Forget DIY Fence Building - Hire a Pro
Common DIY Fencing Challenges and Mistakes
Thinking of installing a fence on your own? You may want to reconsider that decision.
Putting up a new fence can seem like a straightforward project, at first.
City building codes, property lines, underground utilities, ground composition, and the topography of the land can all affect how a fence should be built.
We understand the motivation to build your own fence, typically saving money is one of the top reasons.
Before we get into the many issues homeowners run into when trying to build their own fence, let’s look at a few reasons why people need to get a new fence in the first place.
Reasons for Building a New Fence
There are all kinds of reasons people build fences; getting a new puppy, wanting a safe area for kids to play in the backyard, making a property more private, containing livestock….the list goes on and on.
Whatever your reason for building a new fence, the reality is that you are likely to experience stress doing it yourself.
I’m sure we all agree that stress is not good for anyone.
Reality TV Makes Building a Fence Look Easy
Building your own fence is anything but an easy DIY project!
Many homeowners have been inspired by the reality stars on HGTV that make building a fence yourself look ‘oh so easy’, many well-intentioned homeowners start out opting for the ‘do it yourself’ method as a result of wanting to cut labor costs and have the satisfaction of building something with their own two hands.
Of course, this is a great option for those with a background in carpentry, but for the average homeowner, building a fence from scratch typically equates to them biting off more than they can chew.
The crew here at Liberty Fence Co. has seen A LOT of DIY jobs gone wrong, and we’ve had to swoop in to clean up plenty of DIY ‘fails’. That’s why we’re here with some tips and points to consider BEFORE committing to a DIY fence building project.
Saving Money by Doing a DIY Fence Building Project
Your "Savings" may not be as big as you think!
One of the biggest motivators for the majority of homeowners that opt for a DIY approach to fence installation is price. We understand wanting to save money!
In many people’s mind, hiring a fence company equates to throwing money down the drain on labor costs.
Paying in Blood, Sweat & Tears
Those who have tackled any DIY home improvement project on their own know that things don’t always go as planned.
Unexpected challenges (and costs!) can pop up at any moment. What you envisioned as a speedy weekend project can easily turn into a month of frustration and headache. In the end, unforeseen problems or faulty instillation may result in having to hire a professional.
Unforeseen challenges equal time, and time equals money. What’s your time really worth?
If you build a fence without reading up on local restrictions or assessing safety concerns (example: building a metal fence underneath power lines!), there could be serious roadblocks or even an accident.
Many DIY fencers have ended up unsuspectingly digging into underground utility cables or worse yet: septic systems. As you can imagine, that stinks in more ways than one!
Digging is Hard Work
Some start digging and realize their soil is much rockier than expected. At that point, they end up going out to buy or rent tools or stick with a shovel and pay in chiropractor visits later. Either way could end up racking up extra cost and pain.
You Need a Stable Fence
DIY Fence Builders are to be commended for their valiant efforts on home improvement projects. It’s respectable to put the shovel to the dirt. That being said, nothing can replace the quality that comes with having a professional install your fence.
Here’s the tricky part:
Some DIY fencers dig all their posts and get their fence up, only to be disappointed in a couple years when big sections start sagging gets damaged by the next big storm. That is because installing a fence requires more planning and precision than meets the eye. You don’t just need posts. You need posts that are placed at key spots, at the proper distance, and that are set deep and straight.
The professionals at Liberty Fence have the tools and the know-how to build stable, strong fences that will stand the test of time.
Let Liberty Fence do the Heavy Lifting
The seasoned professionals at Liberty Fence Co. have been installing fences in Fargo and Moorehead for decades (not to mention decks, pergolas, and gazebos). We are experienced in all kinds of fencing, and we approach every job with the unique needs of the homeowner in mind. We know the landscape and challenges that come with building a fence in this area. We also know the building codes, how to get the locate’s done on utilities and plumbing, and have seen it all when it comes to building fences.
We take just as much pride in making your home look attractive as you do. Our team will take a careful look at your property to assess the particular needs and specifications of the job. We will offer our professional suggestions and recommendations prior to any installation.
When we arrive for your onsite installation, you will know exactly how long it will take, what we need from you, and what you can expect from us. We’ll keep you informed throughout the project. Your new fence will be sturdy and pristine, and it won’t cost you precious time.
Don’t frustrate yourself or end up with a never-ending project.
Schedule Your FREE Fencing Estimate today – You’ll be glad you did!