Websites that provide free fence installation cost calculators include Homewyse.com and RemodelingExpense.com. These websites require you to input some basic information about the desired fence, including length, style and the installation ZIP code. The cost calculators return material, labor, total and per-foot cost estimates.
Online cost calculators can give you a basic idea of how much you should pay for fence installation. Factors that affect fence pricing include fencing length, material and the number of posts that must be dug. Other factors, such as variation in the terrain of the fencing perimeter, may add to the cost of installation in ways that are difficult to estimate using a simple online calculator.
Once you have identified a reasonable range of installation expenses, begin to collect quotes from local fencing companies. According to Angie's List, reputable contractors should offer to provide a free estimate of installation costs, including breakdowns of the cost of materials and labor, and how long the job will take. Angie's List recommends that consumers collect quotes from between three and five fencing companies for comparison. In addition to providing a detailed breakdown of installation costs, a fencing company representative should also be able to answer questions about permitting, warranties, and working with utility companies.