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Old 11-13-2013, 11:53 AM   #1
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Cost estimate of a fence


Hey guys!
I received the following quote from a vendor for a fence:
(Back) 5 panels, 6 posts $660.00
(Left side) 6 panels, 9 posts gate included $795.00 .

Is this a good estimate?
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Old 11-13-2013, 12:14 PM   #2
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That sounds cheap to me. Doesn't look like you even have posts! Just a long 2x6 buried in the ground. If that's what he going to give you (an exact replacement), then you're getting what you're paying for. But realize a fence constructed that way has hardly any chance of survival. So, it's impossible to guess at whether the quote is reasonable or not because we don't know to what extent is he going to "replace" the fence. If he's going to install proper posts, with proper footings, for the price you quoted, then it's a bargain, IMO. Most of the labor is in the posts. Careful marking, digging, mixing concrete, standing and aligning posts, pouring concrete and letting it set (means the project will likely span two days).

Mind you...a bargain may be something to shy away from. Most of the time, you get what you pay for.

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Old 11-13-2013, 12:16 PM   #3
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Get multiple quotes - compare - select.
Be sure and check reference of similar projects done recently.
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Sounds awfully cheap for someone who is insured and licensed to do it correctly. Including the demolition of what's there? That's a biggie, as dumpster costs can be high in a lot of urban locations. What type of soil conditions? Clay is a lot easier to dig holes in than rock! What type of finishing/sealing for the fence after the install?

Check with the licensing board, and ask him for copies of his insurance documents, which you then double check with the company in question. If this is a single guy operation, one of those augers is a bear to handle by yourself and someone who doesn't know what they are doing can get hurt big time. If he doesn't have insurance.......
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Good advise. Got it. Thank you!
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There's really no way to say whether it's a good estimate or not. Depending on where you live, that could be extremely high, or, it could be extremely low. What type of materials? Are the materials pressure-treated? Is it cedar? Is it vinyl? Just no way to even ballpark it with such little information.
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Get more quotes and you will know if it's a good price.
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Is it just me or has this site gone from being a DIY site to a site that gives quotes on contracting work out, and then talking about getting screwed by contractors?
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Is it just me or has this site gone from being a DIY site to a site that gives quotes on contracting work out, and then talking about getting screwed by contractors?
I'm guilty of both. The ONE thing I hired out to a contractor got royally F-d up. Back to doing everything myself with the help of you all.

Going off this thread, I assume she is in the Ft. Worth, TX area which is a lot cheaper than where I am at. Looking at the rest of her posts, it's all "is this a fair quote?" threads. Eh.
Cost Estimate for 5 sheets of siding and boards:1400$

Looking at this thread she says San Diego. Who knows.
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I'm in the D.C./Baltimore area. I can tell you based on the cost of my materials HERE what that would cost, assuming it's a standard 6' tall 1x4 cedar privacy fence, 4x4x10 posts, 6x6x10 gate posts, 80 lb bag of concrete per post, with ~8' spans between posts.

The "6 panels, 9 posts" isn't really matching up with the left side there. You also didn't specify how large this gate would be, and if it's a double gate.

Either way, I'm coming up with $1,050 in materials alone, NOT including the cedar 2x4s & pickets for the gate, hinges, or gate hardware. Tack on 200% for labor and you're looking at a $3150 (+ gate) fence where I live.
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Is it just me or has this site gone from being a DIY site to a site that gives quotes on contracting work out, and then talking about getting screwed by contractors?
The sad part is....someone will always give them the information they want.

I just don't respond to those questions any longer.
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exactly - who-t-f knows other'n someone in her area who's also looked at her specific work
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IMO, you guys are getting worked up over nothing. Life is not black and white. Yes; usually, it's pointless to give someone an estimate over the internet. That's why there's a sticky post on the subject. However, in some cases, the project is simple enough that one can make a pretty good guess. The material list is short and the amount of labor is fairly predictable, and pictures have been provided. For gods sake, it's a fence, not a kitchen reno. Giving the high-end of an estimate is pointless (you can spend $10K for a 100 foot fence). Giving the low-end is a different story. You can't build a 100 foot fence for $10 (without free labor and materials.)

Anyway, I think there are plenty of more serious things to get worked up about. You may want to look around.
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Not "worked up" as you put it.
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