Having a professional come out and install a fence is a great way to designate boundaries, protect your property, and create a sense of privacy and peace of mind. No matter whether you’re looking to have a fashionable iron fence, charming picket fence, or a protective electric perimeter security fence, there are a few things you need to do to prepare your property for a successful fence installation project.
Establish the Fence Line
Before the installation project begins, you need to make sure your property lines are clearly defined. If you leave it up to guesswork, you run the risk of wasting time and money when your HOA or local county makes you tear down the fence, start over, and re-install it within your property lines.
If you’re not sure where your property lines are or the markers or no longer visible, there are ways to get the information you need. Your mortgage paperwork should contain your plat map. If not, you can find what you need in your county’s online resources.
Check Utility Markings
You don’t want to run the risk of the professional fence company digging a fence post near lines or pipes. This could result in a cable line getting cut, or a water pipe opening and flooding the street. If there are utility lines in the way, you’ll need to either adjust the path of your fence line or arrange to have the utilities moved.
Clear a Path
You’ll save time and frustration for yourself and the installation team by walking the fence line and removing all obstacles like tree stumps, sprinklers, vegetation, and large rocks. Considering pulling back or moving any sprinklers that are running along or near the proposed fence line to avoid the risk of breakage.
Typically, it’s up to the homeowner to clear the line of obstacles, but some fence companies will do it for you. When you ensure the fence line is clear before the start of the project, it helps keep your installation project on schedule.
Talk to the Neighbors
Installing a fence alters the look and function of the property, so it’s helpful to talk to your neighbors before you get started so they know what to expect. In addition to preparing them for the noises and activity of installation, you’ll also be giving them the opportunity to move underground elements such as wiring and sprinkler systems. If you live in an HOA community, make sure your fence plans are in line with the allowed style, material, and fence colors for your neighborhood or development.
Work with a Premier Fence Company
America Fence has been in business since 1968, offering fencing options that fit commercial and residential needs. We take pride in offering honest, high-quality, and affordable fence installation services. Contact us online or call 770-931-4077 to schedule your free residential fence estimate and consultation today.