Installing a new residential fence is a big investment for any homeowner, and there are many decisions to be made throughout the whole process. One thing that can make purchasing and installing a fence easier is to know everything there is to know about the property lines, utilities, and other hurdles involved in erecting a structure on your property. While your fence installation professional will take measurements on-site, it is still beneficial for homeowners to learn exactly what factors dictate the placement of a new fence.
Official Property Lines
Before installing a new fence, it is a good idea to make sure that your property lines are where you think they are. This is especially true for residential areas with poorly distinguished borders between properties. You want to avoid building a fence on someone else’s property at all costs. Unless your fence is well within your property (a pool fence within a larger backyard, for example), you should refer to your home’s plat to determine the official property line. If you do not have the plat in your records, you may have to contact your local records office.
Location of Underground Utilities
Any contractor or homeowner who is digging underground for any reason should ensure that electrical lines, gas pipes, and other underground utilities are not in the area. Utility companies and municipalities often have phone numbers that you can call to determine the location of any underground infrastructure before you dig. While your fence installation professionals will likely do this before they begin construction on your new fence, it is always a good idea to know where these utilities are for future projects.
Measurements of Your Yard
Taking rough measurements of your yard and the area to be fenced in can help when you are looking for estimates and fencing contractors. There is a great deal of difference in cost between a hundred-foot-long fence and a thousand-foot-long fence. While your measurements will be rough and your fence installation company will end up taking their own later, these estimates will be helpful in the early stages of planning your new fence.
When assessing your property and planning out the location of your new fence, take note of any obstructions that cannot be moved or discarded. Trees, boulders, and hills can present challenges to a fence installation team. It is helpful to know from the start if you are willing to remove any of the obstacles before putting in your new fence.
Hercules Fence is Here to Help
No matter what type of fence you have decided on, Hercules Fences has the expertise and equipment to construct your dream fence. Our experienced team can help meet your fencing needs, whether they are residential or commercial, for the right price. We proudly serve Albemarle County, Amelia, Ashland, Augusta, Buckingham, Caroline, Charles City, Charlottesville, Chester County, Chesterfield County, Colonial Heights, Cumberland County Dinwiddle County, Fluvanna County, and Fort Lee, Virginia, VA. Give us a call at 804-752-7992 or visit us online. To see examples of our work and keep in touch, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr, and Pinterest.