Whether you’re looking at wood fences, chain link or ornamental iron, fencing adds value to your property and lifestyle. Take the time to carefully plan for a fence and the finished project will be more attractive and affordable.
Talk to your neighbors before contacting your local fence company. They may be willing to split the cost of the fence installation with you, and some contractors will offer you a discount on larger jobs spread across a few properties.
Find out about the local fencing bylaws in your area. In many cases the height and style restrictions are in place, especially on corner lots or in high traffic areas. Ask your fencing contractor and have a look around the neighborhood to see what other fence styles have been allowed.
Locate your property lines or have your property survey available for the installers to look over. Make sure that the fence is located within or on the property boundaries. Moving an existing fence can be an expensive and messy process, so be sure that the initial placement and measurements are correct.
Think about how your yard will look when the fence is up. Wood privacy fences can block out unattractive views and provide plenty of solitude, but they can also make a small yard appear even smaller. Consider chain link or iron fence if privacy isn’t an issue or opt for a lower wood fence to avoid feeling closed in.
Hire a professional fencing contractor for the best value. DIY fencing may look like a cheaper option, but when a fence is installed incorrectly it can create an eyesore and actually reduce the value of your property. Remember that you get what you pay for, and hiring a professional is always worth the additional investment.