DIY Fencing – Is It Worth It?

Posted by Networx Team | Jan 01, 2011
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A fence can serve many purposes. It can provide privacy for your yard, security against intruders and burglars, and safety for your children or pets. Fences come in a variety of materials and styles, and each has its own advantages. However, not all fences will serve the same function or will fit your home’s needs. Therefore, it’s important to consult with a professional fencing contractor. But what if you want to take on the project alone? While this may save you money, there are a few things to take into consideration.

Do It Yourself

There are many build-it-yourself fencing kits available from home improvement stores. For the most part, the fences offered in the kits are vinyl, as this is the easiest type of fence to install. However, installing a sturdy fence could be a very length process. A fence is a big investment that, if installed correctly, can raise the value of your home and last a very long time. Therefore, without experience and knowledge of construction and fence installation, you may be getting in over your head and end up wasting time and money.


Almost all fences need post-holes. These are holes in the ground in which the fence posts are placed. It’s essential that the holes be evenly spaced and leveled before installing the posts. This is a very difficult task, and if not performed correctly will result in a crooked, unsteady fence. If you’re still intent on installing a fence on your own, it may be a good idea to hire a contractor to at least dig the post-holes. The contractor will be able to do the task quickly and efficiently, and will now how to avoid tree roots, pipes and wiring, and how to avoid intruding on a neighbor's property line. Otherwise, you may find yourself accidentally bursting a pipe when you attempt to dig, necessitating the help of a plumber.


The layout of your yard has a big effect on your fence. If there are areas that drop or become elevated in height, you’ll want to adjust the length of the fence posts and/or the height of the fence accordingly. This means you’ll need different sized posts and fences, something not available if you purchase a DIY kit, and difficult to estimate if you buy the materials on your own.

Laws and Regulations

Most cities have laws regarding the building of fences – how high, what kind of material and how close they can be to a neighbor’s property. Before installing a fence it’s important to clarify these laws or hire an experienced contractor who is familiar with them.

If you lack experience with building fences it’s highly recommended that you contact a professional. Building and/or installing a fence on your own can end up being much more costly than if you had hired a professional to do the job. There are many factors to take into account, including fence regulations, the time and money you will need to invest, and the type of fence that is right for your home’s needs and climate. Consult with a professional fencing contractor and ask for estimates and advice on installing a fence on your property.

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