So, you’re looking to build a new fence on your property; sounds simple right? Well, there are some things you should consider before you proceed. It’s important to protect your new investment by making sure that you’re building it at the proper location. In this blog, we look at 5 things you should consider when building a fence on your property.
- The location of your new fence
If you’re building a new fence, you may not have given much thought to the exact location of the fence or the repercussions of placing it in the wrong place. However, it’s something that should be taken extremely seriously, as a fence that’s built over a property line can cause legal problems; and if you’re in the wrong, it will be you that has to pay the additional construction costs to correct the position of your fence! Fortunately, there’s a way to avoid accidentally constructing your fence over a shared property line.
- Investing in a survey
The best way to protect your investment in your new fence is to have a fence survey done. A fence survey will involve having a surveyor determine your property boundaries – the survey technician will analyze your property, and then visit your property and will usually place wooden stakes in the ground to help you locate your property limits. This is a simple way of making sure that you are not building over a property line, thus saving you money and legal problems in the long term!
- Who does your survey?
When contacting a surveyor to have a fence survey done, consider who you approach. At Van Harten, we ensure that a survey technician visits your property within two weeks of authorization to mark all bars with red wooden stakes to help guide the location of your new fence. In subdivisions where Van Harten has completed surveys for the buildings, and where we have crews in the area, we have set fees. For other properties, a cost estimate will be provided on a case-by-case basis before work begins.
Let us save you the hassle and expense of placing a fence over a property line. For more information about Van Harten, and to contact us about having your fence survey order, check out our online contact form, here!