AVOIDING NEIGHBORHOOD DISPUTES FROM FENCE INSTALLATION
Most often than not, customers reach out to us at Duramax Vinyl Fences because they want privacy from their neighbors and passers-by. In the process, the supposed concern to be solved can be more problematic if not properly coordinated with the right channels. You need not worry because there’s always a way, and we hope to help you map-out the things you need to do at a neighborhood level.
We’ve put together some tips for a problem-free fence installation.
Check the Property Lines
It is important that property lines are properly checked before you proceed with the installation of your new fences. Your old fences might not be an accurate reference for this. We suggest that you hire a surveyor so you can plan the fence location. Installing the vinyl fence within the property line can also be an option, and it’s safer in the long run. You’ll never have to worry about a neighbor running after you, because you unintentionally stepped in on their property.
Obey Fencing Regulations
Not knowing what the local rules are isn’t an excuse for a wrong fence installation. Our team at Duramax Vinyl Fences can help you out on this but always remember to double check on your town or city’s local code and fencing regulations. You don’t want to end up being forced to tear it all down, redo it, and pay the fine to your local authorities. Additionally, non-conforming fences can also affect your neighbor’s property value too!
Share Fencing Intents Beforehand
One good idea that will help smooth over any potential fencing disputes is to let them know about your plans to install a new fence before you begin the installation. You don’t necessarily have to show them your plans – the fence is on your property, after all – but it can help if you think your neighbor might be interested in paying for part of it. However, you should show them where you intend to place the fence and let them know if there are any property line problems you discovered when you ordered the survey.
Respect Your Homeowners Association (HOA)
Apart from the local fencing regulations, you also need to check on your neighborhood if there are existing HOA rules that you need to consider. You’ll need to either provide the HOA with plans or run the design with them to ensure it fits within their statutes. It’s much easier to get the proper clearance first than to deal with all the headaches after due to non-compliance. In addition, there are a few other things you can do that, while not strictly required, are definitely nice gestures to your neighbors and to your community.
Ensure Your Fence Doesn’t Stand Out
We all want a stand-out design, of course! But if you install a fence that looks out-of-place that might be a problem. Ask us why? While the main goal is to provide security and a touch of aesthetics in your property or backyard, it might be serving the opposite outside your fences. It pays to strike a balance between the design you want and the style of the houses in your area to keep the neighborhood looking good. Using Vinyl fences is a great way to keep your property looking nice season after season since they don’t break down or rot over time. They also come in a variety of colors and styles to match the look of any neighborhood.
Install it the Right Way
Apart from choosing a fence design that matches the look of your neighborhood, you should also install your fence so that the fence rail (if your design includes one) is on the inside. One benefit of vinyl fencing is that the panels often look the same on both sides, making it easy to get a neat look on both the inside and outside of your fence. With vinyl fences, there’s no “bad side” to worry about – every side is perfectly nice!
Maintain your Fence
It is your duty to take care of your fences, and make it look good. After all, it forms part of your property, your home. When you install a fence, make sure to choose a material that is low on maintenance, something that doesn’t need heavy cleaning or staining time after time.
Apart from building a fence, you also want to make sure that you observe the right neighborhood etiquette before deciding to put-up one. After all, your property belongs to a bigger picture – the community where your house is situated. Doing the right thing doesn’t cause any harm, it can even help you avoid unwanted instances if done properly.
Schedule a consultation with our Duramax Fence Experts now! Call us at 844-965-0164 or visit www.duramaxfences.com. We would love to provide you with more information and help you decide the best fence for you.