Common fencing installation mistakes and how to avoid them

Installing a new fence can add value, privacy, and security to your property. However, a poorly executed installation can cause more troubles than you had when you started. Therefore, it’s important to have an expert by your side when you install. Below are some of the most common mistakes that happen during a fencing installation that you should work hard to avoid:

Not following your property line.

If you’re planning to install a new fence, it’s important to get the precise measurements of your property line before starting. If you build over the property line, even if your neighbors don’t notice, you could get into legal trouble when it comes time to sell the home or when someone new moves in next door. Be sure to always build exactly on or within the property line.

Building over utility lines.

In addition to the exact property line, you must locate any utility lines or pipes on your property before building. If you build over one or even worse, hit one during installation, you could be in serious danger. A professional fencing contractor will always locate these areas before installing your new fence.

Not stabilizing the ground.

Many homeowners believe they can “DIY” their fence installation by simply driving wooden posts into the ground. However, an experienced contractor knows that some properties and fence types will need additional preparation, such as a cement filling to keep them stable. This will depend on the type of fencing installed and its purpose. For example, concrete can help a customer who wants to prevent their dogs from digging under the fence. However, it is not necessary for other types. Knowing the prep work involved will give you a more stable fence long-term.

Not meeting local building codes and fencing height requirements.

Neighborhood, municipality, or county may have different codes to meet for fencing and forgetting to check these can land you in big trouble. For example, waterfront homes can have a fence no taller than four feet; other residential properties can have 6’ fences, and commercial properties 8’ fences. You need to know these codes inside and out for a successful (and legal) installation.

How Can You Avoid These Mistakes?

The easiest and simplest solution is to call FloriFence for your fencing installation. Our team of licensed and insured professional contractors will take care of the entire process, from the first consultation to final inspection. We offer a one-year service guarantee and all-American-made materials to ensure you have everything you need for your home improvement project.

To learn more about our fencing installation services, contact us.

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