Cost to Replace a Fence Post

Replace a Fence Post
Just the post was replaced.

What would it cost for a handyman to replace fence post?

The original redwood fence post was rotted away at the bottom. The challenge in replacing an existing fence post is the block of concrete that is left in the ground. Either the block needs to be removed or a new post hole dug adjacent to it. In this case, the old post was pulled out of the concrete leaving a 12″ hole Very convenient! The new post was inserted into the old concrete and an additional 10″ of concrete was added to bring it up above ground level.

Every failed post has a reason. In this case the problem was the level of the original concrete was below ground level allowing the base of the post to be in contact with the soil.

Fencing repairs where concrete is added will always require 2 trips. One to set the concrete and the second to complete the repair after the concrete has cured. Whether the handyman charges a trip charge is important to the cost of the repair.

Low estimate for materials and labor:

  • Pressure treated fence post
  • Fence post concrete
  • Misc. screws and nails
  • Labor 2 hours

High estimate for materials and labor:

  • Pressure treated fence post
  • Fence post concrete
  • Misc. screws and nails
  • Trip charge or removal of old concrete
  • Labor 4 hours

If you are a contractor or a handyman, how much would this job cost in your area?

Low Price: $150

Consensus Price: $175

High Price: $200

Submitted by: thebigjose hutchinson, KS USA (Friday, December 23, 2011)

how much I can pay or charge to set fence post only about 17 post dig out and set with concrete every 8ft metal post or 4by4 wood

Low Price: $400

Consensus Price: $750

High Price: $1200


63 thoughts on “Cost to Replace a Fence Post”

  1. I would most likely charge for labor just about what the materials would cost. Would need to inspect the digging conditions and related issues regarding installation. If clean dirt no roots or obstructions i would charge about 375-400 hundred dollars

    1. I need someone to dig a three section cedar fence for me in the back of my yard, and stick it in. We are selling my house and my fence is rotted. Please call 617-834-1111. The house is going to be sold by June 30th and I need this done ASAP. Please call. No need for cement!!!

    2. Thats way to much for one fence post.

      1. Store trip – 30 minutes
      2. Fence post removal – 30 minutes
      3. enlarge exising hole and set now post – 45 minutes
      4. come back 2 hours later and secure fence panels to new post – 30 minutes.

      total time 2.25 hours. – Charge should be around $150.00 for labor

    3. Sharon Ponik

      Hi – I need 2 fence posts replaced on fence, but 1st broken pieces gave to be removed from ground b4 replacing posts. Fence is ok. Can you do an estimate on cost of labor for removing and replacing?
      Thank you,

  2. For all Wooden Posts

    A wooden post cost about 9-13$, a bag of concrete cost around 5 bucks.

    Taking out a broken Post and setting a new Post in Concrete – 1 hour
    after that Hammer/Screw the Section back onto the post.

    Cheap Price 75$
    High Price 120$

    1. I go to the store pick up a bag of concrete and a new post it’s under 20 bucks somewhere between 15 and 20 bucks for both items and I always have screws on me already so I never hardly need to pick them up I will go to someone’s house with the new post in the Concrete that I picked up and I will take their post out and replace it with a new one split rail or any other kind of wood fence and it takes me an hour sometimes less tops to perform the job to get the old one out and put a new one in and have a complete and I charge 150 that includes picking up however many post sometimes it’s one I’ve had other jobs it’s been nine post the most has been 13 and I would do like two a day if they said they weren’t in a hurry that’s with working a regular job in doing that afterwards or in the summertime when it’s in the 90s because you get really hot doing this type of work in the summertime so I would do two or three of them a day and it would be 450 for doing three post so I would pick the new post in concrete up go to the house take the old post out take screws out or whatever Hass to be done dig it out put a new one in and take the old post with me for 150 a post and people say it’s a really good deal and I’ve done many of them so I can work three hours in one day and replace three 4 x 4 fence post for wood split rail post and make 450 and three hours and my total cost would be under $60 for materials for three post Weatherby split rail post or 4 x 4 treated lumber post My nickname is FRS fence repair specialist

      1. Dear Mr. Sliwinski,
        Would you give us a quote on replacing one rotten fence post at South West Austin area? If you need more info, please email me.

      1. Cost to replace two 6ft wood fence posts.
        Need to pull out the broken old posts with concrete base and repleced with new posts.

        1. Hello I don’t know if you have already done your 2 posts but I would charge you 90 if you buy the materials (maybe 50 to 70 in materials).
          Thanks Paul

    1. I have a minimum of 4 fence posts that need to be removed and replaced. What is the earliest date that this could be completed. I live in Kenosha, WI. You can also call me if you like. Please leave me a message if you are interested in the job.

