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How to Plan for Building a New Fence

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There are several types of fencing available in today's market, from wood or vinyl, to chainlink. Choose the right one for your home, depending on your needs and budget. There are many reasons for installing a fence in your backyard. A fence can define the boundaries of your property, protect your children, contain your pets and can block the wind. But the main reason for getting a fence is for the privacy!


There are many things to take into consideration when you are planning to build your fence. Check with your neighbors - it's common courtesy to get their permission. Be up front and open with them about your fencing plan. Try not to block their view. And who knows, if your neighbor has been considering building a fence too, they might help with the cost.


Mark and measure your fencing perimeter to determine how much fencing material you will need to purchase. You may need to check with your homes association. They might have rules about the height, style and materials that are allowed in your neighborhood. You will also need to check with your local utility provider and have them come out to mark the utilities before starting your fencing project. Always have underground utilities marked before digging. Certain locations/areas have codes for meeting fence safety requirements. Especially if you plan on having a pool some day. Make sure you're following IRC guidelines to meet minimum safety requirement for a pool barrier. They may have certain specifications for the height and style of the fence and the security of the latches and locks.


Another thing to do before building your fence is to check the property line! Make sure you only build on your legal property. This will prevent you from one day possibly having to tear it down and rebuild it all over again.


Know your yard before you start digging your new fence. Keep in mind your fence post should be at least two feet into the ground for a proper base. Check for layers of rocks, roots, and other obstacles. like a septic tank. They might prevent you from digging that deep into your yard.


For safety and convenience, plan on having two paths into your backyard. Make sure one is wide enough to accommodate bulky outdoor equipment, like riding mowers, aerators, etc.



Below is a list of tools you will need when putting up a fence:


Post Hole Digger or Auger


Circular Saw


Drill/Screwdriver bit

Tape Measure

Mason's String




A new fence is a great way to enhance the curb appeal of your home and increase your home's property value. Sutherlands is here to help with all your fencing needs. Stop by today to see our selection and speak with one of our knowledgeable staff today. They will be happy to give you a free estimate on your fencing project.





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