So, you have decided that it is time to install a new fence. Here are a few things to think about to make sure that you end up loving the finished product.
- Decide why you want one- Having a fence around your property is always a good idea, however if you know exactly WHY you want one it can benefit you in choosing the right type of fence. For example, a fence that is there to simply establish property boundaries can be very different from a fence aimed at keeping a dog in the yard.
- Think about possible maintenance- There are many different fence materials to choose from: wood, vinyl, chain link, rod iron to name a few. Some materials are nearly maintenance free while others require more maintenance. Understanding this can help to avoid a regretted decision.
- Consider the cost- Many people are surprised by the chunk of change that a new fence can cost so it is helpful to research the type of material that fits your budget. There are also things that can make your fence more expensive such as tear out of an existing fence, gates, and hardware.
- Do your research- Make sure to hire a company that is licensed, insured, and experienced. Find out if your city/county requires a permit for a new fence, and always submit your plans to your HOA for approval before beginning the install.
- Don’t DIY- A fence is a large investment and a lot of work. It is the best to hire an experienced installer that offers a warranty on your new fence.
- Acknowledge your neighbors-Be considerate of the people living next to you. Let them know your plans so that they can plan themselves. If your neighbors have animals they may need to keep them contained during the install, and you never know, they may even help pay for the cost if a fence is something that they are wanting as well.
- Think about Landscape and Sprinkler Systems- Typically fences are placed on or near your property line. Take a look to make sure the property line is clear of trees, shrubs, bushes, etc. Also mark your sprinkler lines to avoid damage.
Keep these points in mind when installing a fence and you should be able to get one that suits your needs and desires and eliminates any regret further on down the line.