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Fences and footage rates.

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Think Green, Nov 2, 2012.

  1. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,746

    I have done plenty of fence jobs and built plenty of gates in my career but it seems lately that things is getting chincy.

    I estimated a job for a customer to install a 55 linear foot 6 foot tall privacy fence.
    The fence posts has to be hand dug as pine trees, walnut trees, and red bud trees are within 3 feet from the posts...............so lots of surface rooting problems.

    I need an honest answer from you members as to the price you would charge per running foot. Keep in mind it will require 6 posts, 6 bags of crete, 12 runners, and using cedar fence boards.
    I made an estimate of 875.00 as this is the rate of our big ticket store's who do installations will charge. I did some customer shopping on the phone.

    The reason for this question, is the customer of 25 years has never became so dollar conscious as to the footage charge. I know that any of you that has done fence before will agree to the hours needed to do this section.......and no, it is not a straight run, it has 3 right angle side along a bordered driveway.

    any and all advise is appreciated.

    There is no gate at all!!! This would be another 80.00 otherwise.
  2. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    I did an estimate for about 60 feet earlier this year, with a gate, ripping out some bushes (easy) for 2500 bucks.

    $850.00 wouldn't have even covered my materials.

    I thought I was high, but turns out they got other estimates and they were anywhere from 2200-2700. So I was right in the ballpark.


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