Homeowner Tip – So You Want To Build A Fence?

Homeowner Tip

If you’re looking to increase home security, have an area for your pets or children to play, or even keep unwanted critters from your home, a fence can help get the job done! But be careful not to get too ahead of yourself…there are a few things to keep in mind prior to digging that first post hole!

If you’re looking to increase home security, have an area for your pets or children to play, or even keep unwanted critters from your home, a fence can help get the job done! But be careful not to get too ahead of yourself…there are a few things to keep in mind prior to digging that first post hole!

First step is to check with your Homeowners Association (HOA). You know, that group in your neighborhood that makes rules and regulations about what color your front door can be, what your mailbox must look like, and how long it is acceptable to leave up your holiday decorations. If you pay any dues to an HOA, then it’s likely that there are a “Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions” (CC&R) agreement that you could be legally obligated to adhere to. This document is where you’ll find guidelines about whether your property can have a fence, along with what type of fencing is allowed. You should have received a CC&R at the closing table when you purchased your home, but you can always call your HOA to get another copy.

Your city’s Planning and Zoning department may also have rules about specific requirements when it comes to the construction of your fence. You can usually find these regulations by visiting your city’s website. Keep in mind that you may need a permit to build a fence as well. Call your city’s Planning and Zoning department to find out more information.

The last thing to keep in mind before you begin putting up those posts, is whether or not your ideal fence is being placed on your actual property lines. To avoid getting into an awkward disagreement with your neighbor about what is and isn’t your property, invite a surveyor over to help you determine where your property lines are. Better to have the survey before you put in the fence, rather than after you’ve been sued for accidentally setting it up on your neighbor’s property!

If anything, it’s important to take pause and do some research before doing anything major on your property. Better to do the research now, then to have an even bigger problem on your hands after the work is completed all because you failed to check your local regulations.

And finally, when you’ve got the green light and are cleared to build your dream fence, you may want to think about how much you want to be involved based on your skills, time, confidence, and budget. If your skills are above average, consider a DIY installation. We’ve found a great article from Home Depot that shows you how to secure the fence posts, attach the panels (pickets), and complete the fence with post caps. CLICK HERE for a step by step guide to building your own fence!

 

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