      Phone 262-694-0942

  3. Lowell Martinson

    How much to charge in labor alone, no material, 2 in iron posts set in concrete. Client will provide concrete. lots of cobble. Lowell Per post ideal for pricing.

    1. If the customer provides the metal post and concrete, I charge 1 hour of labor per post, @ $30 per hour. Now, Texas soil can be deceiving (not sure where you live), as we may have only 3 inches of topsoil and the rest is limestone rock. When I bid a job, I sometimes take a soil sample (or dig a little with my shovel), or drive a rod down to make sure I’m not in a rock bed. This takes a lot longer because I use a 20 pound rock bar and do it old school. Some guys use a jack hammer, but I can usually get by with brute force. It’s also important to dial 811 down here to make sure you don’t hit a power line or phone cable (that service is free). I hope this helps y’all.

      1. Need 7 wooden fence posts replaced with metal posts and set i concrete Can you provide and estimate, duration and when this can be done

  4. I think it should be done for free, kindness of the heart kind of thing.and then claiming it on his or her taxes as donation or charity.

  5. Victor Gonzalez

    Cost should be on an hourly basis of 37.50

    1 hour to demo and 1 hour to install no material

    with material then a rate of 75.00 per post

    includes materials , labor and haul off.

    1. Some of these low estimates just make no sense. It can take a couple of hours just to break out a block of concrete, plus the trip to pick up materials, then set the new post (using several bags of concrete not one or two), all while working around an existing fence which has to be detached and then reattached securely and without causing more damage . “1 hour or 2 hours” is not in any way feasible. You are probably looking at about 5-7 in the real world. This is easily in the $250 to $375 range depending on the specifics.

      1. Just wanted to say thank you to John for keeping it real. I agree completely. It’s impossible to have any profit at all when working for pennies. I just repaired 3 posts and crossmembers on my old cedar picket fence. I had to remove and replace the 40 year old pickets (nailed, not screwed), dig out the old concrete and rebuild the whole deal. I asked my neighbor to pay for half of the materials, that’s all. They just bought the home and I offered my labor as a housewarming gift. I requested a reimbursement of about 50 bucks for half the cost of materials. (Total represented a major discount already due to the fact that I used my own nails/screws and concrete.) He said thanks very much, not a problem he’d be glad to pay me for the materials. Then he proceeded to walk me to the door, say goodnight and shut the door before I had time to say, “Excuse Me? THE MONEY PLEASE?!?” I will never understand how people can have the lack integrity to be able to straight up pull this kind of crap but I see it more and more. Listen folks, the guy who fixes your fence or mows your lawn has to pay for food and electricity just like you do. Please don’t jack around service people when it comes time to pay your stinking bill! If some starving guy offers to work for $5 an hour do the world a favor and say hell no and give him an honest wage!

        1. No one I have done work for will pay $375 to replace a rotten/broken fence post. (pressure treated post, quick set concrete and screws material $15 per post). I routinely repair fences here in Tampa Fl (sandy soil) break and removed old concrete. Clear/redig hole set post and reattach fence panels in average 1 hour each post. I charge $75/post. I just completed 4 post replacements on one fence. Estimated 8 hours plus materials. I completed the job in less than 3 hours with a $10/hr helper. $50 materials, helper $30, my labor $90, total expense including travel was $170 profit $130 or 43%. I did 2 fence repairs that day.

          1. It all depends…if its that kind of property where u can bull thru it..sure..but on a million dollar home working in manicured gardens..orbetter yet sugar sand on thebeach…any way u look at it…an 8 hrday 2guys. Thats not enough..u can charge whatever u want…but as with any industry or trade..there should be a unwritten rule that any job should be within reason. U get a handful of guys charging unreasonably low prices it drives the cost of jobs down. It affects the whome market. Not sure how to ..but there needs to be an unwritten mutual respect amoung the trades…everyone knows to a certain degree whats a good price..whats rediculous. When i do a job..any and every job…i do it to the best of ability..i dont take on work thatim notcertain i can do first of all. I dont rush..or drag it out..i give people the best i got …every customer no different than my own home or family. Im notthe cheapest…but im not trying to get rich on building a deck or hanging a few doors either. Usually ive found when a customer gets to know work..ethic..morals.etc..very rarely do i ever get any complaints about cost.

          2. You are the problem and the reason people can’t make a decent living. I would love for you to ask your helper if he was happy with 30$. You are an idiot for lowballing your self and everyone in the area.

