Can You Install A Fence Yourself?
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If you're trying to decide whether or not you should have your fence professionally built, or whether you should do it yourself, you might be thinking about the magical personal touch that a DIY fence project might bring to your yard. However, you may also consider DIY as a choice because you're thinking about cold hard cash. Are you just going to save money by installing your own fence? The response to this question depends on the type of fence you are building and the method you are using.
When you hire a contractor to install a fence, you're not just paying for the materials. You pay them for their labour, too. If you opt for a DIY installation, your only cost is material, but you're going to pay with your own labor! If you're constructing a fence from scratch, it might be a lot of work. New DIYers also underestimate the amount of time a project takes, so you have to weigh the tradeoff. Theoretically, the project might only take a week, but chances are you'll face some unforeseen obstacles along the way. Your time is important and could be more profitable if you spend it on your own non-enforcement jobs. The less experienced you are with carpentry, drilling, and other activities involved in constructing a fence, the harder it would be to build a fence quickly.
For others, the importance of that DIY personal touch would cancel all else because the challenge is just what they want. For this reason , some people could choose the most realistic approach possible. Whether time and money are the most important factors depends on your own resources and what you value individually.
Many DIYers notice that they don't know their yards as intimately as they think they do before they get started with their fencing ventures. In reality, installing your own fence is a great way to get really close to your yard. Perhaps your soil is rockier than expected and therefore more difficult to dig into. Or maybe you end up incorrectly encountering cable wiring where you thought you were in the clear. (Of course, planning your yard and getting the utilities numbered will help avoid this, however unexpected surprises happen.)
A competent fence contractor knows how to manage any unforeseen problems efficiently, maybe more efficiently than you do. Addressing challenges will add time and likely money, particularly if you need to go out and buy a tool that you didn't expect to need. It is possible, however, to save money by renting out some of these tools. Renting a post hole auger will help you dig straight holes and probably prevent tipping the fence. Even if it takes time, there's no reason why you can't learn to be a master fence builder. After all, they all have to start somewhere.
DIY doesn't have to be a monumental undertaking that takes an exorbitant amount of time and resources. If you want the best of both worlds, there are a few intermediary choices. DIY isn't any of it or nothing! You should select your level of involvement on the basis of your strengths and weaknesses. Pre-made DIY fence kits like EZ Fence 2 Go give you everything you need to build your fence. These kits are designed to make the process as simple as possible, and using one doesn't mean you don't do it yourself. Don't be embarrassed that you need a little support.
Pre-made DIY fence kits are available in a range of materials, from wood to vinyl and aluminum. They come with panels or parts that clip together quickly, and their directions are written in such a way that non-experts can obey them. Without a pack, the material you select would have an immense effect on the ease of installation. Aluminum fences are also considered the simplest to install — you simply have to assemble pieces of rails instead of, say, cutting your own wood and then nailing it together. However, a wood fence kit will give you a natural look while making the process painless.
Drawbacks of building your own fence
Installing a fence on your own is not without problems. Although you could save money on labor costs that would go to a business, you're going to spend your own time setting up a fence. Bear in mind that most fence installers have teams of several people who help make the process quicker. If it's just you and a friend or two, you could be looking at a few serious hours of hard work.
If you're totally new to the DIY fence building, you're going to do a lot of research beforehand. You'll need to make sure you're using the right products, have all the right equipment, review your local codes, and double check your property lines.
There's also a risk that something could go wrong down the road if your implementation isn't flawless. The cost of making a professional fix or even repairing your fence would make the final cost higher than if you had just employed them first.
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