Planning a new fence is no small task! And if your property abuts a neighbor’s, you could find yourself in a more complicated negotiation. Here at Freedom Fence and Home, we want to make dealing with your neighbors a painless part of your new fence installation. Here are a few steps to avoid neighbor disputes:
Check With Your Homeowner’s Association (HOA)
If you’re a part of an HOA or bound by similar neighborhood rules, be sure your planned new fence installation meets the regulations for fencing. This can go a long way in preventing future neighbor disputes, since they also agreed to those same rules. There may even be by-laws to help you handle a neighbor dispute.
Stay Inside the Lines
It’s important when you install new fencing that you make sure you know your property line. This is a leading cause for neighbor disputes over new fences. Hiring a surveyor may cost a few hundred dollars, but it will be cheaper than tearing down and replacing a new fence that crosses onto your neighbor’s property.
Talk To Your Neighbor
Your fence will have effects beyond your own property. A neighbor dispute over a new fence could cause years of stress. But a high-quality fence from Freedom Fence and Home could provide benefits for you and your friends next door. In some cases, neighbors may agree to split the cost of a new fence if it’s mutually beneficial.
MMC Fencing and Railing offers a few more helpful tips to avoid a neighborly feud:
1. Choose a classic design that matches your home and neighborhood. You and your neighbor will both be happy, and you’ll have a greater return on your investment.
2. The unfinished or less attractive side of the fence should face inwards, and the more attractive side should face outwards. Of course, for many fences this won’t be a problem because the two sides are identical.
3. Take care of both sides of your fence. If you’re concerned about the maintenance, go with an easy-to-clean material like vinyl or aluminum instead of wood, which requires a lot of clean-up, staining, and sealing.
Get In Touch With Freedom Fence Today
With 40 years of experience, Freedom Fence and Home has provided the highest quality fence and decking materials to its many residential and commercial clients throughout in Timonium, Maryland and Harford county as well many residential clients in Baltimore county and Baltimore city.
If you have questions about installing a new fence, or for a free estimate, visit our website or give us a call today at 443-271-6841.
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