Having a secure place for your children or animals in your yard requires fencing. Aluminum fencing comes in a wide variety of styles and colors and can be used on almost any type of area, including a sloped area. Once you have picked out the design and color of the fencing materials, there are a few other chores you need to do before placing the order.
Any time you add fencing you need to check with local zoning laws. You may be limited in the height of a fence, or there may be an area of the yard that needs to be accessible to city or county personnel or to utility companies. In addition, make sure that where you are placing the fence is on your property and not crossing onto a piece that belongs to a neighbor.
Contact all the utility companies, even if you do not use that utility, to make sure that there are no underground wires or pipes where you plan on digging. Just because you do not use gas in the home does not mean that a gas line was not placed through the property to get to another house. The companies will come out and mark the ground in any area that has a line and let you know how deep you can safely dig.
Using a few small stakes and some string, create a mock-up of the fence line. This will allow you to actually see where the fence is and whether there will be any special problems, such as a slope, large tree, or trench that will need to be worked around. This will save you from having to wait for different parts or pieces to be ordered or having to remove the tree or fill in a trench. If you are having professionals do the installation, this may mean having to pay them to come to your home two times to complete the job.
Knowing exactly where the fence is going to be allows you to be sure to order any and all necessary parts. It also ensures that the fence is going to be compliant with any laws or regulations in place by the municipalities or a homeowner's association. Proper planning will also ensure that the fence is installed correctly so that it will last a long time and provide the protection you want. The few chores you need to do will not take long but can save you time and money in the long run.