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5 Things to Consider Before Installing a Fence In Your Yard

Monday, July 26, 2021

One of the most common residential property upgrades is installing a fence in your yard. It boosts curb appeal while instilling a sense of privacy and security.

But before you rush out to compare lumber prices at the local home improvement store, there are several important factors to weigh.

Here is your step-by-step guide to things to think about before jumping into a backyard fence project.

1. Installing a Fence Requires a Plan 

The most important first step in a fence project is having a well-developed vision. 

Will the fence run along the property line and borders the neighbor’s existing structure? If so, map it out.

A pictorial layout should include as much detail as possible and incorporate a landscaping plan. Draw in the height of the bushes you plan to plant to complement a new fence.

With a detailed plan in hand, you’ve laid the foundation for a successful fence installation project.

2. DIY or Not

After you’ve nailed down the general scope and location of the fence, the next big question is who’s going to do it.

Some home projects may seem doable at first, but they can quickly spiral out of control without the proper equipment.

Consider hiring a fence company that can pull required building permits, look for any underground utility lines, and recommend the ideal fence materials.

A recent industry report shows the demand for fence construction is rising. A shortage of fence materials is causing a backlog in fence installation.

Depending on the size of the project, most companies can install a fence within 1 to 3 days. But homeowners might run into a months-long waiting list.

Here are some useful questions to ask a fencing contractor before hiring them.

3. Type Of Fence and Materials 

Fences come in a variety of styles and materials. Some popular fences are made of vinyl, wood, metal, and wrought iron.

When deciding which type of fence is best for your property, be sure to consider these factors:

  • What type of fence do adjacent neighbors have and how will a new fence complement the existing fence line?
  • What fencing materials do the homeowners’ covenants allow?

4. Make a Budget

Another key component is creating a budget. Estimate the prices for materials, supplies, and installation. Fences are priced by the linear foot and costs vary by fence type.

Once you have an idea of how much you want to spend, that will determine which type of fence you can afford.

5. Consider Maintenance 

Don’t overlook the maintenance and upkeep after fence service companies finish the project.

Wood fences are sturdy but may need to be repainted. Vinyl fences are weather-resistant but may need to be power-washed to look new.

The Fence Takeaway 

Installing a fence is one of the most popular property improvements to make a home more appealing.

But a successful fence project starts with a plan. Following these simple steps will not only create a happy home but an even happier homeowner.

Contact our experts for a fencing installation estimate and answers to all your fence-related questions.

We build your fence board-by-board ourselves, we never subcontract. Some of your friends and neighbors have probably already hired us, ask around and learn why Montco Fence is the number one family owned and operated fencing contractor for Phoenixville, King of Prussia, Downington, Norristown, Douglassville, Pennsburg, and nearby East Pennsylvania communities. Our services include, but are not limited to: Wood fencing (custom red cedar), PVC/Vinyl fencing, Chain link fencing, Aluminum fencing. 

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