if I'm off by 10 to 20ft.

#2 Walking Measurement

Another technique that can be used is your 'step length' or 'stride length'. If you know how many feet you take between each step, you can count the # of steps you take to calculate the total length.

#3 Rolling Measuring Wheel

A more accurate way to 'walk-off' a fence measurement is to use a rolling measuring tape. A rolling measuring tape can be used to measure the ground length more accurately on inclined or hilly yards.

#4 Laser Measuring Tape

A laser measuring tape can be a handy tool to quickly take measurements, however it won't be able to take into account hills.

#5 GIS Map

Most Counties have a GIS mapping tool available that can be used to view the lot lines for residential lots. These GIS Maps generally have measurement tools that you can use to measure distances on the map to measure the length of your fencing.

Material Costs

Installation Costs

Once you measure and calculate the lineal footage of fencing your property needs you can simply multiply the lineal footage by a price per lineal amount to calculate a rough budget for the fencing.

Below are some rough cost ranges for various types of fencing materials:

Chain Link Fencing

Chain Link Fencing

$12 to $20 / lf (lab & Mat'l)

Cost to furnish and install 4ft chain link fencing.

Wood Cedar Fencing

Cedar Wood Fencing

$15 to $30 / lf (lab & Mat'l)

Cost to furnish and install 4 to 6ft cedar wood fencing.

Vinyl Fencing

Vinyl Fencing

$20 to $30 / lf (lab & Mat'l)

Cost to furnish and install 4 to 6ft white vinyl fencing.

Aluminum Fencing

Aluminum Fencing

$25 to $35 / lf (lab & Mat'l)

Cost to furnish and install 4 to 6ft aluminum fencing.

Wrought Iron Fencing

Wrought Iron Fencing

$30 to $75 / lf (lab & Mat'l)

Cost to furnish and install 4ft to 6ft wrought iron fencing.

Fence Gate

Fence Gates

$250 to $1,000 / each (lab & Mat'l)

Cost to furnish and install fence gate (varies by size & material)

Installation Timeline

Cost Summary

Other costs

Price Considerations

#1 Fencing Materials

The type of material (wood, aluminum, wrought iron) will obviously affect the price of your fencing. Chain link fencing is the cheapest fencing option with wrought iron fencing being the most expensive.

#2 Height of Fence

The height of your fence will affect the cost of the material.  A short 4 foot fence will be cheaper than an 8ft privacy fence.

#3 Length of Fence

The longer the fence, the more cost-effective the installation.  If you are installing a short run of fencing (less than 50ft) then your price per LF will be more expensive than a larger project (economies of scale)

#4 Shape of the Fence

If the fence has polygonal shapes, corners it will require more layout and more posts which will increase the price.

#5 Gates

Gates can cost around $250 to $750 to install depending on the size & material, so make sure you include those in your estimate.

Writing a Scope of Work & Getting Bids

Fencing contractors will generally provide an all inclusive bid to 'furnish and install' all labor and fencing materials on the project.

Here is an example of how to write a Scope of Work that insures your Fencing Contractor provides an all-inclusive bid.

Example Scope of Work

All Fencing work is to be Contractor Purchased, Contractor Installed.

  1. Furnish and install new fencing, posts, footings, gates and components per local buliding codes.
  2. Remove and dispose of existing fencing (if applicable).

Example Scope of Work Document

Download our Scope of Work Document template, compatible w/ Google Docs & Microsoft Word
Scope of Work Document Template Example

Scope of Work Document Download

Download the Editable Scope of Work Document available in MS Word or Google Docs
Microsoft WordGoogle Docs

Other Resources

Rehab Repair Estimator Software
HomeAdvisor Cost Guide
Fixr Cost Guide
Homewyse Costs Guide

Ready to Take Action?

Sign up for a free trial and join over 1,000 house flippers and real estate investors that have taken their business to the next level!