Sierra Structures—Fencing Your Home: What You Need to Know

Posted May 13, 2022 to Before You Buy: Tips, Advice, Checklists.

Tags: Fences, commercial fencing, fencing

Are you considering installing a fence around your home or property? If you are, there are some important things you need to know. As your local fencing experts, Sierra Structures wants to provide you with all the important details you will need to be aware of before you add a fence to your home.

4 key things to consider when deciding on installing a fence in your Raleigh home are:

1. Property Lines: First and foremost is to know and mark your property line prior to the fence installation. While this might seem like common sense, many homeowners make what they think is an educated guess—only to find out later they were wrong. No one wants to tear down a newly installed fence because it was a couple of inches over the property line. Use all resources including plats, plans, or a surveyor.

2. Utilities: Contact all utilities before you dig. For starters, it’s the law. Secondly, you never want to accidentally cut into natural gas, water, electrical, or cable line when digging to install a post. The costs to you can be substantial.

3. HOA and Neighbors: It’s a good idea to notify your homeowner's association (HOA) and neighbors as well. When we install a privacy fence around your property, there will be some noise. Making sure your neighbors are aware ahead of time—especially if they work from home, as many do—will go a long way towards keeping the peace.

If you live in an HOA community, make sure you get prior approval from your board. Many HOAs have strict requirements regarding designs and materials.

4. Obstacles: Make sure there are no obstacles blocking construction. Walk along your intended fence line and look for any objects that could hinder installation—rocks, tree stumps, steep slopes, etc. All of these could lead to costly removals or force a change in the fence’s location.

For more items, you need to know and to get a free quote on a fence installation around your home, contact us at Sierra Structures. Fencing is our business.

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