Like most structures and features on a property, their look and function is up to the discretion of the homeowner. This tends to be the case until you get to the topic of fencing. Fencing is one of those unique structures that is technically owned by one person (unless split exactly), but the looks are seen by multiple parties.
Fencing disputes are a common problem between neighbors. Be sure to take the necessary steps to prevent any issues when building a fence. If you’re lucky, fencing can be up to the discretion of both neighbors and receive equal contribution from all parties involved.
When building a fence between properties, it’s important to get everyone’s opinions on looks and functional needs prior to starting the project. Rather than stressing over any potential disputes, proceed with caution and guarantee that the fence will improve the lives of everyone involved.
Define The Property Boundaries
The first step in most fencing projects is to define the property line or boundary that you wish to fence off. This can get a little confusing in the case of suburban neighbors or folks living in close proximity. Plants and other structures can become overgrown and make it difficult to define.
With the help of your neighbor, clearly mark where you plan to place the fence and be sure that it agrees with both parties. If there is a tree or other form of blockage, make a plan to either remove it or build around it. Again, ensuring that this line works well with both property owners is the main objective to prevent any issues later on. When in doubt, write-up an agreement in case any potential problems come up.
Establish A Plan And Budget
As with any project, coming up with a plan and projected budget is always a good idea. This can get tricky when considering finances of multiple families. Make a plan to sit down with one another and go over what you are willing to spend. From there, deciding on materials and labor that fit the budget will come next.
In terms of materials, there are so many options in the fencing industry. Whether you are both looking for a low maintenance option built to last, exotic hardwoods or composite materials may be best. For a cheaper option that’s still going to perform well for years, consider cedar or hog wire materials.
This brings us to our next point: consider the amount of privacy both parties require. If you are friendly neighbors and don’t mind sharing the views, hog wire fencing or fencing that has more open areas is a great option. If you prefer to keep your yard separate and more secluded, a tall privacy fence will do just fine.
Next, you will want to take any labor costs into consideration. If this is a project that you and your neighbor plan to DIY, then much of the total cost will be reduced. In most cases, however, hiring help is a good idea to ensure the longevity and durability of your fence. Look around at local contractor rates and fit it into your projected budget.
Know The Law
When building any large structure on your property, it’s always important to check with local laws or HOA guidelines. Be sure that your projected build fits the criteria for your area. This is also important when sharing a structure between two properties to make certain that this plan is approved.
Maintain Your Share
Finally, once the fence has been completed and installed, make sure to maintain your share. There’s nothing worse than a shared fence that looks great on one side and destroyed on the other. Coordinate any staining sessions you plan to have and wash its surface as needed.
Since this structure is now adding to your own property value, it’s a good idea to gently remind your neighbor if they are not putting in the same level of upkeep. If a board needs to be replaced, that will ultimately be up to both homeowners to pay and coordinate it. Do your part to maintain the fence and avoid any disputes later on!
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