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How Much Does it Cost to Install an Invisible Fence?

Invisible fences are used mostly to contain dogs through an invisible field of electricity. They are also known as electric fences. Typically, the installation involves placing a wire in a trench dug along the boundary the owner wishes to fence off. A wireless transmitter is also set up nearby to activate the wire. The final item in the fencing is a battery-powered collar to receive the signal from the wire. The collar warns the animal when it is getting near the boundary with a sound pitched only to the animal's hearing. If the animal tries to cross the boundary, the collar delivers an electric shock.

National Install an Electric Fence Costs

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National Install an Electric Fence Costs
Average reported cost $1,083
Number of Cost Profiles 389 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $100
Maximum reported cost $1,600
Most homeowners spent between: $998 to $1,207

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Installing the fence yourself is generally the cheapest option, with kits running between $100 and $350 depending on the brand and any extra options. On the other hand, getting a fence installed by a pro can set you back anywhere from $750 to over $1000 for a quarter of an acre. Companies usually charge by a foot of wire. Extra collars and features such as lightning protection can run the bill even higher.

The best thing to do is to compare the costs of both professional installation and DIY kits. DIY kits often include thin, unreliable wire and the recommendation is to purchase thicker, solid core wire. This is obviously an added expense beyond the initial kit purchase. Lightning protection is only necessary if you live in an area with frequent thunderstorm activity. Another optional item is a battery backup if you have frequent power outages.

Professional installers charge for wire by the foot and most use the thicker wire, but you should definitely ask. Professional installers also usually include a training program for your pet and a warranty. Most companies also provide roughly six months of free support should any problems arise. One thing to look out for with installation companies is the type of batteries the collars require. Find out if they are easy to purchase at any store or if they must be purchased from the company. This could make a difference in both price and convenience versus DIY kits.

The key for both options is to shop around as well as deciding if the extra professional services are worth the extra cost.

Last updated on Dec 22, 2016

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