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Fence Distance From Property Line: How Close Is Too Close?

Monday, August 17, 2020

“Good fences make good neighbors.” This Robert Frost quote still rings true today. After all, having some privacy is a great way to avoid some common disputes with neighbors. However, if you don’t do your research and learn the rules before putting in your fence, you could end up with even bigger problems.

There are many important decisions to make when installing a fence, but one of the most important is determining the proper fence distance from the property line.

Fence Distance from the Property Line: Why It Matters

You might think that simply getting your fence “close enough” to your property line should be fine. However, this is absolutely not the case.

First, if you accidentally put a fence on your neighbor’s land – it becomes their property! If you’ve just paid a lot of money for a beautiful wooden fence, this is some really bad news! 

Were you lucky enough to get it exactly on the property line? Guess what – that makes it joint property.

In this case, you’ll have to make joint decisions regarding fence maintenance. Few people want to deal with that.

So, then you should go well inside your property to stay safe… right? Not necessarily!

If you’re not careful, fences inside the property line cut back on your usable space. Even worse, your neighbor could eventually claim “adverse possession” and take over the property behind your fence. 

Determining the Right Location

The first step is to get a property survey for your fence. This is the only way to know for sure exactly where your property line is. This will cost you some money, typically $500 to $100, but it will save you a ton of headaches in the long run.

Next, check out the local rules and regulations. Depending on where you live, you may be required to set your fence back 2, 4, 6, or 8 inches from the property line.

If you’re friendly with your neighbors, it’s also a good idea to have a conversation with them. You may find that it works for you to butt up against their fence or that they have some other preferences.

As long as you’re following regulations you don’t have to consult your neighbors, of course. However, it is the courteous thing to do.

You may find that they were planning to put up a fence as well. In this case, you can work together to make sure that both will look great and there won’t be any access issues.

Leave It to the Pros

One of the best ways to handle important fence decisions – like determining the proper fence distance from the property line – is to simply leave it to the pros. When you hire Montco Fence, you’ll have the peace of mind in knowing everything will be done right the first time.

Are you ready for that beautiful fence you’ve been dreaming of? Contact us today to get started!


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