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Choosing The Right Fence

It might not seem like a difficult decision, but finding the right fence can be hard to do. In addition to choosing a picket style, a color, and a height, you might also be concerned about abiding by city and neighborhood ordinances. However, all of these decisions are easy if you choose the right fence contractor. A few years ago, I found a great contractor who helped us to create a beautiful, functional backyard in a few weeks. Read this blog for more information about fences, contractors, and design styles that you won't regret a few years down the road.


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Five Fencing Tips For Good Neighbors

by Chester Alvarez

Fences only make good neighbors if you take the time to choose the right fence and follow proper installation procedures. The following are a few tips to help you with this task.  

1. Schedule a Property Survey

Don't make the mistake of assuming that you know where the property line lies, especially if you are not the first person to have lived in your home. The functioning line of a property can shift slightly over the years, making it easy to mistakenly think your line is in a specific area. This may not be a problem until in the future when your neighbor sells their house and the next owners schedule a property survey. To avoid issues, verify the line before you build.

2. Provide a Buffer Zone

It's also a bad idea to build right on the property line. Instead, build the fence about 6 inches in from the property line. This way there is no question that the fence is completely on your property so any dispute won't have any traction in court. A vinyl fence can last decades, so you don't want to have to remove it and rebuild it simply because of a property line dispute.

3. Talk to Your Neighbor

If you are on good terms with your neighbor, talk with them before you have the fence built. Although you will have the final say on the design of the fence since it is on your property, you can avoid future disputes by telling the neighbor your plans. Further, be willing to compromise. For example, if the neighbor's yard is already fenced in on two sides with a 6-foot tall white fence, choosing a fence of the same height and color will be more aesthetically appealing for your neighbor's yard.

4. Choose an Attractive Option

One problem with wood fences is they have a good and a bad side. The good side is smooth and even, and the bad side has the rails, posts, and attachments visible. For neighbor relations, it is best to face the good side toward their yard. To avoid this conundrum, go with vinyl fencing. Both sides of a vinyl fence are identical, so there is no bad side.

5. Minimize Maintenance

Another reason to opt for vinyl fencing is that it requires no maintenance other than an occasional rinsing with the hose to remove dust. It can put a strain on neighbor relations if you are constantly entering their property to stain a fence, or worse, leaving the maintenance tasks up to the neighbor. With vinyl, this will never be a concern.

Contact a vinyl fence installation service for more help.