You want a privacy fence but it is on your property line with a neighbor. It’s your property so you can do as you wish, right? Wrong. Laws differ from state to county to community so this is a topic that will need to be discussed before it is executed. This is a joint fence because it is unlikely that your neighbor will not also benefit from a privacy fence, so the trouble may lie in the agreement being made for initial cost, repairs, location, etc. Here are a few steps to follow to make the process easier.
Bring Up the Fence With Your Neighbor
It is better to bring it up and discuss this issue than it is to blindside your neighbor and create tension. Give them a call or mention in passing you are interested in mending or erecting a boundary fence and ask them if they’d be interested in discussing this with you. Arrange a meeting to go over your intentions.
Have a Plan Before Meeting
Do not make your idea seem like an ambush but rather make it a dinner or coffee conversation. They will likely be more comfortable at their home so in the arrangement make sure they choose a place they are likely to be relaxed. Assure them that other family members are welcome such as spouses and make it known that you will be accompanied by yours. At the meeting be sure to have a clear idea of your vision for this fence. Include the height, materials, and options for builders, but make sure your neighbors know they have a say in this decision. Come with ideas but do not settle on anything before this meeting.
Explain the Need for a Fence
Your neighbor may be feeling the same about this fence you’re suggesting. Make sure to voice opinions on your need or want for this structure. They may be interested in security or privacy as well. Outside of saying the fence is to keep the neighbors out, which would likely upset them, they might be in total agreement with the idea and haven’t had the opportunity to bring it up.
Explain Cost Estimates and Responsibilities
In a perfect world, your neighbor will be onboard and get the checkbook out to help sight on scene. Considering this is not a perfect world, they will probably not jump at the opportunity to empty their pockets. However, a good neighbor will understand this is a joint effort and support their half of the building and maintenance. Be prepared to show the details and final numbers that you’ve prepared. Take suggestions and remember they may need time to consider their options.
Be Neighborly- Do Not Push
Pay attention to your wording. Bringing up cost should be handled lightly and you should never direct or demand them on what their share is or will be. There is no need for an argument, but they will arise in some cases. Weigh options with them and allow them to be part of the decision-making process even if they are totally on board. Be patient and understand that you’re introducing a subject they may not have considered before.
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