Before installing a fence, it’s a good idea to do some prep work to ensure fence installation goes smoothly. Whether big or small, a fence is a significant investment in your property and it deserves enough time and attention. At Purple Fencing Company, we know that a little preparation always makes installation smoother. Below are some helpful tips.
Tidy your yard
Sounds obvious, but many folks often forget this crucial first step. Messy yards will significantly lengthen your fence installation time. Large rocks, weeds, trees with low branches, old tires, or old vehicles should be cleared from the area. If you typically keep your yard clean, then you are likely in good shape.
Secure the necessary permits
Imagine how frustrating it would be to put up a fence, only to have the city officials order you to remove it. Local laws vary from place to place, but some jurisdictions have to approve fence construction. In those cases, permits, land surveys, and detailed construction plans are sometimes required.
If you live in a residential area, it is also a good idea to get a plat from your local probate office. A plat is a map of your neighborhood drawn by civil engineers. Its purpose is to illustrate the boundaries of all the properties in the area. This is important because without it, your new fence might encroach on someone else’s land. Our team at Purple Fencing Company knows how to navigate this process and is happy to help you.
Stake out property line and fence line
Once you have your plat, you can mark your property line with stakes. In some places, homeowners can be made to tear down their fence if it extends their property line by even a few inches. Precision is key! Marking the property line is also important to determine the size of fence you’ll need.
Staking out the fence line is the next step. The fence will not go exactly along your property line, but a few inches inside it. At this point, you should walk the perimeter of the fence line to make sure nothing is the way. Making sure the path is clear will make installation faster.
Check Utility Lines
It is essential to know if any sewage lines, water pipes, or gas lines run through your property. During fence installation, contractors need to know about them so they don’t accidentally damage them when digging holes for fence posts. It is typically a legal requirement to know this information before fence building. Our team has lots of experience in this area, and is always on hand to assist you.
Let your neighbors know
Talk to your neighbors about your plans to build a fence. Sometimes property lines can be less than straightforward, and your fence might affect them. It is better to discuss this before you make any fence-building plans; that way, potential problems can be addressed before the project begins.
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Purple Fencing Company has been providing top-notch service to Austin and the surrounding communities for years. We employ expert contractors who perform quality work, and always in a respectful, professional manner. Our team focuses on delivering exceptional results for competitive prices. Each client deserves a reliable company that respects their time, money, and property.
We offer a variety of fence repair and fence installation services in Austin and the surrounding areas, and can accommodate all your residential, commercial, farm, and livestock fencing needs. At Purple Fencing Company, we provide free, same-day inspections and price quotes, and we schedule repairs as quickly as possible. Call us today to find out how we can help you!