Residential Fencing Mistakes You Should Avoid

Installing or repairing residential fencing is often a large project many homeowners undertake when they try to customize their home. Homeowners may encounter some problems when installing a residential fence. Those who do not want to attempt the feat on their own can hire fencing contractors to install fencing. Others who choose to do it on their own will need to make sure they avoid common mistakes.

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Here are some residential fencing mistakes you should avoid:

1. Not Knowing Your Property Lines

Many homeowners do not know where their property lines are. When a property line is drawn up, stakes are normally placed to mark exactly where the boundaries are. Over the years, the stakes can move and property lines may become vague or distorted. Before installing any type of fence, it is extremely important to have the land surveyed to determine exactly where the property lines are.

This will ensure the fence is placed where it should be. If a fence is installed without knowing where the property lines are, it may have to be removed and placed on the proper boundary. This will result in extra expenses, and in some cases, a lengthy court battle if the neighbor chooses to pursue legal action.

2. Not Understanding Community Zoning Laws

Homeowner Associations and Zoning Laws determine what type of fencing is allowed in different areas. Some associations or zoning laws have height restrictions. Others may designate a specific type of material that must be used to ensure the fence is in compliance with the organization's requirements.

Before installing any residential fencing, check with your local government or HOA to find out what types of fencing are allowed in your area. This will prevent you from wasting both time and money on building a fence that will later need to be brought into compliance with local regulations.

3. Poor Planning

One of the biggest problems homeowners face is poor planning. An issue can arise, for example, when one doesn’t plan for the amount of materials needed to complete the project. It can also mean choosing the wrong materials or not accounting for the varying degrees of slope within the contours of the lawn.

Poor planning often means cutting corners when choosing quality materials or not budgeting enough money to complete the project on time.

4. Digging Blindly

Never begin to dig a hole for a fence post before checking to find out where the utility lines are buried. Natural gas lines, fiber-optic lines, telephone lines, and other types of utility lines run underground.

Each utility company is required to bury their conduit and line so many inches below the ground's surface. Each utility line is different, with some lines being buried deeper than others. Call your utility company before you dig to reduce the risk of accidentally hitting any utility lines.

5. Not Knowing the Exact Measurements

To prevent costly mistakes when deciding the amount of materials needed for residential fencing, always make sure that your measurements are accurate. Before purchasing any materials, exact measurements should be taken so the right amount of each material can be purchased.

Poor measurements can lead to discrepancies in the amount of materials purchased. Too many materials can leave you with excess that you have no use for. However, not having enough materials can cause you to exceed your budget.

6. Not Setting the Posts Properly

For the fence to be secure, the posts must be accurately set. If they are not, the fence will eventually lean or start to bow. One of the biggest mistakes in installing residential fencing is not digging the posts deep enough. Corner post holes must be deep enough so that the posts themselves do not lean in any direction once the cement has been poured and the posts are stabilized.

Properly set posts are a must if the fence is expected to remain sturdy and upright over the next several years.

Avoiding these residential fencing mistakes will ensure a secure and long-lasting fence for your home.

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Ron Frazelle

Ron Frazelle is the Project Manager of La Habra Fence Company, a leading chain link fence company in Southern California for over 65 years. Ron is committed to providing the best customer service, high quality products and quick project completion at the best overall value for his clients. La Habra Fence offers a wide variety of fencing options, including chain link fences, ornamental iron fences, security cages and security gates.