Carnahan-White Takes a Look at Fence Etiquette

At Carnahan-White, we’ve been building fences for over 60 years. Whether you’re in the market for a wood fence, vinyl fence, ornamental fence or anything in between, Carnahan-White can meet your needs. However, when installing a fence in a neighborhood, there are things to be aware of. Today, the experts at Carnahan-White take a closer look at fence etiquette.

Know and Observe Boundaries

One way to avoid having to tear down your fence is to know the proper boundaries. Study your house line drawing or consider ordering a survey from a land surveyor to be sure of boundaries. Fence companies will often install a foot inside the line to be on the safe side.

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Understand Limits

When putting up a fence know that there are local zoning regulations for height, setbacks, and other restrictions. Height limits are typically 6 feet for side and backyards and 4 feet for front yards. More restrictive rules are sometimes in place for corner lots where curves might limit driving visibility. To avoid disputes, review restrictions with your fence company before choosing a fence.

Know Your HOA Rules

Fencing companies are not responsible for knowing homeowners association rules in your subdivision. Be sure to review all rules, and reach out to an association representative if you have questions. HOAs can dictate style, height, and maintenance. If your HOA requires all structures to match, you will have little to no wiggle room.

Share Your Plans With Your Neighbors

Most people don’t like surprises, and your neighbors probably don’t either. Having a conversation with your neighbor before you install could save you a fence dispute once the fence is up. If property line issues exist, be sure to resolve them before installation.

Keep Up With Maintenance

Remember, it’s your responsibility to maintain and clean your fence. If an aging section starts to lean, shore it up or replace it. Also, keep your best face forward. It’s common practice to put the more finished side of your fence facing the street and your neighbor’s yard.

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Contact Carnahan-White Fence Company

If you have questions about putting up a fence around your home, start with Carnahan-White. At Carnahan-White our friendly experts can answer your questions about fence designs and what fence may most appropriately meet your needs. We’ve been in the fence business for over 60 years and we’re happy to be your expert. Contact us today to request a quote.