Fences offer an excellent way to seclude and protect a yard. But fence installation isn’t just about the homeowner installing the structure. Your fencing choices also affect your neighbors. Do you plan to build a fence on your property? If so, you should have some level of consideration for your neighbors. What does this consideration look like? Here are some of the factors to keep in mind before you embark on your installation.
1. Property Lines Matter
A healthy neighbor relationship starts with boundaries, both figuratively and literally. Proper fencing protocol should begin with an assessment of your property line. A fence that intrudes onto your neighbor’s lawn is a violation of local law and can set the stage for a tense relationship. Upon the discovery, your neighbor might politely ask you to remove the structure. But, the matter could also escalate quickly. Your neighbor could file a dispute with the homeowners association. They might even hire a real estate attorney to take legal action. Review your land survey record before the installation to avoid a potentially costly and stressful outcome. If you don’t have a copy of the land survey, contact the assessor’s office. Since you’re in research mode, double-check your homeowners association fencing guidelines, as well. These organizations may have guidelines that mandate the material, height, and even color of fence you can have on your property.
2. A Conversation Is Always Helpful
Communication is essential to any neighbor relationship. You’re not required to share your design plans in detail. Yet, a friendly heads-up about your fence plans is always fitting, especially since the installation team may need to access your neighbor’s lawn at some point during the installation. You would want to know ahead of time if a stranger was going to be on your property, so it only fits that you extend the same courtesy to others. A conversation will also help you avoid a future dispute. For example, land surveyors can make mistakes. During the chat, you might discover that your neighbor’s record of the property line is different than the version you have. Without this conversation, you would not have found out about the error until years later. But, if it’s discovered that your record was the incorrect one, you would still have to tear down the fence, no matter how long it’s been up.
3. Be Prepared for Maintenance
The value of a property isn’t based solely on its structure. The condition of nearby properties is also a factor. If your fence is not maintained, you could contribute to a reduction in your neighbor’s property value. Your neighbors won’t view any hardship you cause them favorably. Choose a fence material that is in line with your maintenance goals for the best result. For example, if you don’t have a lot of time to deal with maintenance, a wood fence might not be the ideal option. Moss growth and rotting are common issues that plague wood fences due to the year-round perception in the region. Both of these elements can make a fence look awful. If you don’t want to spend a lot of time on maintenance, a vinyl fence is a better alternative. Vinyl fencing can withstand frequent snow and rain exposure without wear and little need for hands-on care. Sure, the fence is on your property. But when you’re thoughtful of your neighbors, your neighbors are more likely to be considerate of you. At City Wide Fence Company, Inc., we want to help you install a fence that suits your needs, but that is also neighbor friendly. Contact us, for all your fencing needs. We’re here to help.