My daughter just called and they are looking to install a fence around their
yard (Delaware OH area). They are looking at 280 feet of 4 ft vinyl picket
fence, with one gate. The first estimate they got was an astromomical (at
least to me!) $12,450! I guestimated closer to $5000 when I checked the
price at Lowes of the type they were looking at and doubled it for the
Ay thoughts on whether this is even a reasonable estimate (mine or theirs?)
My neighbor did a guesstimate on 40 ft. of vinyl across his front porch. He
came up with $500 pricing out the 4ft. high with a couple posts. When I
asked if he included connectors for attaching the fence to the sleeves, the
4x4's treated which the vinyl covers _slip_ over, the vinyl sleeves (posts)
themselves, the plates for the 4x4's,lags & shields, the vinyl caps for on
top of the sleeves, and a few other items that slip my mind at the moment,
his answer was _no_. After writing down all the needed material, his cost
was a little over $1,300.00. Far cry from his guesstimate. Throwing around
figures is meaningless unless you price out ALL the materials needed. Lesson
here is don't guesstimate. Get all your ducks in a row b/4 second guessing.
Truthfully, $5k doesn't sound close.
Yup. I included all the 'fix'ins' for the installation. Even padded it for
the requisite 4 cases of beer to reward my friends for their hard work
(AFTER the job's done of course!). Still no where near the $12K! Best
thing is to go for another 'official' estimate, and them maybe take their
list to lowes to see what they can do.
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