Not too close would be a quick answer.
At Fence Supply Online we tell clients putting up a new fence to be very careful, very careful indeed.
The property line is a sensitive place. Both neighbors may not precisely know where it is, but as soon as a fence goes up, the maps will come out for checking. Many disputes between neighbors begin at the property line and finish with the Hatfields and the McCoys.
We often get queries from DIY clients on erecting property line fences. They want to know the procedures involved and how to do the work properly. Our team of experts put their heads together and came up with some excellent pointers.
Deciding how close you should go to the property line with a new fence involves:
- Checking the map
- Stick to your side of the property line fence
- Discussing the property line fence with your neighbors
- Different fences may have differing rules
- Ask an expert if you are not sure
Let’s take a closer look at each point.
Checking the map
Always, always, always check the map before beginning any work on the property line.
You do not want to build on your neighbor’s property, or stray in there at any stage. Certainly do not cut down any trees, trim any shrubs or remove any rocks or landmarks.
Get a map from the local land registry office or your lawyer who handles the property dealings. At Fence Supply Online we recommend marking the boundary line on the ground according to the map, so you know where it should be.
Stick to your side of the property line fence
When you have the boundary line marked on the ground, doublecheck that all is okay.
Good advice is to keep the fence about one-foot into your property. Take a walk and see what the fence could look like when in place and that there are not any obstructions along the line. You may lose a bit of your land, but it could save you a lot of trouble by getting things right from the start.
Keep the work on your side and all will be fine.
Discuss the property line fence with your neighbors
This is the ideal way to put up a fence on the boundary line.
Give your neighbor a call and ask them what they think of your plans.
They can agree on the position of the fence and maybe too on the material, size, and style of fence.
In most states neighbors on both sides of a boundary fence are responsible for maintenance and certain costs.
It is a lot easier to discuss finances when you are talking and not in dispute.
Different fences may have differing rules
The rules surrounding fences on your property can differ from state to state.
Many districts have strict rules on height, style, and even the color of property line fences.
If you want to erect a privacy fence, you may find quite a few rules to follow. A privacy fence can restrict the light, view and even the flow of wind over your neighbor’s property.
As a local government official for the full rules and discuss them with your neighbors.
Ask an expert if not sure
It always pays to ask an expert.
Ask about property fence law and what are the precautions you will need to take on your project.
If you are using a contractor, make sure that they know what the laws are before beginning work.
Calling on the local Home Owners Association is a good idea. There may be laws covering fences about which only they know. These laws often cover colors, material, and styles.
Fences on the side of the pavement, or ones which restrict the view of the street, have very important laws to follow.
Ask before you begin.
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