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Fencing Price per metre

There is a thread on this subject but it 2016. Prices have increased since then. What do you charge per metre for a Closeboard fence with Timber posts and gravel boards Say 2m high. 
or how do you price your jobs?

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  • 3/2.5 x material cost plus 20% depending on access and prep, Waste is extra. I wouldn't install wooden posts without post savers.

    • Sorry could you explain 3/2.5 x material cost 

      • Example:

        £100 x 2.5 = £250.

        £100 X 3 = £300

        Material cost times by 2.5 or 3 plus  20% mark up, equals total cost of materials and including labour. 

         

    • Hi. What area are you in as this seems quite a lot. 
      on my reckoning this works out to £108 per linear metre. Based on 20 metre fence 2 m high 

      • Berkshire

        Work it out on your hourly rate plus materials and mark up, see how that compares. You will find a happy medium. Only do landscaping on a price, or it will leave you open dodgy customers.

        Suspect may local wood yard is more expensive.

        Always price per job, they are all different some Will be straight forward others Will be a pig.

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    This price per metre, or cost per Sq metre cutting lawns is dangerous in my opinion, unless you are running teams of people, I tried it for a time - and to be honest made more money by not doing it.

    I used a simple spreadsheet - all the materials I would need + a generous 10% for safety, and the materals priced at retail.

    After that it is how long is it going to take? Is the ground rough, does it need clearing, is this a new fence line, or are there post foundations to be dug out or worked around. Are you working in someones prize flower border, what is the time of the year, 40 degrees heat, or a mud bath in the winter, how desperate are you for the work, is it an existing client... do they want a cheap and dirty job or a Rolls Royce??? Oh, and what part of the country are you in... we've just moved 20 miles down the road to retire and gardeners here charge around £10 to £15 an hour less than I was charging! Though if I went another 20 miles to the South Coast the price is probably higher than I was charging.

    Everytime I would go and look at the site, talk to the client. You know how fast you work, extrapolate that out into an hourly rate that makes you money. That gives you the minimum you will do it for. 

    What would you like to earn (realistically)? - Do you know someone else you are up against? are they expensive?? I used to always suggest clients clecked my prices with a local company who I knew were exhorbinately expensive.

    Then put in your "estimated" price.... with a clause saying that should this be too much there are changes (such as Honey Badgers Post Savers) that could bring the price down, but equally if 6" under the ground was a rock bed the price may have to be looked at - so lets talk.

    Nine times out of ten this resulted in a sale that made me a decent amount of money and undercut the competition - and in many cases resulted in repeat work at a later date

    • Agreed.  Every job has to be based on its merits.  Ground conditions make a huge difference to fencing jobs.  You may have to break out old concrete if replacing a fence so to have a rate could be very dangerous.   On the flip side a rigid price might make you too experience.

       

       

  • A good read that 2016 post. I had a look at my local wood yards website £51.36 per metre for a basic Arris rail 6ft close board fence excluding post create/ fixing and trade discount.

    I Went to the wood yard Saturday morning to collect a couple of panels. I asked the owner if at the end of the day if he checks his staff aren't stealing splinters in there hands. He replied 'yes, I glue them all back together'😂

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