If you’ve got your sights set on a DIY fence installation on your property, there are a few advantages and disadvantages to consider before diving into the project alone.
Pros of DIY Fence Installation
One of the biggest draws of installing your own fence is that instead of paying a contractor or fence installation company for materials and labor, you’ll only pay for the materials you need to construct the fence.
Another advantage of DIY fencing is that you can add your personal touch by building the fence from scratch. To many, it is a satisfying accomplishment to complete a project from start to finish knowing that they were entirely reliant on themselves.
For those who have the DIY bug but don’t possess the carpentry skills or resources to build fence posts from scratch, DIY fence kits provide a perfect solution. They allow handy folks to install their own fences by following step by step instructions.
Cons of DIY Fence Installation
While there are attractive advantages in DIY fence installation, there are some glaring cons, especially for those who are inexperienced in fence building.
First, it is important to note that instead of paying a professional for the materials and labor, you’ll be putting in hours of work yourself. So while you save money, you lose time, which may be more costly in the long run.
A second drawback to consider is that you may encounter unpredictable roadblocks throughout the project that will add time and expenses that you didn’t plan for:
-You may find that the soil in your yard is rocky, making it difficult to dig the necessary holes for fence posts.
– Underground wiring that was previously unknown to you may require you to stop and change the layout plan of the fence.
– Discovering that you don’t have the appropriate tools, such as a post hole auger, may increase both the time and money spent as you’ll need to delay work until you buy, rent, or borrow the right tools for the job.
Finally, it is no secret that those with little experience in digging, carpentry, and the use of tools will struggle greatly with a DIY fence installation project.