Most contractors will give quantity discounts. Therefore, the first thing you can do is increase the quantity of fence. That does not mean put up more fence around your property. Rather, talk with your neighbors or anyone you know in your neighborhood that may need a fence, group together, and then approach a contractor. This is by far the most effective strategy for lowering the price tag and it will save you a significant amount of money on your fence purchase. This strategy works every time because it enables the fence contractor to reduce costs and the amount of time it takes to build one fence.
This next suggestion may not at first glance sound like a way to save money, but in many cases it can be. And that is to select a contractor you can trust, someone that will meet your needs and look after your interests. We have had to clean up a few messes for customers left behind by dishonest and/or incompetent fence contractors. These unfortunate customers ended up paying twice the amount the fence should have cost had they done their homework in the first place. Don't let this happen to you. If you have not worked with any fencing contractors previously, ask for references and to see previous work. Click here to see more information on choosing a fence contractor.
Another way to save some money is to do some or all of the work your self. We sell fence packages for the do-it-yourselfer, or let us do the hard work for you by digging the post holes and even setting the posts in the cement, and then you can do the rest. Other "sweat equity" activities might include cleaning up the dirt that comes out of the post holes, painting your wood fence, installing the privacy slats into a chain link fence. If you are replacing an existing fence, removing the old one yourself. These are tasks that do not require much skill but if you have the time and a little ambition you can save a lot of money.
Occasionally, someone will call us up and ask us to install some used fence material that they have just purchased or have lying around in the hope of saving money. This usually is not an effective way to save money if you are hiring a contractor do the installation. Many contractors will not work with used material, and if you find someone that does, the additional labor charges to work with, untangle and remove the wrinkles from the used material (especially chain link mesh) will very often offset any savings you might expect. What you end up with is a used fence that cost almost as much as a brand new one.
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