When installing a new fence on your property, you must always think about your neighbors and how it will affect their yard. After all, the fence will be a boundary on their property as well, and they will have to see it every day. Continue reading for a few tips on new fence etiquette and how to avoid any problems with your next-door neighbors.
The most important aspect of installing a new fence is to stay inside your property line and observe boundaries. If your fence is installed even one inch over your property line, you face the risk of having to tear down the entire fence and start over. Carefully look at your house line drawing document, or order a new survey from a land surveyor. When installing a fence, it’s protocol to install it about a foot inside your property line, just to ensure you are within your boundaries.
Follow Limits and HOA Rules
Installing a fence with a professional company is crucial, as they can obtain permits and have knowledge of local zoning regulations. While the regulations are different over the U.S., heigh limits typically state that side and backyard fences must be under six feet, and front yard fences cannot exceed four feet.
However, fencing companies aren’t responsible for knowing your HOA rules, so it’s essential to do your own research. Your HOA may have certain restrictions on style, height, and maintenance- and to avoid any problems with the association and with neighbors, be sure to follow their rules exactly.
Discuss With Neighbors
Before installing a new fence, it’s common practice to talk to your neighbors and inform them of your plans. You don’t need to share the type of fence or paint color you plan on using- as long as you are following limits and guidelines and the fence doesn’t lower property values, you are free to install any fence you’d like! It’s also common to face the finished side towards your neighbors, so the fence looks finished from those looking onto your property.
Residential Fences for Your Home from Hercules Fence DC
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