If you are looking to put up a fence in your yard, there are more things to consider than just the practical requirements. There is a human element to installing residential fences as well. While you may think that a certain type of fence is a great idea, the neighbors with whom you share a border could have a different opinion. Follow these four fence etiquette tips to make sure that the only wall going up between you and your neighbors is a physical one.
Talk to Your Neighbors
They say it is easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission, but that is not always the case with residential fences. If you are looking into putting up a fence, talk to the neighbors who border your property. They will likely be grateful that you let them know about your fence plans, and if putting up a privacy fence was on their mind as well, they may even offer to split the cost with you. Aside from simply being good fence etiquette, letting your neighbors know about your plans is a polite gesture that they may return in kind in the future.
Confirm Your Property Line
It goes without saying, but make sure the land you plan to put the fence on actually belongs to you. If there is any doubt, consider using the services of a land surveyor. Unless your relationship with your neighbors is particularly chummy, it is helpful to erect your fence well within your property line. While this has the potential drawback of making your neighbors think that the space outside of the fence is theirs, it will allow you to maintain and work on your fence without going onto your neighbor’s property.
Consult Your HOA and Local Government
Your homeowners association or local governing body likely have their own guidelines and regulations for residential fences. Consult these before installing your fence. If your fence is too tall, too brightly-colored, or otherwise in violation of codes and regulations, you may find yourself in hot water with your HOA or local government.
Figure Out Which Way to Point the “Good Side”
Most fences have a “good side” which is more polished and uniform than the other. The backside of a residential fence often has posts that many consider unsightly. It is considered good fence etiquette to face the good side of your fence towards your neighbors, but some fence owners are of the opinion that whoever pays for the fence gets the good side. You can avoid this conflict by installing a so-called “good neighbor fence.” These fences are made with a sandwich design that allows the fence to have two good sides. In addition to being uniformly beautiful, these fences are often stronger than other fences.
Hercules Fence is Here to Help
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