4 Steps To Take Before Having A Fence Installed

Investing in a fence for your property can be a great idea, whether you're seeking privacy or you want a safe enclosed area for your kids and pets to enjoy. But having a fence installed is not something that should be done on a whim-- there are important things that must be done before installation begins. If you're planning to build a fence to enclose your property, take the following steps:

Obtain a Property Plat Map

Before a single hole is dug, it is absolutely essential to have a property plat map that shows exactly where your property lines are. The last thing you want is to have a fence installed only to learn that it is encroaching on someone else's property, as you can be legally forced to remove the fence at your expense. In most cases, you can obtain a property plat map for a fee by contacting your county's property assessment department.

Let your Neighbors Know of Your Plans

While you're not legally required to do so, it is always a good idea to let your immediate neighbors know about your plans to have a fence installed. This can help prevent any negative feelings or resentment, and there won't be any complaints when installation begins. In some cases one of your neighbors may be interested in getting a fence themselves and may even offer to contribute to the cost of the fence section that is adjacent to their property.

File for Any Needed Permits

Many cities and counties require a person to have a permit before a large outdoor structure like a fence can be installed. A permit ensures that your plans have been approved and that the type of fence that you're having installed meets codes and regulations. Do not attempt to have a fence installed without a permit-- doing so may result in you having to take the fence down and you can have issues when you try to sell your home if the fence you installed is not up to code.

Contact Local Utility Companies

When neighborhoods are being built, a number of utilities lines, such as those for gas, phone, internet, and in some cases electricity, are buried underground. If you do not know exactly where these lines are located, there is a chance that fence installation can damage utility lines, which can be dangerous or cause a utility outage for your neighborhood. It is in your best interest to contact your local utility companies to find out exactly where utility lines are located on your property. 

Contact a business, such as Reeves Exterior Services, for more information.