If you aren’t careful, you could have extra expenses when it comes to installing a new fence. Have your boundaries checked the right way from the start.
If you want to build a new fence, there is one important step you must take before doing anything else. Before you even begin ordering your new fence, you will want to check the boundary lines of your property. You might think you know exactly where your property begins and ends. You might even have blueprints of your property that clearly show your property lines. Even with this information, having a professional survey your land can help you to be completely certain where you should erect your new fence.
Erecting a new aluminum fence will come with plenty of costs. Even though the aluminum fence cost is low compared to the more expensive wrought iron varieties, you will not want to have to take down and re-install a fence just because you did not have the right information about where your property lines were meant to be.
The neighborly thing to do
When you are planning to install a new fence at your residential property, you will probably share at least one side of your property with a neighbor. When this happens, you will want to discuss your new plans with your neighbor and see what their ideas are about your property boundary lines. Often two properties will have had changing boundary lines at some point in their history, with one or either party not being aware of the changes or having outdated information. Therefore, your neighbor might even be interested in sharing the cost of getting the land surveyed as they could also use this information for their own home’s value and any outdoor landscaping or to help with their own future aluminum fence cost.
Being a good citizen
When you don’t have a neighbor sharing a property boundary with you, there may be another type of land owner to contend with: the local government. If your property lies next to a public park, a school or other government-owned property, you may have extra zoning or survey laws to check. This will help you in the long run as you will not only be a good citizen by taking the necessary steps to keep your house and yard up to standards and follow the laws of the land; you will also keep future costs down should you or the neighboring land need to move the fence at some point. Getting all the information about where your property starts and theirs ends and checking for any extra zoning laws before even beginning to pick out your fence can only help you.
The added layer of homeowners’ associations
If you also have a homeowners’ association where you live, you’re probably already aware of the extra layer of rules you must check before changing your property. This added layer won’t add anything to your aluminum fence cost as the fence will still be the same size to fit around your property. In fact, you just need to follow the same steps that apply if your property boundaries are close to government-owned property: double-check where the property is and follow any additional rules set forth by the governing body. You will be glad you covered all of your bases when you put in the order for your new fence as you will be certain you made the right choice and that there will be no unpleasant surprises in the future.