Adding a fence to your property can provide a number of benefits, such as increased privacy, security, and aesthetic appeal. However, there are some mistakes that property owners can make when considering adding a fence that can end up being very costly. Here are some of the most expensive mistakes to avoid:
- Not researching local regulations and permits. Before you start planning your fence installation, it’s important to research the local regulations and permits required for your area. If you live in a community with a homeowners’ association (HOA) you are likely to be subject to additional requirements. FloriFence is familiar with many of the requirements for communities in the Tampa Bay area and can offer their guidance and experience. But failing to do your due diligence in research can result in costly fines and even having to remove your fence entirely. Make sure you understand the setback requirements, height restrictions, and any other rules or regulations that apply to fences in your area.
- Ignoring property lines and easements. Installing a fence without properly identifying property lines and easements can lead to costly legal issues. Make sure to obtain a land survey and consult with your neighbors before installing a fence. It’s also important to check for any easements or utility lines that may impact your fence installation.
- Hiring an unqualified contractor. Hiring an unqualified or inexperienced contractor can result in shoddy workmanship and costly mistakes. Make sure to do your research and choose a reputable contractor with a track record of successful installations. Ask for references, check reviews online, and verify their licensing and insurance.
Avoiding these common mistakes can help you save money and ensure that your fence is durable and an improvement to your property. By doing your research, being aware of your property lines, and working with a qualified contractor, you will enjoy your fence for years to come.