Should My Fence Be Located On My Property Line?

Posted March 21, 2019 to Before You Buy: Tips, Advice, Checklists.

Tags: Fences

Homeowners love the idea of placing their new fence directly on their property line.  It is understandable that everyone desires to utilize as much of their outdoor space as possible.  It is tempting to stretch the property limits in order to get the most from our backyard; however, this may pose a problem for both homeowner and neighbor.  Deciding where to place your fence is of utmost importance.  Taking a few extra steps before placing the fence can save homeowners from headache in the future.

3 steps to take to insure proper placement of your new fence:

  1. Get A Survey: Obtaining a survey is important when deciding to build a fence.  Those who are purchasing a new home should also be careful to ensure that the neighbor’s fence is inside their property line and not encroaching prior to purchasing a home.  Before hiring a surveyor, check with your local register of deeds office to see if a survey is already on file.  If no survey has been completed in the past, hiring a surveyor may be expensive but it will save tons of headache in the future.  Disputes over fence placement are a common occurrence between neighbors.  Taking the time to do your due diligence in the beginning will prevent these disputes from occurring.  
  2. Check The Regulations For Your Particular City & County:  Different cities and counties have rules concerning fence placement.  Depending on the area in which you live, this can be anywhere from 2 to 8 inches from the property line to right up to the line.  These rules may also vary depending on if you live in the county or inside city limits.  Homeowners Associations may also have rules that have to be followed when placing a fence.  Be careful to review all rules.  
  3. Consult With A Professional:  After you have taken all precautions to review the rules and regulations of your county, your city and your HOA, consulting with a reputable fence company would be the next step.  An experienced fence company will be very knowledgeable about rules in your area. 

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