Although it may not seem like it, installing fencing makes a huge impact on how a yard looks and its curb appeal. Running through a quick checklist before buying and installing fencing can help you avoid some huge pain in the neck problems.
Get a fence permit from your city. When doing so, check to see if your area places any restrictions on the type, style, or height of fences you can use. This saves you from buying hundreds of yards of fencing that you can’t use.
Find your exact property lines. The last thing you want to do is make your cranky next-door neighbor mad about overstepping your yard space by three inches. Make note of where a sidewalk or landscaping ends, and visit your local zoning department if you’re still unsure of where your property sits.
Locate your underground utilities. It’s probably safe to say you’d rather not dig straight into your sprinkler line. Calling 8-1-1 a few days before you dig out fenceposts can be a quick fix. They can notify local utility companies to come and mark out things like sprinkler and telephone lines, irrigation lines, and gas, oil, or steam pipes.
Measure the amount of fencing needed. It’s a simple step, but it’s important. Rather than just estimating, step outside with a measuring tape and a pad of paper. You’ll thank me later.
Do some research on what you like. If you want more privacy, a wood, composite, or vinyl fence might be better for you than a decorative metal fence. If you have pets or little kids, finding fencing they can’t squeeze through might be a good option. It’s also been found that fences that block visual stimuli from outside your yard might help your dog want to stay inside of it. Additionally, some fences withstand damage better than others. So if you know the dog will wreak havoc, find a sturdy fence (and/or use a Fence Daddy kit to patch it up).
How much effort will it take to install? Different kinds of fencing are installed differently, too. Paneled fences are faster to install, but many people prefer the look of individual boards and rails. Either one can be used to fit your landscape using racking or stepping--so it’s all up to what you prefer and how much time you’d like to put into the project.
After following these simple steps, you’ll be well on your way to a great-looking yard.