Before Installing a Fence, Plan First

A fence is a great way to add a sense of privacy to your backyard, and if the fence is constructed well, it can even add a stylish detail. However, before you jump right in and have a new fence installed, it is always a good idea to take a minute to plan. The better you plan the fence install, the more likely you are to have a structure that is functional and that you like for years to come.

Contact the Homeowners' Association

If your home is in a community governed by a homeowners' association, you need to check your agreement before you design and install a fence. Many of these associations have set rules dictating the types of fencing materials that you can use and guidelines on how tall the fence can be. 

Some associations also set rules for where the fence can be located, such as a certain number of feet from the front line of the house. If the fence is not installed per guidelines, it will have to be removed. Save yourself the hassle by getting all the details first. 

Set a Goal for the Fence

Make sure you know what you want out of the fence, as your goal with the fence install will depict how you need to design the fence. For example, do you want a fence to keep the wandering eyes of your neighbor's away from your backyard or do you want a fence to provide a safe space for your children to play?

If you want a fence for privacy, you need a tall fence made from wood, aluminum, or vinyl to create a wall-like structure. On the other hand, if you just need a fence to contain an area, just about any type of fence will do. 

Know What Type of Maintenance You Can Provide

An important, but sometimes overlooked step during the design process is a discussion on the type of maintenance you will be willing to provide for the fence. An installer will make sure that your new fence looks good and is secure, but as it is exposed to the elements, it becomes the responsibility of the homeowner to ensure the fence remains in this condition.

Certain types of fences, such as wood, require more maintenance than others, such as chain-link. Think about the amount of time you have in your schedule and the amount of effort you are willing to put forth, and choose a fence that meets your goals. 

Fortunately, a fencing professional can assist you with most of these steps, so do not hesitate to reach out for additional assistance or visit a site like for advice.