Fencing is the icing on top of any housing property. An elegant, well-constructed fence will not only keep your precious people and things safe, but it will also define your property lines in an eye-catching way. If you’ve just moved into a new house and aren’t excited about what fencing the owners left behind, you’re probably already thinking about replacing it. That said, it’s not like you can just go to Home Depot and pick up a new fence. There are many factors to consider when you’re planning on replacing one, so read the following carefully before diving into your new project.
What Are You Fencing In?
If you’ve moved into a new house and plan on replacing the fence, the utility should be of equal concern as appearance. You might not want to look at a chain link fence, but if you have pets or small children, it will keep them from leaving your property, getting lost or even getting into a dangerous situation. It’ll also help keep the toys your children (or pets) play with safe within the bounds of your yard. We’re not necessarily saying you need to get a chain link fence (there are other, far more attractive options that will serve the same purpose), but do consider what your needs will be before you get your heart set on something impractical.
Check Your Zoning Laws
You’ve probably heard stories of countless homeowners that get all excited about seemingly simple home improvements only to find out after work has begun, that they will not pass inspection. While it may seem unbelievable that you could need a permit to replace something as simple as a fence, it does happen. Before you get to work, make sure all your documentation is in order. Now’s also a good time to check and see if the existing fence falls on your property line. If it’s short, now’s the time to rectify it. Just make sure you notify your neighbors first.
Another very important factor to consider when replacing a fence is what might be underneath the old one. Even if you’re planning on installing a similar fence in exactly the same position as the old one, you aren’t necessarily in the clear when it comes to hitting pipes, gas lines or water mains. If you wind up having to dig deeper holes than the originals, you could easily do damage to underground utilities. That will almost certainly result in your simple fence replacement becoming far more complicated and costly.
Do You Need New Material?
There are many different types of fencing materials. Wood is obviously very common, as are aluminum and vinyl. If you’re replacing a wooden fence due to rot or another environmental factor, find out what kind of wood it was and go with something that might have more longevity. Also, if you’re using wood, a sealant will be absolutely necessary to ensure a long life. Going through a company like FenceKeeper, adding a fence will be a lot more streamlined. If you’re not married to an organic look and are more interested in longevity and low-maintenance, go for a material that has more endurance, this would be the time to invest in aluminum or vinyl.