Practicing good fence etiquette will help maintain your friendly relationships with your neighbors. It is important that you are aware of the laws for your neighborhood and have conversations with your neighbors so that you’re completely knowledgeable before having your residential fence installed. Here are some important points you will want to remember!
The Must List
The best advice in fence etiquette starts with observing your boundaries. Before having your new residential fence installed, be mindful of the property boundaries of your home. Study the line drawing or plat of your home. If necessary, have a land surveyor conduct a new survey. You must also know and adhere to the local zoning regulations of your home. Review those restrictions to avoid disputes not only with your neighbors but fines from your municipality. Finally, if you have a homeowners association, they may also have their own set of rules when it comes to fencing. Be sure to get a copy of those as well before installing a new fence.
The Nice List
It’s nice to share your plans of installing a new fence with your neighbors. Give them the schedule for when the professionals will do the work and warn them of any early morning noises that may disturb their sleep or schedule. Make sure that all property line issues have been resolved before you begin the installation. Furthermore, it’s a nice and common practice to face the more finished side of the fence toward the street and your neighbors’ properties. In the years to come, be sure to maintain the overall appearance and structure of your fence so that it remains clean and in great condition.
The Good List
If you have any reasons for wanting to install a fence taller than what your zoning laws allow, it is within your options to apply for a variance. At that point, your neighbors will be able to comment at the variance hearing. Keep in mind that trees and hedges can act as natural fencing if you don’t prefer the look of installing an actual fence. It’s also good to know that if your fence has suffered any damage from your neighbors, take photos and have a conversation with your neighbors. If they don’t agree to take on the repairs, small claims court would be your next option.
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