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Electric Fence Installation Cost



The cost of installing an electric fence will increase or decrease based upon a number of factors. This article is intended to provide you with a checklist of questions to ask yourself and your contractor.

This key will serve as your guide:

$0 = no additional cost
$ = standard cost
$$+ = increased cost


Am I building a new fence or converting an existing fence into an electric fence?

$ - When converting a non-electric fence into an electric fence.

$$ - When constructing a new electric fence.

Will the fence be temporary or permanent?

$ – When a temporary or semi-permanent electric fence is installed.

$$ - When a permanent fence is installed.

How much electric fencing is needed? (Installers typically charge by the linear foot.)

$ - When the area is less than one acre.

$$ - For a larger area (more than one acre).

What type of wire will be used?

$ - When a thin steel wire is used.

$$ - When a high-tensile, thicker wire is used.

How many strands of wire will be installed?

$ - When a single wire fence is installed.

$$ - When more than one strand of wire is installed.

How far apart will the posts be?

$ - When line posts are installed less than 10 feet apart.

$$ - When line posts are installed more than 10 feet apart.

What type of line posts will be installed?

$ - When plastic or wood line posts are installed.

$$ - When metal line posts are installed.

Does a lightning or surge protector need to be installed?

$0 - When no lightning protection is needed.

$$ - When lightning or surge protection is installed.

How high does the fence need to be? (The height of the fence will largely depend on the function of the fence and the size of the animals enclosed within it).

$ - When the fence is less than four feet high.

$$ - When the fence is more than four feet high.

What type of charger (or energizer) will be installed?

$ - When a standard electrical charger is installed.

$$ - When a solar-powered charger is installed.

Do any trees or shrubs need to be trimmed or removed?

$0 - When there are no obstructions that need to be removed.

$$ - When trees or shrubs need to be removed before the electric fence is installed.

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Is the terrain difficult to work with?

$ - When the soil is easy to work with and the holes for the posts can be dug easily.

$$ - When rocky soil complicates the installation process (Rocky or dry soil will limit the amount of electrical shock that the animal receives and more strands of wire will need to be installed).

$$ - When steep slopes complicate the installation process.

Ask the Pro:



1. How long do you expect the installation of the electric fence to take?

2. Is the electrical voltage safe for my animals?

3. Will you ensure that my underground utility lines are not disturbed during the installation process?

4. What should I do when there is a power outage?

5. Where will the charger be installed?

6. Are permit inspection fees included in the cost of installation (if required)?

7. Will the fence be in compliance with local building codes and HOA by-laws?

8. Is cleanup included in the cost estimate?

9. Would it be possible for me to see any of your previous work?

10. Is there a manufacturer’s warranty on the fence product?

11. Do you offer a warranty on the workmanship?

12. How long can I expect the electric fence to last?

13. Do you have any references that I could contact?



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