How Much Does Fence Removal Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 9, 2018

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Over time, a fence can start to wither away and deteriorate.

While fences can offer a safe environment, a broken and dilapidated fence can actually pose safety hazards.

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 at least get rid of the unsightly look.

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How much does fence removal cost?

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.  This is the quote for any type of fencing material, whether it’s a chain link, barbed wire or wood.  Since all jobs are unique, consider getting multiple quotes for free from contractors in your area by using HomeAdvisor.com.  Simply explain your job and contractors will contact you with free quotes.

For example, on this Askmehelpdesk.com forum thread, a forum member stated that they were quoted $400 to remove 188 feet of fencing.

Fence removal overview

Contractors will tear down any fencing, along with tearing up any concrete left behind in the post holes with a drill or jackhammer.  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.

Before removing a fence or putting up a new one, be sure to check local zoning laws when doing so.

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 on the “free” section of Craigslist or a relatable website to see if anyone is willing to take it.

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. When hiring a professional, make sure that he or she is licensed, has referrals, and tries to talk with customers that have worked with them in the past.

If you are also going to have a fence installed, hire the same company to do both the removal and installation.


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  1. Kaitlin (Huntington Beach,  California) paid $5000 and said:

    Lots of money was spent. It was all worth it in the end because the school looks great!

    Was it worth it? Yes

  2. Greg (Des moines,  Iowa) paid $625 and said:

    $625.00 for 40ft

    Was it worth it? Yes

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