Who Pays for a Fence Between Neighbors?
Posted March 15, 2021 to Before You Buy: Tips, Advice, Checklists.
Time to repair your fence! Unfortunately, this demands an answer for a great question that we have been asking since the dawn of time. Who pays up? Sierra Structures knows that dividing residential fences are one of the most common causes of disputes between neighbors. So, when it comes to “the talk” over who’s taking the bill for the new fence, how can you ensure you find the perfect middle ground for both parties?
While laws differ from state to state and even from county to county, the common understanding is that the landowners on both sides of a boundary fence are responsible for any costs involved. In situations like this where both parties are expected to pay some of the costs, it is important to have a plan in place so that the process runs smoothly.
Here are our simple steps on starting up the conversation:
- Make the initial contact: Start the conversation easily! It is going to be an awkward subject until at least one party initiates that first conversation.
- Have a meeting: Come prepared and work toward a middle ground. Draw up your plans and be prepared to compromise.
- Explain where costs will arise: A solid plan will help avoid any gray areas and problems in the future. It is crucial that both parties are aware of all the costs before moving forward.
- Explain your need for a fence: Do not threaten or force the issue. While you might see it has a must-have, others might not. Remember that ultimately it is a shared ground.
We are excited that you are ready to take on this project. Give us a call when you are ready to build that fence, and we can give you a full quote as well as plenty of options on style and materials. Our experts will be happy to look at your plans and offer a friendly and affordable opinion. Contact us today to get started.