DIY fence installation: pros & cons

  • 5 minutes
  • 22 October 2022

DIY fence installation can be a very satisfying project. But are you prepared for all that’s involved? Discover the pros and cons of a do-it-yourself fencing project from cost-saving, design freedom, time constraints, tools and possible mistakes.

If a ModularWalls DIY fence is right for you, then we are here to help every step of the way.

Pros of DIY fence installation

Save on costs: 

The most significant benefit and appeal of a DIY ModularWalls fence is the cost-saving. By doing it yourself, you are eliminating one of the most considerable costs associated with professional installation — labour costs. Likewise, using the ModularWalls post and panel system negates the need for strip footings associated with masonry brick fences, which can be very costly.  

Technical support:

If contemplating DIY fence installation, it can be quite a daunting task if you have little DIY experience. There is a lot to consider from materials to tools, quantities — the list goes on. However, the team at ModularWalls is on hand to help you every step of the way.

Our dedicated sales team can advise on the best ModularWalls for your needs and provide detailed drawings for your project. Our installation guides provide step-by-step instructions to guide you through the whole installation process. And if you have a technical question while installing your Modular Wall, we offer phone support seven days per week. Simply call to speak with a dedicated team member who will walk you through any queries and get you back on track as quickly as possible.

Design freedom: 

DIY fence installation gives you the freedom to design your fence and backyard as you’ve always wanted. You have complete freedom to choose all materials and customisations such as lighting, tiles and paint to create your dream outdoor space. 

Go at your own pace: 

By taking on a DIY fence installation, you can plan the project for a time that suits you. Additionally, you can take as long as you like to complete your fence, depending on your circumstances and neighbours. Remember, the posts will need time to set in the concrete before you can begin adding the panels to complete your ModularWalls fence, so factor this into your timing.

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Cons of DIY fence installation


Choosing the right fencing material can take time to research, as there are many factors to consider with DIY fence installation, including, but not limited to:

  • Council approval
  • Purpose of your new fence
  • Size of your property
  • Soil type and wind region

Another factor to consider is the lead time for ordering the fence and other materials. Then how long will delivery take? Lastly, if you’re picking up materials, how will you unload them, and where will you store them?

As mentioned above, you may require council approval for your new fence, so it’s vital to contact your local council and factor in the time for receiving approval.

Finally, if you’re not handy with tools, you need to consider the installation could take a lot longer than you hope.

Cost of tools: 

Depending on your experience with DIY projects, you may need to buy or hire all of the tools or just a few for your fence installation. The image below indicates the required tools for installing a ModularWalls SlimWall. So, don’t get caught out; read the relevant ModularWalls installation guide to ensure you’re prepared well in advance.

Materials and Tools ModularWalls DIY fence


DIY fence installation mistakes: 

No one plans to make a DIY fence installation mistake, but they can be costly and time-consuming. So, ensure you don’t jeopardise your project before you even begin and check the property line is where it should be. Then check you won’t be digging post holes over utilities like plumbing, before starting your DIY project. Lastly, you don’t want to make a mistake during installation and start the process again. Or be halfway through installation and realise you didn’t order enough posts or panels. You can easily avoid this last mistake by providing your ModularWalls salesperson with as many details about your project as possible. Then, our sales team can help calculate the number of materials you need.

The benefits of DIY fence installation

Now that you’re aware of the pros and cons, it’s time to consider the benefits of a DIY fence project:

  • The satisfaction of completing the job yourself. You have well-earned bragging rights!
  • Noise reduction
  • Privacy
  • Security
  • Increased property value
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Whether you choose DIY fence installation or think professional installation is the way forward. A new ModularWalls fence is a quality solution that will hold up to the Australian climate, provide many benefits, and look fantastic with any architectural style. To recap, here are the pros and cons of ModularWalls DIY fence installation at a glance.

 Pros and Cons DIY fence