Picket Fence Costs

Installing a fence around your property helps keep out strays and prying eyes, and keep in your own loved ones and other valuables. Good fences make good neighbors!

The picket fence is a classic design with vertical boards (the pickets) mounted with open spacing on horizontal rails that are supported at vertical posts set in the ground.

You will find that the cost to install an average vinyl picket fence depends upon the length of fence, number of corners and gates, the accessibility of the terrain to be fenced, and the labor rate.

In the following tables the Labor Cost figures are what the able DIY person should expect to save by performing the complete installation.

Perimeter fence: to enclose a 60’x120’ city lot with 360 feet of 36” tall vinyl picket fence and one drive-through gate.

ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
Vinyl picket fence: 1-1/2" pickets with 2" spacing, 2 rails of 2x4, 4x4 posts at 8' OC; concrete post holes; including waste.$12.10per foot380$4,597
Gates: 1 driveway gate, made up of 2 units 4' wide x 36" tall and with closing latches.$337each2$674
Equipment rental: power post-hole digger; and power cement mixer.$25per day5$125
Material Cost$14.99per foot360$5,396
+ Labor Cost$38per hour80$3,040
Total Cost$23.43per foot360$8,436


Perimeter fence: to enclose a 60’ x 120’ city lot with 360 feet of 60” tall vinyl picket fence and one drive-through gate.

ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
Vinyl picket fence: 1-1/2" pickets with 2" spacing, 2 rails of 2x4, 4x4 posts at 8' OC; concrete post holes; including waste.$16.51per foot380$6,273
Gates: 1 driveway gate, made up of 2 units 4' wide x 60" tall and with closing latches.$476each2$952
Equipment rental: power post-hole digger; and power cement mixer.$25per day5$125
Material Cost$20.42per foot360$7,350
+ Labor Cost$38per hour80$3,040
Total Cost$28.86per foot360$10,390


Other considerations and costs

  • Taxes and permit fees are not included.
  • Be certain of property line location and local regulations regarding fence installation setback and regarding concrete post-footing requirements.

DIY considerations

  • This installation may be suitable for able DIY persons.
  • It requires at least two physically able and prepared persons with special fencing tools and alignment skills in addition to concrete mixing and hole-digging.

References

  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2015.
  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
  • Literature review of DIY Web sites.

Cost to install picket fence in my city

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