Go It Alone or Hire a Pro? Installing a New Fence

Fencing can add privacy and curb appeal to any home. Is installing a new fence a project you should tackle yourself, however, or should you hire a professional? It’s not as simple as you may think.


Depending on the type of fence you want, installation can be simple, or it could require some heavy lifting. It’s certainly a task some homeowners could do themselves. However, it’s not for everyone.

It’s OK to do it yourself if:

  • You are installing a decorative garden fence or a temporary fence with “spike” posts that don’t require digging.
  • You know how to prepare quick-mix concrete, if necessary.
  • You’re able to dig postholes, and you have access to the appropriate tools.
  • You’re fencing in a relatively small area, and you have someone to help you.

You should hire a pro if:

  • You need to fence in a large area requiring multiple postholes.
  • Soil or drainage conditions make proper post installation a challenge.
  • You’re installing a large or heavy type of fence, like a tall wooden picket fence.

Installing decorative fencing in your garden or yard is a fairly basic project that most homeowners can accomplish in a weekend. However, if you’re considering a chain-link, picket or prefabricated vinyl fence with posts that must be securely anchored in the ground, hiring a professional is the best way to ensure that the job is done right.



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