A new fence is a major investment that can increase the value of your property. So, we’ve put together an easy checklist on how to best prepare for this project. If you’re planning for a new fence in the near future, here is a short five-step guide.
1. Check local guidelines.
If you have a homeowner’s association, they’ll be the first people to contact to find out if there are any restrictions or specifications for fencing in your community. If not, check with your municipality about city laws that may dictate materials, height, and position from the street. Let them know that you’re planning for a new fence and they’ll be able to answer your questions.
2. Choose the best fence for your particular needs.
Chain-link fences used to be popular for almost any purpose. Today, there are many options that work well for multiple purposes and are much more attractive. Here are some things to think about when choosing your fence.
- Purpose: Is the purpose of your fence to give your yard privacy, to keep pets and kids safe, or both? Perhaps it’s for pool safety, or even just for decorative purposes. The reason why you are building a fence will help you determine which style to choose.
- Style: Consider the style of your house and your landscaping when considering materials.
- Materials: You can choose from traditional wood, vinyl, or wrought iron, to name a few of the available fencing materials. Or, you could think about a combination of different materials, like wood and wire, when planning for a new fence. You could even incorporate brick and stone into your fencing design.
- Pets: Your new fence may be for keeping your pets safe when they’re outdoors. The size and habits of your pets will determine the dimensions and features you need.
- Pool: Some areas require outdoor pools to be surrounded by a secure fence to keep children and animals safe. Your local zoning department will have any specifications.
3. Make a plan.
It may sound basic, but by simply drawing the fence on a piece of paper, you can communicate your wants and needs to the fencing contractor. It will also help you visualize your plan and decide if it is really what you want.
4. When planning for a new fence, always talk to your neighbors about property lines.
This conversation will give you a heads up about any possible disputes. Every homeowner doesn’t know where their exact property line is, but it can usually be determined by looking at the deed
5. Get estimates.
Once you have figured out exactly where you want your fence to be and how you want it to look, contact at least three fencing professionals for estimates. Be sure to check out previous customer reviews and consider them when deciding who to go with.