When you want to build a fence, it can be a trickier process than you imagine. Although you might not think that fence etiquette is a valid concept, it’s just as crucial as being polite and friendly to your neighbors when it comes to anything else. After all, you don’t want to get into a property dispute that can turn ugly, taking up months and hundreds of dollars to settle. Here’s a guide to building a fence without violating these guidelines.
Do Neighbors Have to Approve?
Normally, no. Even if your neighbors are on the HOA for your neighborhood, also if the HOA as a whole approves your fence, then your neighbor doesn’t have to accept it. However, it could become a sticky wicket, so try to smooth over any potential problems or friction this decision might cause. That said, you should talk to your neighbors before planning to build the fence in observance of fence etiquette.
How Do I Find the Property Line?
Finding the property line can be challenging if you don’t know what to look for or what you’re doing. This step is something you can cooperate with your neighbor, especially if you are planning on splitting the costs of materials or labor for the fence. It’s only proper fence etiquette, after all. Plus, you can hire a surveyor who is licensed to determine where the boundaries are, and issue you with a plat, which is a diagram of the line locations.
One More Thing
If you have a dog, even a well-behaved one, don’t leave it outside for too long. After a while, your dog will continue barking to be let in or to get any attention at all, which can grate on your neighbor’s nerves. Your dog could also be more anxious or suffer from separation anxiety if they are too far from you and they can’t see you. Besides barking, they might resort to digging or jumping or otherwise try to escape the yard. In the process, they might cross into your neighbor’s property. Your neighbor probably won’t take kindly to this if it happens more than once.
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