Planning for Installing Your Fence

Published on: March 26, 2013

Fences come in many shapes and sizes, and many materials such as wood, chain link, heavy iron and more. Fences add value to your property and home, so you should be careful and plan ahead when you intend to have a fence installed on your property, so that the finished project will be both aesthetically pleasing and affordable.

Consider talking to your neighbors before contacting your local landscaping service or construction company. It’s possible that next door neighbors might also be interested in having a fence installed and might even be willing to split the fence installation expense with you, or a contractor might offer a sizeable discount depending on the size of the job involved.

Make sure that you check any fencing laws in your local area, whether state, local or bylaws written by your homeowner’s association. Rules may dictate the height or style of the fence you can choose, sometimes depending on the size of the lot your home sits on, or if the area has heavy traffic. Look around the neighborhood and ask your contractor to base your fence on any existing styles.

Consider having a plan or design drawn up to show what the property will look like with the fence already constructed. Privacy fences can be eyesores depending on the area where they’re built, for example. Having a built fence moved or torn down can be a timely and expensive process, so make sure that the work is done right the first time.

Ask your local landscaper or contractor for other tips or advice on what would work best for your yard and your property. Being prepared and ready ahead of time can make all the difference.

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