What To Consider Before Installing Your First Fence

If you’re considering installing your first fence, it’s hard to know where to begin. This is what to consider before installing your first fence. Make sure you get the right one for your home.

Fence Height

Height is one thing you should consider before installing your first fence. There are lots of factors that can influence the height of your fence. You must consider your local laws, regulations, bylaws, and HOA rules and how they impact the type you can have. Consider the height and what you want for your privacy, but don’t choose something that you’ll get in trouble for later.

Type of Fence

Fences can come in many different materials and aesthetics. Do you want classic wooden posts for a traditional look, or would you like something with more flair in a wrought iron material? Maybe the ease of vinyl sounds most appealing to you. Consider your fence’s material and what kind of upkeep it will mean for you. You should also consider your local climate and how it will impact the material you choose.

The Purpose of Your Fence

Consider your reason for installing a fence when deciding on material and height. Are you looking for a better overall look for your home? Do you want to increase your home value? Are you hoping to keep your dog in your yard? Maybe you want a little more privacy. If your fence doesn’t add enough privacy, you can always use other backyard privacy hacks to give yourself more shelter. Whatever the reasoning, consider how it will impact your choices in height and material.

Fence Maintenance

You must maintain fences depending on your chosen materials. Wood may need to be stained and refinished regularly to keep it looking great. The elements may damage wrought iron, and you’ll have to do some upkeep to keep it working. Materials like vinyl offer a lower maintenance option with a similar traditional look to natural wood. Consider the maintenance and how it will affect your plans before signing on.

Consider the Cost

Building a new fence for your yard can be a significant investment, but you’ll see it pay off in the added home value and curb appeal. Consider the cost and get multiple bids from different contractors before you commit.

Call Before You Dig

Most contractors will know to call utilities before digging for your fence to avoid hitting any gas or power lines. Calling before you dig is one of the most important things to consider before installing your first fence. Make sure your contractor is in the know and correctly marks gas and power lines that could be in the way, and you’ll be safe.

Bo Kauffmann
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