Proper fence etiquette is something most people probably don’t think of when getting ready to install a new fence. After all, it’s your property, right? The thing is, even though you may be the homeowner, you’re not the only one involved. Robert Frost wasn’t kidding when he said, “Good fences make good neighbors.” Here are some things to keep in mind when you’re getting ready to install a new fence.
Give your neighbors a heads up.
Nobody likes surprises, especially when they come in the form of construction guys coming and going around their property. Your neighbors are no different. It’s a good idea to have a conversation with the folks next door before you begin your fence installation. You don’t need their permission, and you have no obligation to consult with them about the design, but it’s simple courtesy to let them know what’s going to be happening over the next couple of weeks.
Face the finished side outward.
Some municipalities actually require this as part of the building code. However, even if they don’t, the “good” side of your fence is for OTHER people to see. Some fence styles are identical front and back, and this doesn’t apply. But for things like board-on-board or wood privacy fencing, you want to keep the finished side visible from the exterior of the property.
Keep up with maintenance.
This is vital, not just to preserve your investment, but to maintain good relations with those who share the fence. It’s also important to keep in mind that you’re responsible for BOTH sides. Whether you’ve got PVC vinyl fence, wood, or chain link, make sure it’s kept clean and clear of debris. This can affect property values, and not just yours!
Keep fence etiquette in mind when disputes arise.
If you’re having a disagreement with your neighbor about your fence, your best bet is always to try to resolve any issues in person. Don’t fall into the trap of leaving each other nastygrams on windshields. Even if you’re not good friends, this is a legitimate concern for BOTH of you. And if they take it to the next level by doing any damage, make sure you document it with plenty of photos before contacting the authorities or going to small claims court.
Split the cost.
One of the best-case scenarios involving fence etiquette is when you and your neighbor agree to pay for the fence together. While we understand this isn’t always possible, it’s definitely something to consider when you’re on good terms with the folks next door. When you contact Fence Dynamics for your FREE fence estimate, let us know you’re planning on splitting the difference, and we’ll set up an appointment that works for everybody. Communication is key!