Before Your Fence Goes Up, Do Your Due Diligence
Installing a fence is a great way to add visual appeal to your property and create privacy. However, before you hire a fence contractor, you should be prepared before the first post goes up. It’s more than just finding the right fence for your needs. You should check out these items before you build.
Current fences are not always the most accurate way to measure property lines. Before your fence goes up, check the property pins or get a land survey done to check the boundaries. You don’t want complications later when someone else wants to put up a fence or moves and you discover that your beautiful fence is not on your property. While you have no obligation to speak to your neighbors about the fence, giving them a heads up is a nice gesture to keep peace if the fence borders their yard.
Your vegetation is very important. You will want to determine which plants and trees you want to protect if any are near the fence line. That lovely vine on the fence will probably be impossible to save, but trees and bushes can be boxed around. Don’t forget to check your sprinkler system and make sure that it is in line with your property pins. You’ll want to mark it so it isn’t damaged by the fence installation.
Mark off the new fence line. Don’t forget to include the gates and end lines. The fence company you work with will have flags that you can use. You don’t need to get it perfect, the crew wills straighten any imperfect lines. If you’re using different types of fencing in different areas, make sure that is indicated. You want to ensure that you have gates to accommodate bulky outdoor lawn equipment.
Before removing the old fence, you need to take off any items you want to save. This includes signs, pool equipment, and gardening tools. If you have a pool, you’ll want to check out the regulations in your community for fencing around it. Some communities have different requirements. It’s best for you to have more information about your property and liabilities.
You should also have the underground utilities on your property marked. This is typically a free service, and it will prevent time loss because of utility line damage during installation. Review the local ordinances and any HOA regulations about fencing, so that you don’t end up having to un-install your fence. If you need a variance, you can apply to the zoning board before the fence goes up. Do your homework before calling a fence contractor, and you’ll save yourself a lot of frustration.
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Mark advises people on fence and security techniques and industry trends. You can find his thoughts at his fence blog.
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