It’s that time of year again. We’re all going out into the backyard, planting vegetables and flowers, taking the covers off the grill and the patio furniture, and sometimes, looking at a fence that’s well past its prime. If a new fence is on your summer to-do list, there are some easy ways you can save money, whether you hire a fence company or choose DIY.
1. Get a Material Take Off
If you’re reasonably handy, you can probably install a new backyard fence yourself. However, it can be quite tricky to do a proper fence take-off and get the right materials for your fence job. Using a fence calculator online is a quick, easy and free way to get a material take-off you can use when shopping for fence materials.
2. Find the Right Fence Company
The next big cost saver when you’re shopping for a new fence is finding the right fence company if you’re not planning to install your own fence.
Different fence companies specialize in different types of fence and different types of fence projects, and choosing the right fence company could save you money upfront without compromising on quality or durability.
3. Do Your Own Demolition
Fence companies charge for both materials and labor, and every hour they spend on your project will increase the cost of the fence.
If you’re on a budget, one of the best ways to save some money is to do your own demolition and fence line clearing. This is usually fairly easy to do and doesn’t require any fence installation skills. If you can haul your old fence and any other debris to the dump yourself, you’ll save even more on that.
4. Consider Repairs Rather Than Replacement
If you’re not sure if you need a new fence or if your old one can be repaired or restained, it’s worth asking for options when you talk to fence companies. Sometimes, fences just need a little maintenance to make them look great again, and if you can get a few more seasons out of your fence, you’ll have more time to save up for a new one.
5. Investigate Maintenance Free Fencing
The final tip we have to save on a new fence this summer might not save you money upfront, but it could save you a lot over time.
When you’re shopping for a new fence, ask for options for traditional fence types like wood but also alternatives like a vinyl fence, composite fence or aluminum fence. Even if it costs a little more now, many of these fences have lifespans of 25 years or more, and they never need any maintenance – so you will save in the long term!
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