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Jun 10, 2007
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Reasonable cost for a 6ft wood fence

Hi,

My neighbor wants to share the costs for a 6ft fence with lattice at the top. Her brother (contractor) is going to do the work, but she wants $1100 for it (I guess it would be $2200 total). The fence will be roughly 40-50ft. Is that a reasonable price?

Thanks!
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Cost should be around $25 per linear foot, so 50ft of fence @ $1100 would be $22 per foot your cost. Sounds like she's trying to get you to pay for it all :cheesygri
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glenn8 wrote:
Oct 7th, 2009 12:16 pm
Is that a reasonable price?
No.

I am assuming it will be constructed using pressure treated lumber, 4x4 posts, 5ft boards, and 1ft of lattice on top.
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Thanks guys. I figured it seemed a tad high.
mork wrote:
Oct 7th, 2009 12:56 pm
No.

I am assuming it will be constructed using pressure treated lumber, 4x4 posts, 5ft boards, and 1ft of lattice on top.
What in your opinion would be a reasonable price range? Especially if her brother is doing the work for free on her side.
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We had fence-building party last year that included about 4 consecutive houses and I've got a pretty detailed spreadsheet on the costs, right down to screws/brackets/etc for each section.

It was PT with 6ft boards, 4x4 posts and materials worked out to just shy of $11 per linear foot. Lumber prices, of course, are the biggest contributor and may be different now. We did not have any labour costs and I did not track the time spent.
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She gave me more info: $1300 for materials, $1000 for labour... I think she's trying to get me to pay for all the labour or something...
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Why not get a quote from someone else and then compare it against what your neighbour is quoting?
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Guess it depends on material costs, but out in Edm it's about $30-40 a linear foot without the lattice depending on who you quote with. So if you're not pitching in any labour yourself, you should expect 15-20+ a linear foot, I know lattice isn't cheap. But that was for 4x6 posts as well.
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glenn8 wrote:
Oct 7th, 2009 1:53 pm
She gave me more info: $1300 for materials, $1000 for labour... I think she's trying to get me to pay for all the labour or something...
Is that price for pressure treated wood or cedar? Are your posts going to be 6 by 6" or 4 by 4"? Does your neighbor's brother have any references? Too many horror stories to just take someone's word about quality. Get things checked out. For your reference the going rate here in the GTA for a 5' pressure treated wooden fence with a 1' lattice top is between $25 to $28 per linear foot.
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I usually rough this stuff to see if I'm getting take in ...

A prebuilt cedar fence panel is roughly $100 for 8 ft. That is $12 per ft. Double that for labour and you are looking at about $25 per ft ... or roughly $1250 for the entire 50ft.

hmmm ... unless she can justify the increase in price
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but I think if you were to hire someone to put in ceder, it would be roughly $45/linear ft. That was what our neighbor got quoted for their cedar fence.
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glenn8 wrote:
Oct 7th, 2009 1:53 pm
She gave me more info: $1300 for materials, $1000 for labour... I think she's trying to get me to pay for all the labour or something...
Yeah she's definitely trying to get you to pay for the whole thing. You should get a few prices for the same thing then get back to her...if she still insists you hire your contractor and tell her to pay up.
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Will you each get invoiced? IOW, will you even be able to claim this for a home reno tax credit?

I hate these "my brother is a contractor" lines - even when they're true. It seems that her half is her brother's work - the fee for which will be waived. Now, this might be fair if the price was reasonable, there was a written quote, and you got a receipt and warranty. Otherwise, I'd just say that I wasn't comfortable with the quote and move on.
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Too many unknowns
what are the posts? 4x4, 5x5 or 6x6?
6ft high is standard
is it complete privacy type?

I was quoted $23/sq ft 4x4 with lattice
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5x5 with full privacy and lattice $25
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5x5 with full privacy $26
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I rejected her offer. At the end of the day, I just want a normal fence of decent quality. Nothing fancy. :) I actually got a quote from a local place (fenceall.com) and they would have installed the same fence for ~$2000 taxes included. So I'm sure I can get it for cheaper if I shop around some more.
Thanks for all the info guys!
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