What to know before installing a fence

It’s actually really important to make sure that you have everything sorted out properly before you try installing any fence. The reason for this is because it can be a major waste of just about every resource you can imagine if you make too many mistakes with the installation. You will have to tear up the earth to tear out fencing that you’ve installed incorrectly, you may destroy part of the fence in the processing, it will be time consuming, and it will waste your effort. Here are a few things you should keep in mind in order to not end up having to do the fence installation again.

Zoning and other laws and regulations

It’s a good idea to make sure that you have a full understanding of what’s allowed in your particular area and neighborhood. There could be zoning laws indicating what type of fencing you can install, how deep, using which materials, and so on. You really don’t want to have to pull out the fencing you installed for this reason. Make sure you check with any neighborhood association you’re a part of, or any building codes in order to make sure your fences meet all codes. You may need to make sure the fence isn’t too close to the sidewalk either, for example. 

Think before you do it alone

Installing fences is often tremendously difficult, and more trouble than you’d imagine just by looking at it. This is why it’s a good idea to get some help from neighbors, friends, family members or professionals before you consider trying to do the whole thing by yourself. You really don’t want to be halfway through the project before realizing that it’s going to be more work than you can handle alone. 

Talk to your neighbors

If your fencing has any chance of affecting neighbors, you’re really going to want to talk to them before you try it. If you build a fence too close to one of their gardens, or if you have to tear up trees or other plants in order to make the fence work, then you never know how your neighbors will feel about this unless you ask them directly. They may consider part of a tree that’s technically on your side of the property line to be partly there’s since its branches move over the line. There may be some dispute about where the property line even is if you’ve never looked into it before. These are all things you should really know before you try installing fencing.

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