There are multiple things to consider when you are making plans to install a new fence around your property. One of those considerations is how your new fence will impact your neighbors. Making sure you extend courtesy to your neighbors is very important if you want to establish and maintain a respectful, healthy relationship with those in your community.
Using proper etiquette is essential for making sure that the new fence is a positive experience for you and your neighbors. Here are five tips that will help!
Know The Rules!
First, be aware of your local zoning ordinances. County and city rules will influence the construction of your new fence. There may be height restrictions, especially if you live in an area where traffic is busy. While your New Hampshire fence company may be familiar with local regulations, it is your responsibility, not theirs to ensure that your new fence complies with every municipal ordinance. If your neighborhood has a homeowner’s association (HOA), you will need to pay close attention to what is and what is not permitted. Make sure you know all regulations before you begin your new project. Certain things like fence height, materials, and even color choices can be specified in the rules.
Respect Your Neighbor’s Property Lines
While in the planning stages of your new fence project, it is very important to make sure that your new Derry, New Hampshire residential fence is built inside your property lines. It’s always a good idea to obtain an up-to-date survey if you aren’t certain of where your property ends. This not only shows your neighbor that you respect their property boundaries, but it also prevents any questions or disputes down the road if either your or your neighbor’s property sells. Although hiring a qualified land surveyor to stake out your property boundary is an option, it’s not required. Most county offices now offer online maps that you may use to locate an accurate drawing of your property boundaries.
Communicate With Your Neighbor
Make sure you are communicating with your neighbors about your fence project from beginning to end. As a member of a community, considering the impact of the changes you make to your property on the surrounding homeowners is important. You are not required by law to notify them, nor do you have to tell them every little detail. However, it is a simple courtesy to discuss your general plans with those who will be affected. You will find that your neighbors will appreciate being considered and may even wish to help with the fence if it runs down their property line as well.
Consider How Your Fence Will Look
The placement of your fence is another core component you will need to think about. One side of the fence may appear more attractive than the other, depending on the type you decide to build. Facing the finished side of the fence, also known as the “good” side, toward the street and your neighbor’s yard is usually common practice. Installing an attractive fence that improves the looks of both your and your neighbor’s property is crucial.
Fences like aluminum and vinyl are perfect for this. Not only do they add curb appeal to your property, they are also very easy to maintain. Another option is chain link fencing. Chain link is not quite as attractive as aluminum or vinyl. However, it is a more budget-friendly option and can be dressed up with PVC coating and privacy slats. Check out the New Hampshire residential fence options we offer at Ultimate Fence, you won’t be disappointed!
Maintenance is Your Responsibility
The last tip we have is in regard to fence maintenance. All fences require regular upkeep, just like any other part of your home. Aluminum, vinyl, and chain link fences are all relatively low maintenance, with just a need for the occasional debris removal and a wipe down with soapy water or a rinse with the hose. Keep in mind that you are responsible for maintaining both sides of the fence you install! If your fence begins to show wear and tear, starts to lean or is damaged in any way, it’s up to you to have it repaired or replaced. Working with a New Hampshire fence company like Ultimate Fence will give you access to specific maintenance tips that are unique to your situation.
Types of New Hampshire Residential Fences
When deciding which fence types will meet the needs of your home and family, as well as keep you in good standing with your neighbors, Ultimate Fence offers options of aluminum fence, vinyl fence, and chain link fence. Check out the photo gallery on our website to see some of our finished projects and get some inspiration for your new fence project.
Ready to Get Started With a Reputable New Hampshire Fence Company?
Whichever fencing option you choose, you can count on Ultimate Fence to help you design and install it with professionalism and expertise. We’re here to help answer any questions about all the ways you can be a good fence neighbor! Please give us a call at (603) 818-3619 or contact us online for fast, friendly service!