4 Things You Need To Do Before Building A Fence On Your Property

So you're a homeowner who's interested in building a fence on your property. Perhaps you're looking to increase your privacy, separate yourself from your neighbors, or even keep a pet dog from leaving the property. Regardless of your reasoning for wanting a fence installed on your property, there are a few steps you'll need to take before you follow through with the project.

Check With Your HOA

If you're part of a homeowners association (HOA), you'll need to check your HOA by-laws and regulations to find out if you're even permitted to build a fence. If you are, there may be restrictions on the specific type of fence you can build (some HOAs ban chain-link fences, for example), the height of the fence, or other specifications. The last thing you want is to build a fence only to find out later on that your HOA doesn't permit it.

Have Your Land Surveyed

Before you build, it's important to be aware of what your property line boundaries are. This way, you can avoid getting into a dispute with your neighbors over whose property the fence line is resting on. Even if you're pretty sure of your property boundaries, it's a good idea to contact a professional land surveying company to be absolutely sure--especially if you're going to be spending a significant chunk of money on your new fence. Contact a company like Community Sciences Corporation to have your property surveyed.

Obtain Necessary Permits

Depending on where you live, you may be required to obtain a permit from your city offices before you can build your fence. If you're hiring a professional contractor to install your fence for you, the good news is that he or she should take care of applying for any necessary permits for you. Still, it's a good idea to check and be sure that's included with your quote before you sign your contract.

Talk to Your Neighbors

Finally, while it's not required that you tell your neighbors about your intentions for building a fence, it's good etiquette and a neighborly act to let them know. This is especially true if you'll be building a wooden fence that may require you to have work done on their side of the fence from time to time (such as staining or painting). Not to mention, your neighbors may appreciate being made aware of when the fence will be installed so they can make sure to keep their pets inside that day.