How to Give an Estimate to Build a Wooden Fence


To estimate a wooden fence job, you must determine the cost of materials and labor. You will need to measure the dimensions and consider the type of material the client wants to use on their wooden fence.

Step 1

Determine what type of material the customer wants to use. Get specifics, and show the customer prices from at least two suppliers (including delivery costs). Include the cost of any gates the client wants.

Step 2

Measure the perimeter of the fence line. Make a mark with your spray paint every 10 feet. Discuss any obstacles, and options for handling them, with the customer.

Step 3

Calculate fence posts. Place a 4-by-4 inch post every 10 feet at your paint marks, and on either side of any gate.

Step 4

Calculate concrete for posts. You'll need one bag of concrete mix for each fence post.

Step 5

Calculate frame railings. You will need three treated 2-inch-by-4-inch-by-10-foot boards for each 10 feet of fence.

Step 6

Calculate your fencing boards. You will need 20 treated 3/4-inch-by-6-inch-by-8-foot fence boards for every 10 feet of fence.

Step 7

Add one box of 16d galvanized framing nails and one box of galvanized 2-inch deck screws to your bid price.

Step 8

Add up all of the material costs. Multiply the material total by 1 1/2 to get your labor cost. Combine the totals and present your bid to the client.

Tips and Warnings

  • Before starting any work, contact your local underground line-marking service; find out where utility lines are before you dig.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Spray paint
  • Clipboard
  • Calculator
  • Price lists
Keywords: fencing, wood, landscaping, carpentry

About this Author

After learning electronics in the U.S. Navy in the 1980s, Danny Donahue spent a lifetime in the construction industry. He worked with some of the finest construction talent in the Southeastern United States. Donahue has been a freelance writer since 2008, focusing his efforts on his beloved construction projects.

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