IS THERE SUCH A THING AS FENCE ETIQUETTE?
So what’s the truth about fence etiquette?
Anything you do to your property can affect your neighbor’s property values and their relationships with you. It’s surprising how far a little fence etiquette will go to staying on good terms with neighbors. I know it’s YOUR fence, and you are paying for it and you feel it’s none of THEIR business, but we are talking about manners here – not mandatory, but extending a little courtesy is usually well received. For example, it’s good manners to have the finished side of the fence facing your neighbors. Once installed on your property it’s your responsibility to keep your fence looking nice and in good repair. That one just makes sense in keeping good relationships with your neighbors. After all, once your fence is in place it becomes a feature of the entire neighborhood.
Having fence manners doesn’t mean you are trying to get your neighbors approval of your project. You don’t have to go into heavy details about your fence project – just that you are having some fencing put up and the approximate scope of the project. You may learn they have some concerns, for instance, about plants, trees, or shrubs they’ve cultivated along their bordering property line. Or maybe they’re afraid a fence will obstruct a good view of a nice feature. Wouldn’t you like the chance to calm their concerns ahead of time rather than when you are in the middle of your project?
Maybe the fact that a fence is a “barrier” makes it hard to discuss this type of project with neighbors in the first place. But what we are talking about here is just common courtesy. Too bad that in many cases courtesy is not so common. Are you afraid that any discussion with neighbors will turn into a legal battle? Do your homework regarding legal issues and rights. In the meantime, don’t let your fence project become a barrier to being neighborly.
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So is there such as thing as fence etiquette? You bet!
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How Can I Tell if the Fence I Want to Take Down and Replace is on My Property or My Neighbor’s?
Many a fight has been fought over boundary issues. If you really want to be assured of where your boundary lines are then get a professional survey.
We are a fence company, not professional surveyors, even though we do sometimes try to help locate boundary markers for you. But even the markers are not always correct and we cannot be held responsible for putting a fence in the wrong place.
There is no physical feature on your property that is an “absolute” indicator of what is your property which is why we leave it up to you to make sure your fencing is on your property. Don’t rely on old fencing as the legal indicator for your new fencing. For whatever reason that prior fence may not have been built on your legal property line. Even if you are only one inch over your property line you may risk having to tear down a newly constructed fence. Study your house line drawing or order a new survey from a professional to be sure of boundaries.
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