Okay, so it sounds simple enough … search online, ask a few friends and get at least three estimates.

Well, in the confusing world of home improvement, buying a fence is actually one of the tougher deals to seal because the industry is so fractured (ever hear of a “licensed” fence company?) and estimates vary wildly depending upon expertise, quality of materials and experience of the labor force.

In short, buying a fence is the ultimate exercise in “Let the Buyer Beware.”

So, how do you get this done? We’re just talking about a fence right? Right, and here’s how to buy your fence:

Plan ahead –– This is actually a construction project, not just putting up some wood around your yard. If you want (and we assume you do) a lasting structure, a please view, privacy, and a good value it takes some planning. In our Planning Ahead section we cover some of the checklist items you should consider for jobs big and small. The idea here is to expect the unexpected, have a clear-cut idea of what you want, know what you’re willing to pay, and to be willing to walk way from an estimated price that seems to-good-to-be-true.

Find the Right Contractor –– Much easier said than done. There are a lot of guys driving around in vans who consider themselves fence men, heck even fence companies. Point is, they’re also roofers, yard/tree guys, plumbers and carpenters. In our Preferred Contractors section, we are building a growing number of rock-solid referrals we willingly recommend for getting your estimates. We also go into a bit more detail on how to choose the right contractor here.

Bottom line is you have to


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