Did you know the average price to install each fence panel?
No wonder that when making the decision to install a fence and hiring the right person it’s important to do a bit of homework.
Can a fence add value to your home?
Keep reading to learn 10 things to consider before adding a yard fence to your property.
10 Questions To Ask Before You Add A Yard Fence to Your Property
Adding a yard fence can improve your home’s curb appeal on top of giving you more privacy. It can also add value to your home if you were to decide to sell it in the future. This, of course, means installing a fence that’s done right not thrown up with little thought.
Design, practicality, material, and functionality will all add to your home’s value and curb appeal.
1. What Do You Want?
First, you will want to decide what you want to install. Do you want to install a fence that’s tall enough for privacy? Do you want a fence that will keep your dog in your yard?
There are endless options from chain fences, white picket fences, privacy fences, etc. Whatever purpose you choose is fine the key is to know what will work for what you want.
2. Have You Done Your Homework?
You will have to do your homework before installing a fence. You want to make sure that you install it on your exact property lines and not the city lines or the neighbour’s property. This is also the time to research what the local ordinances and laws are where you live.
You want to make sure you know all of the regulations so that you don’t find yourself having to bring it down after you spend time and money getting installing your fence. This is also the time to find out if your fence has to be a certain distance from your home and a certain distance from your property lines.
3. What Are the Measurements?
You will want to get the dimensions for where you plan on putting the fence. This will help you get an idea of how much the project will cost in material or it will help you get a quote over the phone if you have the measurements.
To have an accurate estimate and compare options you will need to have the exact measurements.
4. What Material Do You Want?
Deciding what material you want will depend on your personal preference. Taking the year-round weather as we will discuss below is another thing to consider. Choosing something that lasts longer than wood will save you money and time in the future when it comes to maintenance.
You can find useful info online about material options over wood that will look great and last longer.
5. Do You Want To Hire A Professional?
A fence installation might sound simple but it can escalate quickly if you don’t know what you’re doing. Contacting a pro that has done a fence installation before will save you some headaches and time. They will be familiar with the laws and permits needed.
They will also be a great source of ideas on the design and material. Make sure to ask for samples offences they have already installed.
6. What Is the Climate?
Take into consideration the temperature year-round where you live. Is it colder year round or warmer? If it’s an area that there’s frost during the year or freezing temperatures then you will need concrete anchors to make sure your fence stays in place.
In warmer climates, you might want something other than wood that’s able to withstand the damp climate. The last thing you want is to choose a material that will get damaged quickly.
7. Have You Spoken With Your Neighbors?
Giving your neighbours a heads up is great neighbour etiquette. They will appreciate knowing ahead of time that there will be some noise and a wall coming up in the near future. Most neighbours won’t care and might actually appreciate it because they didn’t have to pay for extra privacy.
If they don’t like your idea keep in mind that as long as you did your research for the neighbourhood you’re not breaking any laws and you can still move forward with your plan.
8. Do You Want Multiple Entrances?
You want to think about the entrance or entrances you will have in your fence for safety and for convenience. Think about the location of the fence you might have to make sure the entrance is large enough to get furniture in and out if you move or buy new furniture. Also large enough to fit garbage cans, the lawnmower, etc.
Take into account if multiple entrances will come in handy for your yard and where the fence will be installed.
9. Which Side Do You Want Facing Your Yard?
Some places require to give the good side of the fence to your neighbours or to the street. Luckily there are fences you can choose that both sides look the same if you don’t want the not such good looking side facing your property.
10. Did You Take The Future Into Consideration?
After you have chosen the colour, type, entrances, and all the other details of your new fence it’s time to think about the future. Have you thought about maintenance? The fence will need maintenance in the future and it’s important to think about how often you want to maintain it.
If you chose a material that might require more maintenance than you want then you might want to reconsider.
Feeling like A Fence Pro?
Now that you’ve asked the ten questions above before installing your yard fence are you feeling like a pro? The list above will help you decide and will guide you during the process. It doesn’t have to be an overwhelming project if you know what to expect.
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