How Much Does Fence Removal Cost?
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Over time, a fence can start to wither away and deteriorate. While fences can give you, your children, and your pets a safe environment, a broken and dilapidated fence can actually pose safety hazards. Fences are also meant for privacy, but fences with missing panels or boards will not be able to accomplish this. Another reason that people choose to install a fence is to improve the look of the home; a broken or rotten fence will do the opposite. Whether it is because of the weather conditions or the age, a fence that is broken or worn out will have to be removed if you plan on installing a new one. If you do not plan to install a new one, the old one can be torn down to rid your yard of the unsightly look of the fence. While on the surface it may seem to be an easy job to do, you need to remember all the foundation and concrete work that went into installing the fence since this makes it much harder to remove. Many people choose to pay a professional to do the job instead.
How much is it?
- On average, the cost of removing a fence will depend on the type of fence, the size of the yard and the contractor that you chose. On average, plan on spending around $1 to $2 per foot of fence that needs to be removed. Since all jobs are unique, consider getting multiple quotes from contractors in your area on HomeAdvisor.com. So for a 200-foot fence, plan on spending anywhere from $200 to $400 to remove the entire fence.
- For example, on Askmehelpdesk.com, a user stated that they were quoted $400 for 188 feet of fencing.
- AllCostData.info has a list of previous cost ranges that vary anywhere from $0.65 to $12 per linear feet.
What is going to be included?
- Contractors will tear down any fencing, along with tearing up any concrete left behind in the post holes with a drill or jack hammer. Once the cement is removed, the holes will be filled with dirt. If you want to save money, some may leave the cement behind and simply bury it. Depending on the contract, the company may or may not haul away the debris for you.
- If you plan on installing a new fence, leaving the concrete in the ground may pose a problem. Since most fences are standard sizes, the posts will be about the same distance apart and will most likely run into the old post holes at some point. If this is true removing the old concrete will not be an option but a necessity.
What are the extra costs?
- Most contractors should include hauling away fees; however, if they do not, hauling could cost upwards of $300 depending on the size of the job.
- Chain link fences are often easier than a wood fence. Different materials will affect the pricing per foot.
- Removing larger gates can add to the cost.
- The higher the fence typically is, the more it is going to cost.
- Of course, if a new fence has to be installed, additional fees can apply.
- Applying for permits can be extra depending on local laws.
Tips to know:
- Explore your options before removing a fence. If you are removing a fence to put up a new one, there could be some repair options you can take advantage of. By talking with a professional, you should be able to see what your options are.
- Another option is to use the existing posts (assuming they are in good condition) and putting up new fence sections. This will save money on fence removal and installation.
- There are many places online that can give you tips and easy ways to remove fencing and posts from your property.
- Before removing a fence or putting up a new one, be sure to check local zoning laws.
- When hiring a professional, make sure that he is licensed, has referrals, and tries to talk with customers that have worked with them in the past.
How can I save money?
- Taking down a fence is extremely easy to do. While the work can be time consuming, consider renting a roll-off dumpster and doing the job yourself. If you do not want to rent a dumpster, consider putting the wood up on the “free” section of Craigslist.org. There may be locals who are interested in hauling away the wood for their own use.
- When hiring any professional service, always try to get at least three to five quotes before proceeding. Most contractors will be more than happy to come to the job site to give you an estimate.
- If you are also going to have a fence installed, hire the same company to do both the removal and installation.
- Do not forget to search for first-time customer discounts or promotions.