5 Ways to Save on Your Fence Rental Bill

August 28, 2020

Whether you’re organizing an event or planning a construction job, temporary fence rental is just one line item on your budget. With budgets only getting tighter nowadays, you’re likely looking for ways to reduce expenses. Thankfully, there are some simple ways that you can save money on your fence rental.

You may not realize it, but there are a lot of charges that factor into the typical fence rental bill. Understanding all of the possible fees is the first step in knowing where to cut costs. (We recommend starting with “How Much Does it Cost to Rent Construction Fence?”.) The good news is that, once you understand the basics, it’s easy to see where you can save on your fence rental bill.

To help you out, here are five easy ways to save on your next fence rental – plus one bonus “pro tip”!

Schedule Your Install and Removal During Business Hours

A simple schedule shift can instantly reduce your fence rental quote. Most rental companies will add a surcharge for deliveries made outside of regular business hours – like evenings, weekends or holidays. If your timing is at all flexible, arranging delivery and pickup on weekdays during regular business hours will help reduce your overall bill.

Install the Temporary Fence Yourself

If you love to “do it yourself”, then you’re in luck! Installing and dismantling your own temporary fence is a great way to avoid labour costs. Labour to install and remove temporary fence can make up a big chunk of your bill, so installing your own fence is a sure-fire way to save on your fence rental.

That being said, not all sites are created equal when it comes to installation. For instance, projects requiring only a simple rectangular perimeter are good candidates for a DIY install. On the other hand, sites with complex safety and security requirements likely need a professional touch. Consult our post “DIY or Call a Fence Guy?” to help you decide if a self-install is the best route is for you.

If you’ve decided to install your own fence, check out our YouTube channel for helpful how-to videos like this one:

Pick Up Your Own Temporary Fence

If you’ve decided to install the fence yourself, you can achieve additional cost savings by picking the fence up instead of having it delivered. This allows you to avoid delivery charges, and is an especially good way to save on your fence rental bill if you only need a small quantity of fence. That’s because many temporary fence suppliers impose minimum delivery fees on smaller order.

Don’t fret if you don’t have access to a trailer! Our new pickup panels fit in the back of most passenger vehicles, allowing just about anybody to pick up their own temporary fence. As an added bonus, the panels only weigh about 25 pounds each – making installation even easier.

A pickup truck with a stack of metal fence panels in the truck bed

Make Use of Your Surroundings

Because your rental bill will be determined by a price per linear foot of fence, reducing the amount of fence you need will reduce your costs. One way to limit the number of fence panels you need is to make use of your surroundings.

Take a look around your site and assess whether there are any permanent structures you can use to your advantage. Is there an existing permanent fence or wall? If so, can it serve as part of your perimeter?

Even if you aren’t lucky enough to have a permanent barrier on site, you can reduce your rental fence requirements in other ways. For instance, you could use an existing lamp post or even a tree to reinforce your temporary fence line. At Modu-Loc, our best practice is to use extra fence panels to brace the fence line every 50’ or so. That’s because long, straight lines of fence tend to be unstable and prone to blowing over in high winds. Tying the fence panels to an existing permanent structure eliminates the need for v-bracing, reducing the amount of fence you’ll need to rent.

Buy Your Fence Instead of Renting

Okay, it might seem sneaky to talk about buying in a post about saving on your rental bill – but hear us out. If you rent fence frequently – especially in small quantities – you might consider investing in your own fencing. Small orders are typically subject to minimum charges on the delivery and even the rental, so if you regularly rent fence then the costs can add up quickly.

Similarly, if your project will require temporary fencing for a long time, it might make more financial sense to buy. There is a point at which your rental costs would exceed the cost to purchase the fence outright – usually at around 18 to 24 months. So if you’re considering a rental term of 2 years, the best way to save on your fence rental might actually be to buy the fence.

Of course, there are other factors to consider when deciding whether to buy or rent. For instance, do you have the space to store your fence when it’s not being used on site? If you’re not sure whether buying fence is right for you, check out this helpful blog post.

Bonus Tip: Negotiate Your Missing/Damaged Charges

If you read our primer on how much it costs to rent fence, you’ll know that just about every temporary fence supplier will charge for product that goes missing or is damaged while on site. These charges will vary by supplier, and may not be clearly indicated up front – so it’s always a good idea to ask what the rate is for missing and damaged fence.

While you’re having the conversation, try asking for a reduced rate on missing and damaged product. You would likely attempt to negotiate your rental rate, so why not do the same for other charges? Delivery and set-up fees are usually less flexible, since they have to cover the supplier’s costs to send a crew to site. But since missing or damaged product isn’t exactly inevitable, your supplier may be more open to negotiation on related charges.

Just make sure to lock those rates in during the quoting phase. Your supplier is a lot more likely to be flexible during negotiations than when they’re collecting damaged product from your site. Counter to the popular saying, in this case it’s easier to ask for permission than forgiveness!

We’re Here to Help

Every job is different, and some of these tips may not apply to your unique situation. The good news is that we have options, and can help you find the best solution for your requirements and budget. If you’re ready for a quote or just need some more information, contact us to speak with a representative.

Author: Joanna Bieda

Joanna Bieda is the Director of Marketing and Communications at Modu-Loc Fence Rentals, and has been with the company since 2014. She loves writing and is a self-professed data nerd. She thoroughly enjoys teaching customers about all things fence via Modu-Loc's blog.

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