Are you planning on having a fence installed around your property? If so, this is not something that you want to rush into. Before you install the fence, you will want to ask yourself the following three questions.
1. Why Are You Getting The Fence?
There is most likely a reason for your decision to get a fence. It may be due to getting a pet and now wanting to contain them to the yard when you let them outside. It could be from having kids and wanting a safe and secure place where they can play with minimal supervision. The reason for your fence will help determine what kind of material you should go with to stick within your budget.
If your reason is to contain a pet, then you can likely go with a cheaper material that offers minimal privacy, such as chain link fencing. If you want a secure area for kids to play, then you are likely looking at a privacy fence made out of wood or vinyl. If it's to set a border between you and a neighbor's home, then you can go with a decorative split rail fence or short picket fence.
2. What Restrictions Are There On The Fence?
You may not realize that there are restrictions on what kind of fence you can place around your yard. The most restrictive rules will likely be set by your homeowner's association if you have one. There can be requirements between what kind of material you can use, what color the fence can be, and how high it can be. The last thing you want to do is install a fence and later find out that you need to take it down because it didn't meet the HOA standards.
Your local city will also have guidelines for what kind of fence can be installed. Thankfully, you shouldn't have much trouble abiding by the rules. The most common limitation you'll see is for the height of the fence since the city does not want you to build a massive fence that can be an eyesore for neighbors.
3. Does Your Neighbor Want A Fence?
Don't forget to ask your neighbors for their opinion on a new fence. You may be surprised to learn that they want one too, but haven't had one installed yet. You could up end up splitting the cost of fencing material that is along both of your properties, and even get a discount for having the fence installed across two yards.
For more information and assistance, contact your local chain link contractors.