Fences can do a lot to increase the curb appeal of your home, improve privacy, and add value to your property. However, like any project of this scope, there are potential issues that can arise during the process. In order to ensure that you get the perfect fence installation from your contractor, here are 10 tips to keep in mind before starting your home fencing project:
Get Your Legal Ducks in a Row
One of the most important things to do before a home fence is installed is to check with local utility providers to make sure that your digging won’t cut any gas, electric or telephone lines. This is a simple step that can prevent huge headaches later on.
In addition to checking with utilities, it is also a good idea to check with your city and neighborhood to see if there are any rules regulating fence construction. If there are, this will give you a chance to make any necessary adjustments to the design of your new fence so that it meets all regulations.
Talk to Your Neighbors
If there are trees growing in the area where you want your fence to go, it is a good idea to talk to them and find out what their wishes are. You may be able to come up with a solution that works for everyone without having to remove the trees. In some cases, if the tree is leaning into your yard or encroaching on the property line, it may be possible to build the fence around it or even to box it in.
Pay Attention to Slopes
As you clear out obstacles from the site where you’re planning your fence, take a look at the slope of the ground and note it on your survey. This will help you to plan for how the fence will be built on the slope. If the slope is not significant, your fence contractor may be able to level it during the installation process and save you some money.
Orient the Fence Correctly
If you’re installing a fence to protect pets and children, or for aesthetic reasons, it’s important to remember that the finished side of the fence should face the neighbors and not the street. It can be easy to forget this when designing your fence, but it’s an important detail to keep in mind.
By following these simple tips, you can be sure that your fence will be a positive addition to your home. And by taking the time to make important decisions, you can ensure a smooth installation process from start to finish. For more tips, or for help with your next residential or commercial fencing project, please contact our team today! We can’t wait to hear from you.