        2. Well said …and I Thank You! So many tell me “oh , its just this or that” and they don’t consider tools, materials, gas, business Ins, other business fees & costs. Not to mention wear & tear and risk to our bodies to do arduous labor & dealing w dirt & “cuddies” that they dont dare to attempt to mess with or even know how to repair,renovate, restore. So I commend you for standing up all of us honest hard working people.

      2. Not to mention the trip to the store to get the material, loading unloading. And lets not forget the City Building Codes And Permits. Paper work involved. John your right I would not charge any less the 250-375 “there are a lot easier ways to make money” Dealing with the dog next door, putting up temporary fencing. while the post set up. Ridiculous prices listed here.
        plus my handy man rate is now 42.00 hours. If your insured and only charging 36.00 or less Your not making any money.

      3. Just replaced a 9′ cedar post in my yard. It took hours to dig out and mostly in Illinois clay. Post cost 25$. I would have gladly paid 300 to 400 bucks. The soil condition is a big variable here.

      4. I just had a fence repairman remove two fence posts with concrete footers that had rotted out…took time and heavy labor to get them out of there…they were removed and replaced…three fence panels had to be unattached from the two bad posts and repositioned after…had all pickets on remaining fence throughout yard inspected and nailed up if loose…had a tensioner put on one gate to keep it steady and the gate hardware adjusted on that gate and one other…all tasks took about 5 hours…total cost of job was $400…Included labor and materials…These charges seem reasonable to me…I don’t feel right getting a deal when I see how hard an independent contractor works like this guy did…It’s only fair if he makes a little profit and is able to provide for his family… I won’t call Home Depot for fence install or repairs. To date I have yet to see or hear a favorable review for either.

      5. Thank you for your comment John. I firmly believe that it’s important to keep these estimates (both of the time and $ it would take to do a job with these specs.) in the “Real World” realm. I just can’t comprehend how anyone can say they can do this job in an hour or two. Really ? What happens after the second hour and you’re not finished ? Let me guess, couple of more hours added to estimate at whatever hourly rate you quoted. . . . . . right . . . . . oh well. Again, thanks for your comment John. Keeping estimates “real” goes a lot further in the long run, in my opinion.

        Q Proferssional Services LLC

      6. Man im glad someone said it..ive went to war with a couple broken off 4×4s…they r not easy to remove..i dont comprehend how u can charge 75-100 for 2 posts materials incl. Granted materials are only 20 or so $..but after u factor in overhead and labor..what r u making…5 bucks?? No thanks. The websites estimates in my opinion are fair…about 100 a post..time and materials..and thats still a good price.

      7. Chris Ludston

        I’m in Chicago, NW Suburbs. I feel the same way, quotes way too low. I do a lot of post, because most are not set right. Either too shallow, or ground contact. I have yet to see one post, set the proper way. Here its 42″, and ” I ” make sure to have a small crown on my concrete. My estimate would be $250-$350. Looking about 4 to 6 hours, plus materials. I was at $40 an hour, but can’t stay in business like that, maybe just for cash jobs, but I need proof of income, insurance, and pay taxes. I’m at 50-60/he, possibly going to $75. I dont like charging that much, but I see what others are charging, and the low quality of work they are doing, then figure 30-50% is off the top for taxes, insurance, vehicle maintenance & insurance, tool up keep, ect. … It’s not easy keeping a small business up and
        functioning. Customers can always find someone to do it cheaper. But my customers know they are getting things done right, and IF, anything goes wrong in the future, I will take care of it. 4 years in business, I’m affraid to even have business cards made, I’m super busy. Just wish I could find help. I still can’t find anyone that understands that the customer is the one paying him. Basically, my customers pay me to do a job, but this let’s me live the life I want to live, be my own boss, do what I choose. So keeping customers happy, doing things the right way, is the number one priority. Why do I keep finding people that think once their 8 hours are in, money magically appears !!!

      8. Sunday couch handyman
        ..I charge $85.00 an hour. Pull a post and install new all in? $210.00 4X4 OR $265.00 FOR 6X6..I WORK STEADY…..

      9. if it takes 5-7 hours for you to replace a post you are doing it all wrong. If you use a farm jack it will take you around 10-15 minutes to remove the post and concrete. I’ve done it many a times.


        WOW! you hit that out perfectly I under quoted a gate post from hell for 150 .00 .It took me 3 hrs to get this out ,and I know all the tricks . The only thing I didnt have was a jack hammer ,that would of help me in a big way .I end up chiseling pieces from the concrete the post was in with a cold chisel and a small sledge.I was in the hole with my arm extended 2 ft in the hole . the 20 pound bar did nothing to move the concrete. If i knew this would take that long at least 250.00 . yes here in chicago clay soil 42 in. frost line.most of the old fences. No sandy soil here.

