In today’s times, you can never be too careful about guarding your property against trespassing and robbery, and the first line of defense for the average homeowner is metal fencing around the grounds. Not only does it discourage outsiders from being too nosy, but it also gives you and the family, the much-needed feeling of safety and privacy.
Now, if you set out to do it yourself, quite frankly, you’ll never get it done quite correctly. Fencing your house requires specialized equipment, trained professionals, and, most importantly, a budget that works for you. I say this because there are various kinds of high-quality metal fencing available for installation, and it all depends on how much you value your property. The average cost of building a fence around an average size area is about $2500. If you’re savvy, you can shave as much as $1000 off it, or if you want to go all the way, it’s about $4500 if done by expert professionals, and that is what I recommend you do. It will save you a ton of money in the long run in maintenance costs and upkeep.
Metal Fence Installation Factors:
- Parts: the fence contractor is responsible for acquiring the desired components, and this will be changed later to you. A mark-up fee is usually asked for; however, relief comes in the guise of discounts, which make the investment worthwhile.
- Permit: please ensure you have a license from the municipality, and these usually come for about $800.
- Grading: take note of the gradient of the landscape around your house because if it is high, installation costs go up.
- Services: it is essential to ensure that your fencing doesn’t get in the way of essential services like water and electricity. This will not only cause problems, but you might also be inviting trouble from the civic body.
- Labor: usually, professional fence installers charge per foot for materials, and the labor and materials are clubbed together.
Height Of The Fence:
Six feet is the standard height for a metal fence. This serves a dual purpose; very few people can actually “peek” into your property, and there are minimal chances of pets hurdling over it.
Size Of The Property:
It is advisable to hire a land surveyor to estimate the size of your property accurately, and you can get this done for about $650-$700. I stress upon this exercise because it will save you legal trouble if the fencing is done out of bounds. This will have an adverse financial rebound effect, and you’ll find yourself shuttling between hearings and work. On the other hand, if you under measure your property, you stand to lose and will have to hire professional help again to rectify the mistakes, which were a result of your negligence. Nobody to blame but yourself here!
Professional Metal Fencing:
Metal fencing can be of two types, chain link, and metal. If going for a basic and affordable fence, then chain link fences are ok, as they require minimal maintenance and have a relatively long lifespan. However, it is needless to say that they will part like butter under the hands of a professional burglar with a pair of wire clippers. The best choice in my experience is a metallic coated Estate fencing, which is a kind of steel fencing and has a different design than a typical chain link fence. It is sturdier and less prone to break in’s. The fence cost per linear foot for metal fences is $7per linear foot for the fence and $10 per linear foot for labor. Keep these estimates in mind when calling a professional over to set up your metal fencing.