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Fence Etiquette to Avoid Nasty Neighbors

fence etiquetteNo one wants to get into a dispute with a nasty neighbor. That’s part of why we put up fences in our yards to begin with! Still, there are a few practices you should keep in mind so that you can avoid an unnecessary confrontation this summer. Here are some tips on how you can follow proper fence etiquette and avoid the next showdown with your neighbor.

Be on the Safe Side

Going even an inch over your property line can risk a costly tear down of your fence. Know your property’s boundaries by studying your house line drawing or by ordering a land survey. Fence companies typically install about a foot within the line just to be on the safe side of the matter.

Know Your Limits

It’s important to understand zoning regulations before you put up a new fence. There are often restrictions on height, setbacks, corner lots, blind curves and more that you will want to be aware of. Talk to you fencing company so that you can review restrictions early on in the fence building process.

Comply with the Homeowner’s Association

Your fencing company isn’t responsible for a conflict with your fence and your Homeowner’s Association. HOA’s can dictate a lot of things about the style and design of your fence, so avoid committee disputes by knowing regulations ahead of time. Sometimes you simply won’t have much of a choice.

Communicate

Most of the time people don’t like surprises. Have a conversation with your neighbor before putting up a new fence. You don’t have to give your neighbor all the details, but good communication can avoid disputes early on.

Be courteous. It’s common practice for homeowners to put the best finished side of their fence facing toward the street and neighbors. Maintain both sides of your fence as it ages. If you believe your neighbor is causing damage to your fence, take photos and try to work it out with them first. Otherwise you can take your dispute to a small claims court.

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