Residential fence installation jobs run the gamut from incredibly straightforward to maddeningly complex. HOA rules, property line disputes, and arguments with neighbors can make installing a fence much harder than it needs to be, and a small amount of courtesy and communication beforehand can smooth the way for neighborly relations for many years to come. The saying goes that good fences make good neighbors, but being neighborly and communicative with those living around you in the first place can help you and your fence installation team create a gorgeous fence that will stand the test of time. Here are some neighborly tips to help make residential fence installation go as smoothly as possible.
Understand Any Rules, Regulations, or Restrictions That Apply
Before you begin the residential fence installation process, it can help to research any regulations, property lines, or HOA rules that may apply. Some neighborhoods have restrictions on fence height, color, and other aspects of fence design. Local and state governments also have regulations in place that may impact fence height or placement. Knowing these rules (and where your property line is) can help speed along the planning process.
Talk to Any Neighbors That May Be Impacted
If you plan on building a boundary fence, it is common courtesy to talk to the neighbors with whom you share a border. Talking with your neighbors can nip any property disputes in the bud. Getting their input on residential fence installation may bring to your attention concerns that you may not have considered. After all, your neighbors will have to live with your new fence too. Avoid blocking off any important views with overly obstructive fences, and try to find a fence design that will meet your needs while also fitting in with the neighborhood’s aesthetic. If your new fence will have a finished and unfinished side, it is common practice to have the finished side facing away from your property and towards your neighbors.
Be Courteous With Residential Fence Installation and Future Maintenance
Finally, be aware of your neighbors when planning the logistics of residential fence installation and maintenance. If you know that your neighbors have just had a baby, for instance, get their input on how to make the experience less obtrusive around naptime. Be sure to stay current with fence maintenance and upkeep, especially on your neighbor’s side of the fence. Address any chipping paint, rusting hardware, or tilting posts promptly to avoid leaving an eyesore or safety hazard on display for the whole neighborhood.
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.