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Cost of Installing a Split Rail Fence

We have everything you need to know about the cost of installing a split rail fence in your yard. Split rail fences can be used to contain livestock or they can be purely decorative. Use the information below to get a better idea of how much your project will cost.

How Much Should I Pay for a Split Rail Fence?

Answer: The average cost of split rail fence installation is determined by several factors. Most fence contractors charge a fixed fee per linear foot. However, there are a number of factors that can either increase or decrease the cost, including:

1. Where you live. Your geographic location may influence the cost of building your fence. For example, prices for labor and materials are typically higher in urban areas.

2. Permitting. Local building codes vary from by state and even by county. However, any permit inspection fees (if necessary) should be included in the contractor’s quote. Before beginning your project, you may need to read up on the fence guidelines set by your homeowner’s association (or HOA).

3. Boundary survey. Before building a fence, you may need to enlist the services of a land surveyor to mark the boundaries of your property. The surveyor will put up stakes along your property line to simplify the work of the fence contractor. If you need a survey, this will add to the cost of your fence project.

4. Fence material. Most split rail fences are made from wood. Cedar, pine, and spruce are the most commonly used species of wood. In some cases, vinyl and composite materials can be used to construct a similar style fence. However, the more durable materials come at a higher price point.

5. Soil conditions and obstructions. How difficult will it be to dig the post holes? Difficult soil conditions (rocks, clay, etc.) may increase the cost of the project. If there are any obstructions blocking the fence’s path, it may cost extra to have these removed. For example, tree removal and any additional land clearing will come at an additional cost.

6. Linear footage of fencing needed. Most contractors base their quote on the linear footage of fencing required. The larger the yard, the more fencing you’ll need. All of the components needed to construct the fence should be included (rails, posts, and hardware). Also, taller fences, that require more materials, tend to be more expensive.

7. Number of gates. The cost of installing a gate is not typically included in the standard price. Each gate will come at an additional cost.

8. Compare multiple quotes. Before hiring any professional, it’s important to get several estimates for the project. Keep in mind that the lowest bid isn’t always the best deal. Take some time to carefully review the quotes before making a final decision.

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