Most homeowners have thought about a new fence for their property because there are so many advantages to adding fencing. It provides a safer place for kids and pets to play, adds protection and beauty to landscaping, and gives your backyard more privacy.
 
Fencing also adds value to your home since it’s something home buyers want. It’s a great home upgrade that is much less expensive than other home renovations. If you’ve decided to build a fence on your property, it’s important to research and plan for a new fence carefully. Here are some steps to take.
 

1. Check Local Rules and Regulations

This first step comes before even deciding on the kind or type of fence you want. Check with your homeowners association first if you have one, and then contact your local building department for information on requirements and restrictions on fence installation.
 
Common regulations include location, height, materials, and style. You can do this step yourself, or if hiring a contractor to help plan for a new fence, they can do it for you. You may also need to file a building permit and your city building department may require specific details that you or your contractor will have to provide.
 

2. Determine Primary Function to Plan A New Fence

This will be an easier step but it’s also an important one. It helps you determine the material that’s best suited for the fence you want. For example, to keep kids and pets safe, a chain link fence is the most affordable option for this function. If you want backyard living and/or pool privacy, consider installing tall, wooden privacy panels.
 
Maybe you need a fence around your pool that has a sturdy latch for safety. To add to the beauty of your home and garden, choose a wooden or vinyl picket fence or ornamental metal fencing. If you have trouble deciding, take a ride through a few neighborhoods and see what works for others. Ask your friends and neighbors for advice.
 

3. Select Type and Materials

You’ve decided on your fence’s primary function. The next step is to choose the best material for the fence. You’ll have several options to choose from. Wooden rails might be good for a farm and garden look. Wood and steel chain link work well for security. Use vinyl or wood for privacy.
 
Now is also the time to consider the cost of your fencing. To help save money, plan for a new fence in the fall or late winter. Contractors aren’t as busy then so you might be able to get a better deal. Most of the landscaping will be dormant and less likely to be damaged. As a bonus, your fence will be ready to enjoy in the spring.
 

4. Measure and Sketch

A contractor will likely complete this step for you. If you’re building the fence yourself, you’ll need to sketch out the plan for a new fence. Take measurements and outline the fence on paper.
 
Don’t forget to consider the location of trees, the garage, underground utilities, and other structures. The sketch will help you visualize the fence and avoid problems. Make sure to verify your property lines by referring to your deed and your plat.
 

5. Notify Neighbors

One last step, then it’s time to get going with your plan for a new fence. Be sure to talk to bordering neighbors about your idea. It’s common courtesy and a good way to make sure your new fence won’t cross over onto someone else’s property. Any questions or disputes may call for services from a land surveyor.
 
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