Look Up Local Codes
you get started, check with your local zoning enforcement office or community
association. Most communities restrict the height or distance from the property
line. Your rear fence might go as high as 6 or 7 feet, while the front might be
no higher than 3 or 4 feet. If the style of the fence is more open, the rule might
be less restrictive.
Pinpoint Property Lines
Check the survey
attached to your deed, if you plan to install a fence on or near the property
line. If you don't have a survey, get a copy of the deed from the county clerk's
office, or hire a surveyor to do a new one.
Partner Up on the Price
Of course, cost is a consideration. But if you get along with your
neighbors, you might get them to agree to share the financial burden. Make sure
you get the agreement in writing.
If Neighbors Don't Agree
they don't want to help install a fence, you still have the right to install one
yourself on your own property. Just make sure you pinpoint the boundary, and place
it well within your side of the line. But be neighborly about it. Tell them what
you plan to build.
Call Mr. or Ms. Utility
Check with your
utility company to avoid the shocking experience of digging into a gas, electric
or water line. Reposition the fence-post holes, if necessary. Be sure to allow
enough space around trees to give them room to grow.
Those are some introductory
tips. Now let's get down to the design details.Page
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