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Old 05-05-2010, 19:53
Clank007
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I am in need of a new fence and only really have one tradesman in my area that does fences.

I need two 6 foot fence panels and four 3 foot ones, along with a concrete base of 6 inches for each, and 6 concrete posts. My old rickety fence is also being removed and some tree roots dug up.

I've been quoted 935 incl vat for the job. Is this a reasonable price do you think?
Has anyone had a fence put in recently of a similar nature? If so, how much did it cost?

Any advice greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-05-2010, 19:55
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Oh my life! No way!!

I'd have said nearer 400 absolute max and even that is pushing it. WOWEE!
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Old 05-05-2010, 20:04
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Oh my life! No way!!

I'd have said nearer 400 absolute max and even that is pushing it. WOWEE!
Blimey, really? Thats less than half of what he's quoted me.
I dont know what to think now as he seemed so reputable.
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Old 05-05-2010, 20:13
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my new fence was about 400 but didn't include concrete bottoms, just panels and posts - but we fitted it..so i guess alot of yours is labour costs
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Old 05-05-2010, 20:29
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I am in need of a new fence and only really have one tradesman in my area that does fences.

I need two 6 foot fence panels and four 3 foot ones, along with a concrete base of 6 inches for each, and 6 concrete posts. My old rickety fence is also being removed and some tree roots dug up.

I've been quoted 935 incl vat for the job. Is this a reasonable price do you think?
Has anyone had a fence put in recently of a similar nature? If so, how much did it cost?

Any advice greatly appreciated.
Don't know about reasonable, but it is about right.....
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Old 05-05-2010, 20:29
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That's very expensive. I had three 6ft high slatted panels, one 5ft and two 4ft, plus a sawn off part of a 6ft one, put up two months ago. For support he put up seven concrete posts and a concrete bar along the bottom of the panels to keep them off the ground. Including removing the old fence and disposing of it, the bill was 560. The job was done by one man working solidly from 8.30am to 3.30pm. I got two quotes and the other one was 560 too. I shared the bill with my next door neighbour because ownership of the fence was not shown on my house deeds.
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Old 05-05-2010, 20:30
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We had 8 6ft panels with concrete gravel boards and posts done in half a day for under 400
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Old 05-05-2010, 21:53
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I am in need of a new fence and only really have one tradesman in my area that does fences.

I need two 6 foot fence panels and four 3 foot ones, along with a concrete base of 6 inches for each, and 6 concrete posts. My old rickety fence is also being removed and some tree roots dug up.

I've been quoted 935 incl vat for the job. Is this a reasonable price do you think?
Has anyone had a fence put in recently of a similar nature? If so, how much did it cost?

Any advice greatly appreciated.
You need to give us the height and width of the fencing otherwise we can't tell if the price you've been quoted is fair or not.
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Old 05-05-2010, 22:11
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735 tops, all in.
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Old 05-05-2010, 23:27
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935!!! Bloody 'ell! It must have stank of shite or something in your house for him to quote that figure!
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Old 06-05-2010, 00:00
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935 is their way of saying that they don't want the job!
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Old 06-05-2010, 00:11
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It's a ridiculous price, the materials for the job are less than 100.
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Old 06-05-2010, 00:37
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That is silly money. About three weeks ago I helped a friend put up a fence as he had been quoted 420 to do it. We went to B&Q, got some fence posts, some cross supports, some feather edged fencing and some postcrete to sink the posts in. My friend already had a mitre saw to cut the fencing with quickly, and we got hold of an SDS drill to drill into the concrete flooring for our posts. It took us about 6 hours but we got a really nice feather edged fence which is about 6' in height and about 35' in length, which cost about 160 in materials and a few cans of beer.

