Building a New Fence? Here’s What You Should Do First

There are many reasons why you might want to put up a fence on your property. Maybe you have pets and kids that you want to keep safe or perhaps you have a pool that you need a barrier around. Whatever the reason is, remember to take these steps when you plan for a new fence.

1. Check With Local Regulations

If you have a homeowner’s association in your neighborhood, they probably have mandates on what kind of fence you can put up. Even if you don’t have a homeowner’s association, it’s a good idea to check with your local zoning office to find out about your local fencing laws. There may be regulations about the height or how far it needs to be from the street, for instance. You may even need to apply for a permit.

2. Talk to Your Neighbors

It is considerate to give a heads up to your neighbors who will be affected by your plan for a new fence. By discussing the fence with them in the early stages, you can avoid a dispute down the road. You will likely have the same neighbors for many years, so it is always best to stay on good terms with them.

3. Verify Your Property Lines

Another important step to take when you plan for a new fence is to make sure you know where your property lines are. Your deed has a description of the property lines based on landmarks. If you need more detailed information, ask the county recorder’s office if they have a map of your property available for public viewing that shows clear outlines of the boundaries.

4. Choose the Materials

The materials you choose to build the fence from will depend on your budget, the purpose of the fence, local rules and regulations, and the climate in your area. Research the pros and cons of different fencing materials to determine which type of fence is best for your situation.

5. Get 3 Estimates When You Plan For a New Fence

As with any construction project, experts recommend getting 3 estimates to compare. When choosing fencing contractors, look at previous customer testimonials online. Ask them about their timeline and also consider this when deciding who will build your fence.

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