How Much Does it Cost to Fence a Yard?

When fencing in your yard, you need to consider items such as fencing material, amount of materials needed, delivery and installation fees, and the function of the fence.

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Home with picket fence


White Picket Fence
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Tall white fence surrounding property

Consider how much to spend on a fence based on the purpose it will serve. Decide whether the fence is for privacy, security or for looks. If you're buying a fence for looks, you probably won't need to spend as much as you would for a privacy or security fence. For example, a 6-foot high cedar wood privacy fence can cost around $5,400, while a 300-linear foot chain-link fence costs around $2,500, according to


Boy (11-13) and two dogs playing in yard, boy holding ball, side view
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Owner playing with dogs in yard

The material of the fence is a large portion of the price. Vinyl or chain-link fences won't cost as much as high-quality wood fences or stone fences. Each type of fence has its positives and negatives. For example, if you need a durable fence, spend a little more money and go with a brick or stone fence. If you need a fence to contain your small dog in the yard, an inexpensive chain link fence will suffice.


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Stacks of metal fencing

The more fencing you need, the more you're going to spend. It's a smart idea to buy some extra fencing in case some of it gets damaged during installation.


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Metal gate leading to home

When looking at fences, consider additional costs. These costs can include gates for vehicles, decorations such as pillars, or excavation and installation fees.

Amanda Williams

Amanda Williams has been writing since 2009 on various writing websites and blogging since 2003. She enjoys writing about health, medicine, education and home and garden topics. Williams earned a Bachelor of Science in biology at East Stroudsburg University in May 2013. Williams is also a certified emergency medical technician.