A fence is to your property what the walls are to your house. It provides you security, defines your property boundary, and enhances the overall look of your residence. However, before you start to build a fence or commission one for your property, take a look at some of the important aspects of fence-building.
Know your property limits when you build your fence
Often, we think we know exactly where our property boundaries are. But it may happen that unknowingly we have encroached on our neighbor’s land. Or, there are underground utility pipelines that need consideration before installing a fence. A good way to get the exact dimensions of the property is by getting a land survey done to avoid any disputes or expensive penalties in the future.
Be familiar with the fencing regulations in your area
Make sure you know the regulations in your area concerning putting up property fences. These regulations may apply to the height and spacing of the fence as well as the material used. Find out what good fencing implies in your locality. Generally, if you are an urban homeowner, a steel fence is considered adequate. However, in rural areas, post and wire fencing will suffice. Do not forget to check with your local council if you require a permit to build one.
Involve your neighbors
Talk to your neighbors and let them into your plans to install a fence to foster a healthy relationship. For a common boundary with your neighbor, the fence would be considered a joint asset. In such a case, the fencing cost will be shared between you both as per regulations. If you are replacing an existing common fence, you will need your neighbor’s consent or court order to execute the plan.
Decide upon the fencing material to build a fence
Carefully decide upon the fencing material keeping in mind the local council’s fence regulations, the purpose of the fence, budget and maintenance required. For example, regulations stipulate that you cannot have imperforated metal fences.
When it comes to maintenance, a wooden fence will require frequent upkeep. In comparison, custom brick fences look good yet don’t demand much of your attention. Budget is also another consideration before you place your order. While steel as a material comes at a premium, wood is the least expensive of all of these materials.
DIY or hire a contractor
The final point to consider before you start your fencing project is whether to do it yourself or commission it to a fencing service provider. As a DIY project, it may be a fun activity to undertake, though, a time-consuming and sweat-dripping one. But hiring a service provider will relieve you of the headache of getting the panels as per exact measurements and installing them flawlessly.
Building a fence involves considerable investment and effort. You wouldn’t want all your time and money to go down the drain because you overlooked the finer points. Follow the checklist above before moving ahead with your fence building project for success.