By Gene and Katie Hamilton
One of the best sources of finding a fence builder is by cruising through neighborhoods with the type of house you have and the style of fence you want. Drive or bike around and if you see what you want, ask the homeowners who built their fence. Expect to pay $20 to $30, the national average hourly rate for a fence builder.
Find a fence builder online using a search engine and type "fence builder in (your town)" in the search box. You'll be referred to a list of contractor referral services. Or use the Yellow Pages listings for "Fence". They often advertise in local newspapers and post a business card in home centers and lumber yards. Use their advertisements to narrow the selection to those who specialize in residential as opposed to commercial fences.
When you talk with a fence builder get their input on the style and height of fence for your property. They'll know the local building code requirements and may suggest a type of fence you haven't considered. Ask for a list of referrals to you can look at fences they've installed. By looking at these earlier installations, you'll see how the fence has weathered and withstood time.
Here is a list of job costs for different types of fences. Compare the cost of building the fence yourself with the cost of hiring a fence builder.