Thinking of installing a new fence? Before the construction begins, some planning and research can help guide your fencing project so that your new fence looks great. With the numerous fencing options available today, take your time deciding which fence details and designs you like best. Beyond the design of your fence, there are other logistical components involved in a fencing project. Do you know exactly where your property lines are? Even if a neighbor says the proposed fence location is ok, the next owner of that adjacent property could disagree. Having your property surveyed could prevent a big headache later with a neighbor who disputes your fence location. If you are replacing or installing a fence bordering a neighbor’s property, you might want to ask that neighbor if he or she would be interested in splitting the cost of the fence in return for the construction of a good neighbor fence. A good neighbor fence generally refers to a fence that offers two-sided similar visual appeal.
During the planning phase of a fencing project, another question to ask yourself is who will build the fence. Like painting, some homeowners decide that they can install their new fence on their own. Depending on one’s level of skill and physical ability, a fence project can quickly overwhelm a homeowner. Quality fence contractors have a level of skill that enables them to determine how to construct a fence given the type of terrain such as soil stability and topography as well as any influencing weather conditions such as high winds or snow load. In addition, fence contractors can be instrumental in helping you determine the best fence for your house and budget. For example, discuss with several fence contractors the different styles of fencing, the location and design of any gates as well as gate hardware. These elements make a big difference to the look and function of a fence. Different fence contractors will have various opinions and this discussion will help aid your decision on which fence contractor to hire if you are not building the fence yourself.
Generally fence contractors can install most fences within a few days. Weather conditions and the size of the job can of course influence this timeline. Good fence contractors will have more projects on their books than others so you may have to wait a few weeks for your fencing project to commence.