There is a reason the old saying about good fences making good neighbors is still around—it's true. Whether you want a fence to keep your dog in, the neighbor's eyesore he calls a yard out, privacy and security around your backyard swimming pool, or just want to add a little curb appeal to your home, a fence is a useful tool for setting boundaries. Here are a few things to think about before installing a fence around your property.
Robert Frost's wisdom aside, a fence can also cause issues if it isn't gone about the right way. First, give your adjoining neighbors a little notice. Yes, it's your yard, and you can build a fence if you like, but it's just the neighborly thing to do. After all, their view is going to change. They need time to adjust to the change.
You also need to know 100 percent, beyond a shadow of a doubt, where your legal property line is. It doesn't matter if you and the next-door neighbor have a verbal understanding between one another that you let him use that narrow strip alongside your garage for his compost pile. A fence needs to be installed according to the property's legal description, or it could come back to bite you down the line. Hire a surveyor to come and mark it if there is any doubt.
Letting your neighbors know you are going to install a fence is also the financially savvy thing to do. One or more of your neighbors may be willing to split the labor and materials costs and have their entire yard fenced as well. A fencing contractor may be willing to lower his bid if he is getting more than one job out of the deal. Shared expenses could potentially mean installing a nicer fence than you had originally planned as well.
Choose The Right Type Of Fence
If you live in a nice residential neighborhood, chances are your neighbors probably won't appreciate it if you build yourself a fence out of used wooden pallets. In fact, if you live in a subdivision and belong to a homeowners' association, there are likely covenants that dictate what kind of fence you can build. Check with them before you build; they may only allow traditional wooden fences or wrought iron, for example. They may also have covenants regarding the fence height or color.
For more information, contact a fencing company like Security Fence.