"Good fences make good neighbors", wrote Robert Frost in his poem "Mending Wall". And the legendary poet makes a good point, as fences can offer privacy, protect younger family members and pets when they spend time outdoors and increase the aesthetics and value of the house.
If you are thinking of building a fence this summer, here's what you need to know:
What type of fence should I build?
The type of fence you build depends on your needs and budget. Are you most looking for security, privacy or both? What material do you have? Do you need to keep children or animals safe inside, or do you just need general coverage? In terms of materials, a chain link fence will generally be cheaper and easier to install and may even last longer and be easier to maintain. A wooden fence can be more intensive and more expensive to install, but it also provides more integrity and flexibility and can be more aesthetically pleasing. Other options include vinyl, iron, aluminum or steel. Make a list of pros and cons to decide which type of fence is best for your home and family.
How do I decide on a budget?
According to HomeAdvisor, the average cost of building a fence is between $ 1,600 and $ 4,000. The easiest way to calculate your budget is to calculate how many linear fencing fences you will need and then calculate a ballpark figure based on the cost of your desired material per linear foot. You must also include the labor costs if you do not intend to set up the fence yourself. Finally, check out the gates, hardware and any paint or finishes you may need to complete your project.
What do I need to know before I build?
Depending on your city laws and building regulations, there may be certain guidelines that you must follow as far as the height of the fence or where it is located on your property. Some cities require you to obtain a permit before installing a fence. Last but not least, if you are planning to dig to place fence posts, you need to find out where the tools are located on your property. Call 811 at least a few working days in advance for someone to come out and mark where it is safe to dig.
How do I plan for my new fence?
Before you start building and installing, it is important to have a plan. First visit with your neighbors, let them know about the project and find out where your property boundaries are. Use spray paint, inserts and string to mark where your posts should go, as well as the correct layout and location for the fence.
DIY or hire an installer / builder?
If you are a regular DIYer and feel comfortable with a saw and basic tools, building a fence is a project that does not require much special skills. On the other hand, it can often require hours and hours of hard work, and if your farm is large or contains difficult terrain, you can sign up for more than you thought. If you choose to hire a professional, be sure to get estimates from multiple companies and make sure they are licensed and have quality references.
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