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Shellywelly Avatar
6y, 4m agoPosted 6 years, 4 months ago
We moved into our house and garden was like a jungle, managed to do half of it ourself and a patio.

Now we are trying to sort the other half, needs re-fencing around 5 fence panels, a tree cutting down, and lots of bushes removing, basically a clearance. Quite a narrow garden - this side is probably around 7 foot width max, and don't need any plants to be done etc etc as I am going to do all that after.

Anyway to cut a long story short, the first quote we recieved with basic horizontal fence panels and gravel boards, concrete posts was 1100 which we thought seemed steep??

We have had 2 more quotes done today - still waiting on them, but they both tried to push for vertical panels, which we assumed were more expensive, the first gardener said they wouldnt be but would still need gravel boards. The second gardener said that you only need gravel boards with horizontal panels not vertical panels.

Does anyone have any experience on this who can give us impartial advice?

Thanks.... would give rep... but well you know!
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6y, 4m agoPosted 6 years, 4 months ago
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banned#1
£1100 for fitting 5 fence panels is unbelievable. 2 blokes could fit 5 in less than a day!
#2
thats what we thought... we expected around 700 not 1100!
#3
heres a good site for prices.

Fencing

Personally id say its a bit steep the price quoted, but take into account the removal of all your waste etc. Do they need to hire a skip? For a reasonable quote id say around £600

I did similar & 4 6ft fence panels, gravel boards, posts cost me around £300, but that was doing it myself with hire of stump grinder & skip..
banned#4
Join mybuilder.com and I'd expect you to get a fair few quotes.

Dont think Id be happy paying more than £400 inc materials.
#5
We had a guy fit (not supply) 25 panels and it was £600, with a gate.
#6
I fit 4 panels with 2 12inch gravel boards per panel (to hold the garden back as it goes to a drop the other side) myself including digging the post holes (manually) deep enough to accommodate 5 x 10 foot concrete posts and it took me 2 days, so a 2 man pro job who would probably use a petrol auger should be less than a days work, the panels, gravel boards, posts and post mix came to about £300, but that was good quality hit and miss panels),

The tidying should take the rest of the day up nicely, job done.


Conclusion = These guys are waging themselves £3-400 a day! Ask if they have any vacancies for me!
#7
guv
Join mybuilder.com and I'd expect you to get a fair few quotes.

Dont think Id be happy paying more than £400 inc materials.


Including panels posts and gravel boards plus post mix, for decent quality that would be £300+ alone.

Then theres the clearance/tidying etc
#8
Thanks all, so we all agree that the 1100 was well over the top for a quote. I'll await the other 2 quotes, which are best though vertical or horizontal panels? And are gravel panels needed for horizontal panels?

Many thanks
#9
Shellywelly
Thanks all, so we all agree that the 1100 was well over the top for a quote. I'll await the other 2 quotes, which are best though vertical or horizontal panels? And are gravel panels needed for horizontal panels?

Many thanks


Gravel boards was only £7.50 each so worth it as it stops the panels sitting on wet ground, although this will add to the length of post needed, if you are talking vertical/horizontal overlap panels then I am not a fan of either, the ones we got (hit and miss) are made from 18mm timber on the slats and very sturdy.

Have a look on ebay too as there was some good prices locally both supply only and supply and fit, one near us was £60 per panel supply and fit including posts and boards so yours would be £300.
#10
Vertical (feather-edge) panels are better than horizontal (shiplap/larchlap) panels, and are usually a bit more expensive, not significantly though. I would always suggest a gravel board at the base, to lift the panels out of any dampness, and prolong their life. Depending on the location of the fence there is a maximum height, so don't overdo it, or there will be complaints. Concrete posts, 6" concrete gravel boards, and a 6' featheredge panel, all supplied and fitted - obviously I haven't seen the site, but I would quote in the region of £400 - two men, one day. We'd only clear our crap up though, not touch the rest of the garden for that.

For the tree cutting down, and the bushes, can't you do that yourself? Hire a super shredder and get sawing. Don't attempt anything too big though, or you'll cause damage to someone or something! We usually quote about £100 for the chopping down, another £100 if you want the roots digging out, and would generally expect you to sort a skip or fork out considerably more for us to take it away. (In the region of another £100). Assuming it's a fairly big but not humongous tree. Silver birchy civic amenity size.

Edited By: Penny Saver on Aug 07, 2010 20:56: Adding stuff.
banned#11
harlzter

Including panels posts and gravel boards plus post mix, for decent quality that would be £300+ alone.

