Don’t Get Fined! Know Your Restrictions
Last but not least, some homeowners make a big mistake when installing a new fence – one that can come back to haunt them and cost them thousands of dollars in expenses, fines and penalties. Those homeowners forget to do something very important and end up paying a high price for their oversight.
Whether you live in the city, the suburbs or a more rural area, chances are your municipality places certain restrictions on what kind of fencing you can build and what kind of permit you need to build it. Depending on where you live, there may be restrictions on the height of the fence you plan to erect, the types of materials you can use to build it and how far from the road it must be.
Further, we would strongly urge homeowners to check with their local HOA (Home Owners Association) as well. Some of the time an HOA can be more strict then the local town or city ordinances, as far as style and height restrictions. HOA’s can even put liens on homeowners homes who are not compliant.
Before you drive your first post hole into the ground or pick up your first board, you need to do your homework and find out what restrictions, if any, apply in your area. You may also need to supply a drawing of the proposed fence and its location and obtain a building permit before the work can begin.
No matter where you live or what kind of property you own, the right fencing can make a big difference in your quality of life and the privacy of your family. Whether you need a fence to keep your dogs protected while you are at work, keep your kids safe while they play or keep your backyard barbecues private, it is important to choose the right materials, work with a quality contractor and make sure your proposed project meets local restrictions and requirements.
Doing your homework and learning about the mistakes other homeowners have made is one of the best ways to make sure your own project goes smoothly. Simply knowing where others have gone wrong can help you avoid those same mistakes – saving you time, money and hassle in the process.