Cost To Install Privacy Fence

August 26, 2015 |

As more and more subdivisions are being constructed you will notice that houses are being built closer and closer together. This lack of space leads to less and less privacy. A solution to this problem is installing a privacy fence. The following are a few tips on how to approach erecting your own privacy fence.

First you will need to check your neighborhood ordinances. They should be explained in the neighborhood’s by-laws. Your particular neighborhood may not recognize development regulations, so you will have any freedom of choice.

Depending on your local government ordinances, you may need to obtain a building permit. Some local governments require obtaining a permit if the fence is over a certain height. Refer to your county’s Department of Buildings and Codes Division for information and assistance on obtaining the necessary permit. If your fence does not meet local jurisdiction, you may be charged a fine.

You will also need to locate your exact property line. If your property deed is not handy, you can obtain the necessary information from your county’s Register of Deeds Office. You may need to erect a fence 6 to 12 inches inside the outer limit of your property line to be safe. You can be faced with fines and you may be forced to rebuild if your fence extends into a neighbor’s property line.

Now you can decide on the material of your fence. As stated earlier, you will have a variety to choose from if your neighborhood doesn’t recognize development regulation. If you do not choose to build the fence yourself, you can choose from vinyl, aluminum, or wood fences that are packaged in panels for your convenience.

Once you decide on the fence material, you will need to choose a style and color that complements your home. The colors are usually muted so as not to distract. Fence styles range from lower picket fences (starting 3 feet in height) to a complete privacy fence (6 feet in height).

Decide why you are building the fence. If you are trying to add ambiance you may need to consider a picket fence. If you need privacy, then you will need to buy a closed-in style. If you have a pool or hot tub, a privacy fence with a secured gate will probably suit your needs.

If you feel confident be sure to obtain the proper tools, including a posthole digger to insure depth. You will also need to decide if you need the fence set in concrete or in the soil. If you are not comfortable with erecting your own fence, seek the aide of a reputable contractor. But remember that most pre-made fences are easy to install and are in the correct specifications to suit any need.

Fences are easy to maintain, generally need little, if any, upkeep, have a great visual appeal, and will secure your privacy.

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