In a perfect world, having a new fence put up around your property would be as simple as calling up your local fencing company and scheduling an installation date. In the real world, however, this tactic wouldn't get you very far--or make you very happy. If you would like to learn more about how to go about planning for a new fence, read on. This article will discuss three things you need to do long before your installation date.

Research Local Regulations

There's no point in settling on the details for your new dream fence, only to find out that the rules and regulations of your local municipality won't allow it. A much better strategy is to establish any such limits before moving on to the planning phase. Contact your local homeowner's association to learn more about whether there are restrictions on such factors as:

  • fence height
  • acceptable building materials
  • location of the fence from house and/or street

Once you have clarified points such as these, you may safely start working out the details of your new fence. Be aware, however, that chances are you will still need to secure a building permit before installation can proceed. In order to get such a permit, you may need to submit information about the design and/or materials of your fence. A good fence contractor can often help you work though this stage of the process.

Decide On The Fence's Primary Function

Now that you know about any hard limits on the size and spacing of your fence, you can finally get down to the fun stuff: picking out a fence that will best match the design aesthetic of your home and yard. Yet it is important not to prioritize appearance too highly; remember to consider other factors such as your privacy, security, and enclosure needs.

To a certain degree, these factors will dictate the appropriate fencing materials. For instance, a decorative vinyl fence will not be able to offer the same degree of security as a wood or steel fence. Thus it is important to make a list prioritizing the various functions that your fence will serve. With this information, you and your fencing contractor will be better able to determine the best material and style to suit your needs.

Discuss Your Plans With Your Neighbors

It's important not to forget that your new fence isn't just going to impact you and your yard. Its effect on your immediate neighbors will be almost as great. Thus, in order to maintain cordial relations, it is important to make the effort to discuss your plans with those neighbors. This will help to put them at ease once the installation itself begins, as they won't have to wait with bated breath to find out the type of fence you've decided to put up.

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