The decking and fencing blog
Written by Fencing Plymouth
In order to avoid disputes with neighbors, it's important to practice good etiquette on building a fence. Closely observing zoning regulations and sharing basics with neighbors before the process of building starts, you'll be able to erect a fence and at the same time stay in good terms with the people next door.
Observe property lines
Never risk having to put down your fence by going even an inch over your boundaries. Review the blueprint of your house or the line drawing or obtain a new survey from your land surveyor to be sure of the boundaries. Fence contractors often install a foot inside the property line, to ensure that they build on the safe side.
Respect the limits
Fence builders get necessary permits and should be aware of regulations of local zoning on a height of the fence, setbacks, distance from a street, and other building restrictions. Typically, height limits are six feet for the back and side yards, four feet for the front yards. Often, there are more restrictive rules that apply to the corner lots, where blind curves could limit visibility of drivers. To avoid any dispute, ask about restrictions before you choose the type of fence to construct.
Observe the HOA rules
It's your job to know the do's and dont's of homeowners associations, not the fencing contractor. In order to avoid suffering from committee wrath, engaging in dispute, it's important to observe HOA guidelines. These guidelines could dictate the fence height, style, and maintenance.
Nice things to do
Share the plans you have regarding your fence
Nobody likes unpleasant surprises; so before building a fence, save yourself a dispute and talk to your neighbors. If there are already issues regarding boundaries, be sure to resolve them before building a fence. You do not have to show them the design you want for your fence; it will only invite trouble. They simply have to live with your personal choice unless it poses a danger or reduces property values.
Put the best fence face outward
Putting the more finished side of the fence on the yard of your neighbor or facing the road is a common practice.
Avoid jumping into installing a fence without carrying out a survey on the landscape around the home. The survey will show demarcations for your property, and this will avoid future disputes with your neighbor. If a fence is fixed outside of your property lines, you will be required to remove the fence and fix it within the right boundaries.
Avoid improper post setting.
Improper putting up of the fence posts will lead to a shorter lifespan of the fencing. You should always make use of gravel, concrete or sand to make the posts firm on the ground.
Don’t miscalculate the landscape and obstacles within
You should always take into consideration the design of the layout of the fence. Know the areas around the landscape that are not uniform and give them an extra care. Properly set the fencing to compensate for the landscape and non-uniform terrain in your garden.
Don't ignore the design of your home yard when putting up a fence
That is a mistake that happens as well. If you are into gardening, consider the light and how it will be reaching your landscaping once the fence is fixed.