So, you want to install a fence on your property—whether it be to keep your dog from running rampant or to simply enjoy some more privacy in your yard. However, installing a fence isn't always so clear-cut; in some cases, they can lead to major disputes between neighbors. Before you hire a contractor to build that fence, then, there are some etiquette tips you'll want to keep in mind.
Share Your Plans With Neighbors
As a general rule, it's a good idea to share your fence-building plans with neighbors well in advance. This way, you can avoid or mitigate any disputes before they start and show your neighbors a little respect. Furthermore, speaking with your neighbors about your planned fence line before you build can help alert you to any misunderstandings or errors in your planning. For instance, you may have mistakenly thought that your property line extended farther than it actually does. Talking your plans over with your neighbors ahead of time, then, can help make you aware of possible boundary disputes before you spend your money on the fence.
Be Aware of HOA Regulations
If you live in an area where you're part of a homeowners association (HOA), then you'll also want to check your handbook or bylaws to ensure that your plan follows the rules and regulations set forth by your HOA. For example, you may be prohibited to build fences that are past a certain height, or you may even be prevented from painting your fence a certain color. Be sure to speak to your HOA governing members if you have any questions or concerns about building your fence and staying in compliance.
Keep Up With Maintenance
Finally, understand that if you choose to build a fence on your property, you're generally also responsible for maintaining that fence on all sides. This means that when it comes time to stain or paint a wooden privacy fence, you'll have to stain/paint it on your side and the outside of the fence. Should any damage occur to the fence, you'll also be responsible for repairing or replacing it unless you can prove that the damage was caused by your neighbors.
Now that you have a better understanding of what etiquette steps to follow before building a fence on your property, you can be sure to end up with a fence you love without creating any neighbor disputes in the process. For more information, ask your fencing contractor (such as Challenger Fence Co Inc)
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