What should I know when installing a fence?

Maybe you want to install a fence on a Gainesville property to increase privacy or address security concerns. While it's your right as a property owner to do just that, you should take steps to address property disputes and head off arguments with neighbors before they begin. HouseLogic.com offers advice on how to remain neighborly when installing a fence around your home. 

Read up on HOA guidelines

Homeowners associations (HOA) usually have rules about fencing or hedges. You may be limited in terms of materials used or be restricted to a certain height. These rules are put in place to ensure neighborhoods have a uniform look. Flouting them might lead to fines, and possibly even legal disputes depending on the nature of the transgressions. It's in your best interest to follow these rules while installing your fence or contact your HOA for clarification. 

Determine your boundary lines

In the same token, you don't want to risk angering your neighbors by breaching property lines. If you're unsure of the exact boundaries, schedule a land survey and provide this information to your fence installer. You can also look at your home's plat, which is a drawing generated by a previous survey that identifies where your property ends and your neighbor's property begins. Once you have this information, discuss your plans with your neighbor. 

Know local zoning laws

Much like HOAs, local zoning laws can also impact fence parameters. Height restrictions are quite common, especially on corner lots. Officials want to ensure drivers can easily see the road, and tall fences may obstruct the view of oncoming traffic when making turns. Knowledge of local zoning laws is also integral for obtaining permits for your fence installation. 


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