You may think that it’s best to install your new fence directly on top of your property line to ensure you have access to as much of your yard as possible. However, you may not be able to install a fence on your property line, as it depends on where you live and how your neighbor feels about the fence. Continue reading to figure out how close you can build your new fence to your property line.
Get A Survey
If you do not know where your exact property line falls, it’s best to get a survey to ensure you don’t build on your neighbor’s property. Check with your county deed and assessor’s office to see if they have a copy, or if you paid for one when you purchased your home. If not, you will need to hire a qualified surveyor to complete the survey. While this may seem expensive or unnecessary, it is crucial to know exactly where your property line is when installing a new fence.
Check Rules and Regulations
The laws about fences and property lines vary by state, and Washington, DC does not have specific fence laws. In the event of a fence law dispute, you and your neighbor must look to common law principles for guidance on how to address it. In DC, it is generally accepted that fences built along a property line are owned by both property owners when both owners use the fence, unless they agree otherwise. In this case, the best scenario is that your neighbor wants a fence on their property as well and is happy to split the cost with you. Before installing a new fence, be sure to talk to your neighbors and talk their thoughts and input seriously.
Consult With An Expert
Once you check if your neighbor is happy to have a new fence on their property line, you should then consult with a few more people before making the final decision. Talk to experts including a realtor, a local government representative, your HOA president, and a fence installation professional for advice on how close you install your fence to your property line. These people will all have your best interests in mind and can help make the best decision for your home.
Residential Fences for Your Home from Hercules Fence DC
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