At some point in a fence’s lifespan, it becomes clear that it’s too old to keep going. Replacing a fence can be a great way to spruce up a property and make it just as good as it was when you originally had the fence installed. However, there are some things you’re going to want to keep in mind before you embark on a journey of fence replacement. If you’re looking into fence replacement and are just getting started with the whole process, read on and familiarize yourself with some of the most essential basics.
Knowing where your property boundaries are is essential. As much as we’d like to hope otherwise, it may be the case that your current fence isn’t actually on the boundary line between you and your neighbors’ property. When looking into fence replacement, you want to understand where the boundaries are and mark them on the land while you install your fence.
You also may want to take some time to discuss this with your neighbor and make sure it’s clear who is responsible for fence upkeep and any other maintenance costs that may arise. It’s also good to be on the same page in terms of what the fence will look like and how the construction process may go. Letting your neighbor know ahead of time can make everything go much easier.
Beneath Your Fence
Remember that there are utility lines in the ground. Pipes and cables may be running under your property, so you want to check with utility companies and be certain that you’re not digging somewhere you shouldn’t be. Those sharp fence posts could end up cutting through water or electricity lines, causing all sorts of issues for you and your neighbors. Scope out utility lines before doing any backyard digging.
Permits and Laws
Most districts and counties have their own permitting rules that you should be aware of. Check with your local building office before you start doing any construction. Building a fence without a permit may be more costly in the end as you could be forced to remove the fence or even get fined. Ensure any contractors are permitted as well.
Local laws are also going to guide the building process. They may indicate what height or materials your fence may be. Brush up on any local regulations before you get started with your fence replacement.
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