Many people opt for a DIY fence installation because it allows them to save money on labor costs, exercise greater control over the project’s timeline and design, and can deliver a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. Are you looking to take on a DIY fence installation project but uncertain about your level of expertise or access to the necessary materials? While we’re happy to install a fence for you, we understand when you want to do it yourself, and this article will help you achieve that goal.

Do it Yourself Massachusetts Residential Fencing Tips

We offer a comprehensive range of professional-grade fence materials that you can obtain directly from us, and our experienced team is ready to guide you through the entire process. With the support of a Massachusetts fence company like Hulme Fence, you can confidently install your own fence and achieve stunning results. We’re here to help you select the ideal fence material and design for your specific needs, provide you with all the essential materials, and offer clear and concise instructions for achieving success. Keep reading to learn more about our DIY fence installation services and helpful tips.

Determine Your Needs

The first step before you install Massachusetts residential fencing is to ask yourself what your reason is for installing it. If it’s strictly utilitarian for the purpose of keeping your kids or dog in the yard or adding a secure pool fence, you might want to choose a basic chain-link fence. If you’re looking to increase privacy or reduce noise, you will want something tall and solid like a vinyl fence. 

As a full-service Massachusetts fence company, we offer a range of DIY fence materials that are not usually available at typical big box stores to help meet your needs including vinyl that is even available in a horizontal style and aluminum from ActiveYards with optional add-ons like a “puppy picket” for extra security at the bottom of the fence. It’s likely that you have multiple needs and your goals might be complex. Whatever its purpose, a fence can function in many ways, but the first step is deciding what you’re looking for to choose one that works for you.

Measure and Design

You’ll want to ensure that you have finished all of your pre-installation steps complete before you order your product and begin the installation of your Massachusetts residential fence. There are a few important steps to prepare for a DIY fence installation. 

  • First, in order to get accurate measurements, you need to mark and measure your yard. You’ll want to make sure that you reference your property survey to identify the boundaries of your property and mark them clearly. 
  • Then, mark the corners with a stake. The corners are where panels meet at a 90-degree angle. 
  • Measure the perimeter of the area in feet. Use the stakes as a guide. The measuring tape needs to be taut, so find a helper to make it easier. 
  • Divide the perimeter by the size of the fence panels you plan to buy. Typical panel sizes range from six to eight feet. The resulting number will tell you how many units you’ll need to fence the area.

Prepare for Installation 

Another important step is to locate underground utilities by calling 811 to submit a request. Underground utility lines will affect where your fence posts can be placed. It’s crucial to research local zoning codes and restrictions. Some cities and neighborhoods have restrictions on fencing. You can give your municipality a call or take a look at their website for more information. 

A couple more key items to tackle before you begin your project include checking for obstructions on your property that may encroach on your fence line and also checking where the frost line is in your area so that your fence posts are set at the proper depth. While there are quite a few steps to take when preparing for your DIY Massachusetts residential fencing installation, it is well worth the effort to have these things taken care of properly to ensure the success of your project.

Choose Professional Grade Materials

As a professional Massachusetts residential fencing company, Hulme Fence only uses professional-grade vinyl and aluminum materials from the most respected manufacturer in the industry: ActiveYards. That means that you can also be sure to use the best, professional-grade materials for your own DIY fence installation by purchasing your materials from us!  No need to use second-rate materials from the big box stores. Considering the time and effort you’ll spend installing your own fence, you’ll want it to be as durable and long-lasting as possible!

We have access to order any of the ActiveYards’ lines of vinyl and aluminum products for your DIY project, and we often have the most popular styles already on hand. Just be sure to check with us to make sure the style you choose is readily available as some styles take longer than others to receive. Our collection of vinyl fences and aluminum fences is the best you can find, and each one is made of high-quality material and comes with a great manufacturer warranty for your peace of mind. 

Vinyl Fencing Materials

A great place to start when choosing the style of vinyl fencing for your DIY project is on our vinyl fence page. If you want a great privacy fence for your Methuen area home, a classic picket-style look, or a semi-private fence, then Activeyards’ vinyl fencing is the perfect solution! There are so many benefits to using vinyl for your fence, and with access to the unique styles and designs from Activeyards, your DIY vinyl fence is sure to be beautiful. 


ActiveYards’ vinyl fencing is extremely durable and will not rot, fade, or warp, and it’s also impervious to insect damage. Security is at a maximum with vinyl fencing. Explore the complete line of ActiveYards’ superior, professional-grade vinyl fencing styles that all offer these benefits, and give us a call to talk about which one is right for you.

Aluminum Fencing Materials

The distinctly elegant look of aluminum Massachusetts residential fencing makes it another popular choice for fencing for the DIYer.  Visit our aluminum fence page for a look at what you can achieve with a gorgeous aluminum fence from ActiveYards. 


Aluminum fencing is a top choice for residential fencing for a variety of reasons and with the ability to order a variety of exclusive styles and designs from Hulme Fence, it will provide a beautiful look to any home. An aluminum fence is a great choice for DIY Massachusetts residential fence installation because the fence panels are surprisingly lightweight for easy installation but are very strong and durable. This type of fence is easily able to stand up to Massachusetts weather conditions.

Take a look at the many options in ActiveYards’ elegant and strong aluminum fencing options and speak to us about how they will work for a DIY installation. 

Tools Needed and Installation Guidance

Installing your own fence can be a fun and rewarding experience when you have the appropriate tools and instructions. Before you get started, let the Massachusetts fence company pros at Hulme Fence provide you with the expert support you need to succeed by contacting us about best practices and installation tips. Our DIY fence page includes links to download guides for some of our most popular materials. 

Tools you may need include:

  • Torpedo Level
  • Circular Saw
  • Ready Mix Concrete (1½ Bags per Post)
  • Post Hole Digger
  • Digging/Tamping Bar
  • Stakes and String
  • Tape Measure

Certain styles of fence require additional tools. You are welcome to consult with a Hulme Fence expert at any point during your process. 

Material Pick Up and Delivery

When you order your professional-grade ActiveYards fencing from Hulme Fence, you can pick it up at our location in Methuen, Massachusetts, or we can deliver it directly to you. Check with us to determine the delivery fee to your area. Whether you choose pick-up or delivery, we will make sure you receive all of the necessary materials for the job. 

Hulme Fence is Here to Get You Started on Your DIY Fence Project!

You can count on a reliable Massachusetts fence company like Hulme Fence to help when you want to self-install your fence. Stop by our showroom to talk to our fence professionals. We are happy to help you with any questions you may have. You can also give us a call at (978) 258-3915 or contact us online for fast, friendly service!