Choosing to add a fence to your property is a great investment in the safety, security, and privacy of your home. One of the first things you need to do to add a fence to your yard is to measure how long a fence you need. When you work with a fence contractor, they will handle the work of measuring for a fence, and they have specialized tools to make it easier. If you choose to DIY the process, follow these tips.
The first thing that you have to do before planning where your fence will be is to verify the legal property lines. Skipping this step could lead to huge issues with your neighbors and even set you up to have to redo the fence if there is an issue. Even if you accidentally put your fence over the property line, it’s still a problem and your neighbors could demand that you move it. That is a lot of work to have to redo. If you don’t have a plat of your property, you can get one from your county or city government.
Utilities and Other Issues
Once you know where your property line is, you know about how long the full fence needs to be – assuming you are placing the fence on your property line. There is something else that you need to locate and mark, however, before you can know for sure. You must have someone come out and mark utilities before you dig for anything. You also need to make note of any trees that could be an issue and any parts to the property that slope, since slopes can change the materials and installation process for some fencing.
Determining How Much Fence Material You Need
Once you know where the fence will run, you can either measure the path with a measuring tape or measure the path on your plot. You should physically stake out where any corners and end posts will be. If you’re using prefabricated panels, take the full measured length of your fence path, and divide it by the number of feet that each panel is. Most prefab panels are either 6 or 8 feet wide. Once you’ve staked all the positions of the corner and end posts, stake the line posts at whatever distance your panels are wide.
Hercules Fence of Virginia Beach
Call Hercules Fence of Norfolk and Virginia Beach for your fencing needs. We have decades of experience in the fencing industry and can offer you the best in ornamental steel, chain link, wooden fences, and more. Our dedicated teams of fencing professionals are highly trained, skilled, and experienced in providing quality fence installations of any type. We’ll work with you to find a fence that best suits your needs and budget.
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