Then theres the clearance/tidying etc


gravel boards
£7.26 x 5 (£36)
Fence panels £15 x 5 (£75)
Concrete Posts £11.63 x 5

2 bags of dust and 5 bags of sand should be enough (approx £14)

Dunno where you shop..... but those prices sound a bit OTT!
#12
Thanks everyone - thats given us a better idea of what we should expect to pay... we will await the quotes and maybe have a go at bartering! Think we will opt for the verticals and gravel boards depending on the costs.

Many thanks once again..... imaginary rep all round :-)
#13
guv
harlzter

Including panels posts and gravel boards plus post mix, for decent quality that would be £300+ alone.

Then theres the clearance/tidying etc


gravel boards
£7.26 x 5 (£36)
Fence panels £15 x 5 (£75)
Concrete Posts £11.63 x 5

2 bags of dust and 5 bags of sand should be enough (approx £14)

Dunno where you shop..... but those prices sound a bit OTT!


91cm high fence? and quality of matchsticks? Seriously have you actually felt the quality of B&Q panels? I looked at them instore and quickly changed my mind! The ones I got in the end was 6 foot by 5 foot 18mm thick upright slats, tanalised and colour dipped for just under £30 a panel, pay the bit extra now and you know you can leave them alone for 10 years worry free

also why buy posts that mean you are burying at least half?

you can also get gravel boards double the height of those for about the same!

Stick to satellites mate!
#14
Penny Saver
Vertical (feather-edge) panels are better than horizontal (shiplap/larchlap) panels, and are usually a bit more expensive, not significantly though. I would always suggest a gravel board at the base, to lift the panels out of any dampness, and prolong their life. Depending on the location of the fence there is a maximum height, so don't overdo it, or there will be complaints. Concrete posts, 6" concrete gravel boards, and a 6' featheredge panel, all supplied and fitted - obviously I haven't seen the site, but I would quote in the region of £400 - two men, one day. We'd only clear our crap up though, not touch the rest of the garden for that.

For the tree cutting down, and the bushes, can't you do that yourself? Hire a super shredder and get sawing. Don't attempt anything too big though, or you'll cause damage to someone or something! We usually quote about £100 for the chopping down, another £100 if you want the roots digging out, and would generally expect you to sort a skip or fork out considerably more for us to take it away. (In the region of another £100). Assuming it's a fairly big but not humongous tree. Silver birchy civic amenity size.



Sound pro advice, £100 for digging the roots out? thats a back well saved!
banned#15
harlzter
91cm high fence? and quality of matchsticks? Seriously have you actually felt the quality of B&Q panels? I looked at them instore and quickly changed my mind! The ones I got in the end was 6 foot by 5 foot 18mm thick upright slats, tanalised and colour dipped for just under £30 a panel, pay the bit extra now and you know you can leave them alone for 10 years worry free

also why buy posts that mean you are burying at least half?

you can also get gravel boards double the height of those for about the same!

Stick to satellites mate!


haha... to be fair, I just picked the first that came up in a google search! I get most of my stuff from Selco, so pointless plugging their prices. (Though that said, they are not necessarily the cheapest.) They have the panels on offer ATM at £9.99 + Vat)

I'll remember to make a pucker quote next time! :p
#16
thats more like it height wise! Who would use a 91cm panel? seriously? whats the use?
banned#17
harlzter
thats more like it height wise! Who would use a 91cm panel? seriously? whats the use?


Like I said, I didnt even notice....... but funnily enough, I need to buy 2 of these for the front garden 'cos they've been removed after being broken. Though they have a trelace thing on top!
#18
not being funny but if you did all of what you said yourself why not the fence panels too.. its pretty simple stuff.
#19
Jed Maxwell
not being funny but if you did all of what you said yourself why not the fence panels too.. its pretty simple stuff.


Well the stuff we did in the garden was simple stuff ie making borders, reseeding and turfing, some clearing. Our mate helped us with the patio as he gave us the slabs.

But we have come to burn out, we both work shifts, have a child, we have the front garden and the side we have already done to maintain, which is taking up all our time. If we do it our self we will still not be finished this time next year, also we would rather have the fence done by a proffesional and we wouldnt feel confident cutting down the tree, besides I am blonde and my OH wouldn't let me loose with a chain saw... and I am the DIY and gardener person in this house... he is better at the hoovering!! lol

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