Two Ways To Be A Good Neighbor When Building A Fence

When you've decided to build a fence on your property, it's important that you realize that you and your family aren't the only people who are going to be affected by your fence. If you have neighbors, their lives may also be impacted by your fence; after all, they have to see it every day and it may obstruct their views. That's why it's important to keep your neighbors in mind and be a good neighbor when working with a company like Everlasting Fence to build your fence. Here are two ways to do that.

Check Property Lines and Zoning

Before you do anything, make sure that your fence will be on your property. If your fence is not on your property, your neighbor will be within rights to have it removed. Therefore, double check your deed to determine where the boundaries of your property are, and mark those boundaries out yourself so that the fence doesn't cause a problem.

You also need to check your town's zoning ordinance to find out how high you can build your fence. You may want to build it high to have some privacy, but the zoning ordinance may only give you a few feet of height to work with. If you have a specific issue you are hoping to resolve with your fence, for example, avoiding the noise of a busy street, you may seek a variance.

Tell Neighbors About Your Plans

Instead of just surprising your neighbors with a fence on your property, take the time to visit each of the neighbors who may look at your fence every day. This typically includes neighbors immediately next door, and in back of your property. Talk to them about what your fence will look like, and tell them that you've already checked to make sure that the fence will be on your property. Ensure them that you will maintain the fence over time. This will prepare them for noise of putting up the fence, as well as the reality of the fence itself.

It's also a good idea to talk to them about the possibility of painting or refinishing the fence on their side. While you don't have to do this, allowing neighbors to customize the fence to their own liking may make them more agreeable to the presence of the fence.

Now that you have some ideas about how you can be a good neighbor and put up a fence, put the above tips into action today. Your neighbors will feel better about your fence, and you can feel better knowing that you are a considerate neighbor.