Fences are a functional and aesthetically pleasing part of any property. Designed to define boundaries, offer security, promote privacy and reduce noise, installing a fence can add significant value to your home or business.

Whether you’re wanting to erect a fence to change the dynamics of your property’s exterior, turn your backyard into a private retreat or keep your home safe from intruders, it can be a costly project so it’s essential to consider the following advice.

Homeowners are always looking for ways to cut costs and a fencing project is no exception. The cost of your fence is determined by a number of factors including the size of the area you want to fence off, the materials you want and appearance you desire.

So how do you find the best deal for your needs? A few adjustments to your fencing brief can go a long way in ensuring your fencing project is more affordable. Consider the following tips to get the fence you want while keeping your spend within budget.

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1. Consider the purpose of your fence
Before you hunt around for the best fencing contractor, you need to have a clear understanding of what you’re setting out to achieve. It’s the first and most important step to define your budget and figure out where you can cut costs. Are you wanting to keep the dog in the backyard? Do you want something that just looks great and boosts kerb appeal? Are security and privacy your main priorities?

If it’s kerb appeal you’re after, you can get away with installing the fence across the front of the garden for aesthetically pleasing results. Instead of running the fence all around the property and boundary lines you can minimise expenses by using fast growing, dense bushes to close the gaps around the side.

If your new fence is going to be along the dividing line of your property you can share the costs with the neighbour. Whilst you will both have to agree on the style and fencing materials, it can be beneficial for homeowners looking to keep costs low, especially when your neighbour will benefit from the new addition too. Consider sharing the costs multiple ways if the fence is going around the whole property adjoining a few houses.

2. Obtain at least three quotes
As with any investment shopping around is absolutely crucial. Don’t go for the first quote you get. Obtain at least three to make sure you’re getting the best deal. While the cheapest fencing quote can seem like a good option, keep in mind that it’s not always the best one. Consider value for money, quality of the workmanship and ask whether the price includes liability insurance.

Obtaining at least three quotes from different fencing contractors will give you a good understanding of the price range for the job. Just be sure all the quotes are for the same materials so you have an accurate comparison.

3. Look for material alternatives
There’s a huge variety of fencing materials you can consider for your project, depending on its purpose and your needs. If you’re after a privacy or security fence, you’ll want to run it around your whole property for protection, unlike a fence for kerb appeal where you can get away with installing it just in front of your home. Fencing materials will still need to be durable and provide adequate security and protection, but you can cut costs by considering material substitutes.

While steel seems like the most appropriate choice for a security fence, it can come with a hefty price tag. Instead consider aluminium fencing as this is a great cost-effective alternative. Although it’s not as heavy duty as steel, it offers a decent level of security with aesthetically pleasing results. Unlike steel, aluminium fencing offers the best of both worlds it’s lightweight and high strength. Because of these lightweight properties, it can be easily moulded into architectural designs to suit your property’s exterior and add a sense of uniqueness to the fencing design.

Privacy fences can also be constructed with smartwood or vinyl. Although not as robust as aluminium, these materials can be ideal when security is not as high a priority, just make sure the boards have little to no gap to reduce visibility into your home and yard.

4. Check for licensing and accreditation
Getting the best quote for your fencing project shouldn’t just be about cost, you need to make sure you’re getting the highest quality job done too. You want to be dealing with a fencing company you can trust that is also capable of providing expert advice to help you choose the best option for your fencing needs.

Dependable fencing companies with licensing and accreditation will take pride in their work and have a reputation for quality. The company should have liability insurance with professional trade employees. When you obtain a minimum of three quotes for the job, make sure you’re getting them from companies that tick all the boxes not just an appealing price tag.

5. Updating your fence versus replacing it
Another way to cut costs with your fencing project is to determine whether your current fence needs replacing or updating. If it looks like it has seen better days consider giving it a refresh rather than replacing the whole lot. Starting again can seem like a good option especially if your fence isn’t looking too crash hot. But the cost of removing and replacing an entire fence can be an expense you don’t need, when the more economical option can do the trick.

Damaged posts and slats can be easily replaced without having to install a whole new fence. If there’s particular sections that are completely ruined and other parts of the fence that aren’t so bad, sections can be replaced too without having to do a full re-install. If you’re unsure whether you should be replacing or updating your fence, check with your fencing contractor for the best, most cost-effective option.

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This article has been hand crafted by Homely.com.au lifestyle contributor Jayde Ferguson, Jayde is a freelance writer with a passion for outdoor living and entertaining. With a love for design and all things unique, Jayde provides the Homely team with the most up to date changes in property styling trends.

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  1. Thanks for your tips about researching/considering using other fencing materials. My fence will be for privacy more than anything else, so I’ll probably go with vinyl. However, I will check the prices of other fencing materials and how they look before I make my final decision. Are aluminum fences also good for privacy?

  2. I’m glad you gave me an option of using smart wood or vinyl for my fence. I need a fence to protect my privacy but I don’t necessarily love the look of metal or aluminum. I will check with my contractor to see what kind of price range I should expect with all these different types of material. Which material is usually the cheapest?
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  3. I agree that it is important to consider all of the building material options before installing a fence. Wooden fences are great, and my wife likes them the most, but I don’t want to have to deal with repainting etc. So, we are searching for alternatives. My favorite idea is to have a rod iron or aluminum fence and then to plant bushes around the outside for privacy. The best of both worlds, right? http://www.diamondfence.com.au/services/domestic-fencing

  4. Thanks for the helpful information on getting a good fencing quote. I will be needing a new fence for my backyard when I do a large remodel project. I like your tip on finding at least three quotes. The more quotes you have the more likely you are to get companies to start being competitive with each other. I will have to try that out, thanks!

  5. It’s nice to know that there are a large variety of fencing materials and options to choose from. Since there are so many different elements that the fence could be exposed to, having different options helps you keep longevity in mind, and ensures that you’re making the smartest decision. I’ll definitely figure out what’s best for my area so that this addition is money well spent! Thanks for sharing. http://www.strongholdfence.com/productinfo.html

  6. Something I forget to check constantly when I’m hiring contractors is their licensing. I know in the past I’ve had some trouble with botched jobs and since they weren’t accredited or insured for their work I lost out completely. I would definitely recommend that anyone hiring out for work to make sure they are working with licensed professionals.

  7. I really appreciate your tip to get at least three quotes from different companies. I want to put fences and gates around my property, but I know I have to do my research first. Hopefully I can get the fences and gates built with material that is durable. Thanks for the tips!

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  9. Last year I had installed Vinyl Fence for my Garden, I used to follow your given tips to select fence contractor, Affordable Fences Denver had done that job, they are good and found them quite professional.

  10. A debt of gratitude is in order for your tips about inquiring about/considering utilizing other fencing materials. My fence will be for security more than whatever else, so I’ll most likely run with vinyl. In any case, I will check the costs of other fencing materials and what they look like before I settle on my official choice. Are aluminum fences likewise useful for security?

  11. These are really good tips. The biggest factor we experienced was deciding to just replace the boards. We discovered there was really no need to pull up the posts and replaced those too. It really saved up quite a bit of money.

  12. These are really good tips. The biggest factor we experienced was deciding to just replace the boards. We discovered there was really no need to pull up the posts and replaced those too. It really saved up quite a bit of money.

  13. I am sure anyone who would fully go through each and every point of your post won’t have any fear of failure to achieve his goal of cutting costs for his fencing project. Thanks a lot for sharing such a detailed post

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