There are many decisions to make when it comes to installing a fence on your property. One of the most important questions is, who is going to install the fence, yourself or have it professionally done. 

You may think installing a fence yourself may save you a few bucks, but you may be surprised, there are quite a few things that go into putting up a fence. 

Zoning, Permits, and HOA

Fence Central Wood styleBefore any project starts, you need to be aware of any regulations concerning fencing. HOAs typically have restrictions on the type and height of the fence. A permit is usually required from the county. 

Property and Utility Lines 

Establishing property lines, knowing where the underground utility, water and sewer lines are required. The last thing you want is to pound in a post and hit a water pipe. 

Grading the Area 

There are very few properties that are completely flat. After the fence line has been precisely determined and staked to identify the location of the posts, grading must be addressed. Depending on the steepness of the grade, it can affect the fence design.

Other Preparation Costs 

This includes possibly relocated any trees or plants, tools and equipment for digging through the terrain, pouring concrete, purchasing the fence materials, (stakes, nails, screws, posts, connectors, concrete, and the fence itself). 


The amount of labor that goes into installing a fence is often underestimated. Even those pre-made fence kits or fence in a box, have unexpected challenges. When was the last time you dug in rocky soil? Especially when the temperature feels like it’s in the triple digits. 

In the beginning installing your own fence may save you a few bucks in the beginning, it may end up costing you in other ways. 

A professionally installed fence gives you piece of mind. Not only a guarantee that it is installed properly and won’t fall down in the first strong wind or storm, and a warranty on the materials. Contact Fence Central for more information.