Tips For Avoiding Neighbor Problems When Building A New Fence
They say that fences make good neighbors, but they can also lead to problems. This is especially true if you don't take the time to do a bit of planning and research first. The following tips can help you avoid neighborly disputes and ensure you build the right kind of fence the first time.
Tip #1: Know Your Property Line
It's your job to know where the property line really lies before you begin to install a fence, even if your current neighbors don't have any issues with a lax interpretation of the line. If these neighbors move, your next neighbors may push the issue and demand that the fence is removed or moved off the property if it crosses the line – a request you will have to follow. You can usually get a copy of the last property survey from your city or county clerk's office. If there is no current survey on file, you will need to have one done before you begin construction. It's also a good idea to build the fences several inches inside the property line, just to be sure.
Tip #2: Work With Your Neighbor
If your fence will divide your property from your neighbor, it is a good idea to share your plans and expectations with them. This can prevent disputes in the future. For example, if you are installing a wood fence, it will be your responsibility to maintain it and keep it painted, but your neighbor may be willing to keep up the side that faces their property if you allow them to paint it the color of their choice. Also, make sure you keep both sides of the fence maintained, even if your neighbor says they will handle their side. If the fence sits inside your property line is is your responsibility, regardless of any verbal agreements. By the same token, the neighbor can't make any permanent changes or cause damage to the fence, either, since it is technically yours.
Tip #3: Know the Rules
You will need to know zoning laws in your neighborhood before installing the fence. This will include allowable height requirements and the setback allowances from property lines and right-of-ways. If you hire a fencing company, they will handle the zoning and permit issues. The one exception is if you belong to a home owner's association (HOA). It is up to you to know the HOA rules and get any necessary permissions to build from the HOA prior to installing the fence on your own or allowing a contractor to do so.
For a local fence contractor, contact a company such as Arbor Fence Co Inc.