  6. My husband is digging up our old white picket fence from our house on installing it bringing it over to a ladies house about 20 minutes away re-installing the fence and repainting it as well Can I get some quick estimates on how much someone would charge for all that start from 100 posts and if there were 200 or 300. He has worked over there on this for 2 8 hour days now I need to write up a agreement Please help! He already uninstalled and dug up the entire fence brought it over to her house and is painting it and I forgot to add in there is a large metal Archway she wants and there’s also two small gates to the white picket fence.

  7. thank you so much for helping me i did not no how much to charge my landlordguys , and now i pretty much do. you guys are the best. again thank you.

  8. Starting my fence repair business and wondering what a good starting price to replace a 4″ wooden post and attach the fence section back, live in illinois

  9. I want to replace my old fence with a new fence. Should new post holes be dug or should the old ones be used? What should it cost for treated wood for my new fence, 96 feet long and 6 feet high (using your suggestion as to use the existing post hole or new hole)?

  10. what would it cost to replace 8 posts and put the fence back together after the post replaced. They do not have cement bases.

  11. I was trying to do my fence myself but guess i screwed it all up.
    I need an handy man to come finish it up.
    How much should i be looking at?

  12. I would like a 10 foot section of my chain link fence removed. It is in the middle of the fencing because I would like to create another entrance in the fence. What might this cost?

  13. I’m opening my own handyman business:
    10′ 4×4 treated post = $15
    6 bags of cement (freeze level) = $70
    screws/nails = $5
    trip fee = $40
    2 hours labor = $100

    TOTAL = $230

    If I have to break rock in the holes then the time and cost will naturally increase.

    You can’t attach fence until cement cures which can take hours so a second trip is required which should be an added cost.

    1. $140 is fair profit for two hours of work. Plumbers charge 110 bucks just to come out to my house for less than an hour and clear a clog.

  14. I gonna have someone set 4 5″x8ft posts 2ft in ground with concrete and then brace each set of 2, so building fence to hang gate on each side. He is leaving it up to me, he’s a young kid not afraid of working hard, How much should I pay him? I don’t wanna be cheap I understand it’s hard work. Live in Midwest, easy soil to dig.

  15. I just found your site and appreciate your service. Please give me an idea how much a fence repair person would charge to replace 3 or 4 posts of a split rail fence. The recent hurricane caused several of the posts to rot out due to very heavy rains.

    Thank you


  16. Hi, I live in code area 60156 and i need four wooden post replaced for 5 feet tall wooden fence please. What will it cost me?

  17. How much would it cost to remove a fence post in order for a large truck to gain access to my yard and then replace it? I am in zip 60505.


  18. Hi how much cost to me to change post I think 6 foot 4×4 cedar maybe I have 6 or more how much each post
    I live in lake in the hills
    Thank you

  19. I imagine that most of the people stating that they would charge $75-$150 to replace a rotted post have never pulled one out of clay encased in a driveway etc. Paying for your business name, taxes,liability insurance, workmen’s compensation, vehicle insurance, fuel, maintenance. Vehicle, wear & tear on tools, These people probably don’t pay taxes, they don’t constantly in vest back into their company with tools, stock, on board generator etc. And lastly the job is not always done correctly. Just because you have been doing something for
    Ten years or watched some
    U-tube videos, googled it or got some pointers from someone at Home Depot or Lowe’s does not make you an expert, professional or good at what you do. Too many people today want to take the shortcut to learning. The are apprenticeships for a reason. Start at the very basics and learn about every aspect of the profession you are going into . Take pride in the work you do, not just for yourself but for others. Make a
    Promise to yourself to learn something every day and pass it on to
    Someone else. I spend every day of my work week repairing things that were done by people that call themselves professionals. Everyone makes mistakes including myself, the difference is that I pay for my mistakes, not my customers.

  20. I agree. I just did a job. The fence was lying on a concrete 6in underlinment..Plus next to a hedge and orange tree. There was at least 3 bags of crete in existing posts. So digging them out was a process. Needed my chipper gun to break up because the posts were incased in all that concrete. And unable to move fence do to location. So yea. I did 5 posts in day and half. Plus making dump run. Easy 400 for labor and I was being nice.

  21. Kayans Konstruction

    Lots of talk about fence post replacement and leaving existing panels. Curious, how do you resolve leaving old cement and digging new whole adjacent? Either panel seams dont line up and you have to add rail supports, which are unsightly, or you end up with a post significantly out of fence line.

    1. If offsetting the post from the existing cement is the way you want to go, perhaps you can add two posts. That way you can break the span between the existing posts into 3 even spaces. Just a thought…

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