That sort of price you have been quoted I would expect someone to charge as an emergency call-out if a fence has blown down and it would be in London's zone 1 area.
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Old 06-05-2010, 06:29
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I would say it also depends on the size of the tree roots that need to be dug up. My mams next door neighbour had to hire a small digger to dig his up.
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Old 06-05-2010, 09:30
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I've currently been pricing up materials for a new fence and that really does seem excessive OP. Fence panels vary from around 8 each to around 25 depending upon the store and the type you want. Posts, depending on whether you want wood or concrete, and again the store vary from about 8 to about 15. Not sure about the bases as I'm not having those but I'd guess that they'd cost about the same.
So for materials at a guess would be maximum 300.
It seems he's charging an awful lot on top of the raw material prices (especially as he'd be able to get them at trade prices)!

Are you sure this firm is the only one that do fences? Our builder will do them so it might be worth ringing around to see if a local builders can do it, or at least recommend someone. When we needed our loft hatch putting it and the damage from my OH's attempts at putting it in fixing () we put it out for tender on a website. Highest price was 1000 and lowest was 400. Quite a difference for the same job. In the end we had a local builder do it and he only charged 150 so it really is best to look around.
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Old 06-05-2010, 09:38
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You could price the materials - there are some indications of what they cost in this thread - then ask the fencing person you asked for the quote how long the job would take and why the quote is so expensive. My point is that the price could be a try-on based on your perceived wealth (large house?) or lack of knowledge of the costs.
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Old 06-05-2010, 09:52
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935 is their way of saying that they don't want the job!
Yep. I'd agree with this.
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Old 06-05-2010, 10:42
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the price also depends on the panels and these vary hugly in price ..mine are fancy cris cros type ones and were about 70 a panel but the plain ones were alot cheaper also posts varied in cost too as do the concrete bottons, some are plain and some have a brick pattern

also if he knoes hes the only bloke in the area who does that job...fair play to him ...he would be daft not to charge more
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Old 06-05-2010, 10:46
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It's a ridiculous price, the materials for the job are less than 100.
u dont know that as there are so many different types of fencing, she might not be talking b and q special as i said above my fence panels were alot more that that as they are fancy ones
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Old 06-05-2010, 11:12
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I'd ask him to quote materials and Labour seperate and ask how many hours work he thinks it will be.

That way you can do some research and weigh up if it's good or not. For what it's worth - it seems a bit high to me.

HTH
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Old 06-05-2010, 16:18
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If you head over to moneysavingexpert.com they have a board "Is this quote fair" and no I don't think it is. I'm surprised only 1 person can do fencing in your area , is it somewhere remote? I had 6 strong panels 6x5 put up a few years ago plus 7 concrete posts and 10 gravel boards and it was less than half that but is was someone I sort of knew and cash of course. Price up the stuff you want from a fencing supplier and come to your own conclusion.
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Old 07-05-2010, 22:50
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the price also depends on the panels and these vary hugly in price ..mine are fancy cris cros type ones and were about 70 a panel but the plain ones were alot cheaper also posts varied in cost too as do the concrete bottons, some are plain and some have a brick pattern
Thankyou for all your replies.

The price he quoted me is for two 5ft Ascot Lap panels and two 1ft concrete gravel boards, then four 3ft Ascot Lap panels with four 6 inch gravel boards. All these having concrete posts in between.
The old fence would previously be removed and small tree roots removed.
For another 70 he would upgrade the fencing to close board/thick board panels.
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Old 09-05-2010, 17:21
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Put the job in www.mybuilder.com and see the quotes come in, used them a few times and very competitive, plus all tradesmen are rated by customers.
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Old 09-05-2010, 17:30
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That is crazy money, we did 2 6 foot panels ourself last year, 2 good quality panels as 22 each, 3 bags of ready cement, think they were 3 for a tenner on offer,and we already had the posts. It took us a couple of hours from start to finish.

This bloke want near on a grand for the same plus 4 dinky ones and the digging up of a few roots?? He is having a geeeeerafe!
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Old 09-05-2010, 17:51
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We had a new fence put in at the bottom of our garden, plus gate. Price for six 6-ft panels, new gate, concrete footings, and clearing away the old wall and materials was 600. Allowing for inflation etc. (that was about 4 years ago), I think around 700 would be reasonable.
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