Installing a new fence surrounding your property is probably ideal if the older fence is no longer holding up as it once used to. You may also desire better privacy than your current fence provides or better curb appeal. Installing a fence can be easy work, but here are four things you must do before starting the process:
- Talk to Your Neighbors: If you are wanting to install a new fence, you are probably going to have to get your neighbors involved if the fence will also be a part of their property. If the idea is yours, you should have the wood posts facing your side of the home, which is a great incentive for the neighbors to agree to you installing a new fence. Don't forget to also come up with a contract with who will pay for what. It should be in writing that the installation was agreed upon, in case the neighbors attempt to complain about it in the future.
- Check Fencing Codes: Every city will have different codes on fence installation. The one area you need to check is how far the fence posts must be posted into the ground. For example, some areas will require that it is 2 feet deep in the ground while others will require it to be 4 feet in the ground.
- Have Land Surveyed: Before installing the fence have your land surveyed. The surveyor will establish correct property lines which could possibly differ from where the original fence was installed in the past. This is another way to ensure that neighbors cannot fight you on the legality on the fence installation, as well.
- Choose the Right Fence: Finally, you want to be sure that you install the right fence for your needs. Of course, you are also going to need to negotiate on fence type with your neighbors, but you need to have a clear goal in mind to discuss with them. For example, if you are looking for more privacy, then a chain link fence is out of the question. If you are looking for curb appeal and to blend into the landscaping, then a wood fence may be the right choice for you. Be sure to consider all options so you know what fencing types you are comfortable with.
When you do these four things before installing a new fence, you can be sure that the process is done as successfully as possible.