Your home's exterior can have a significant impact on its overall value. Many things contribute to a home's curb appeal, but few play as vital a role as a well-maintained fence. If you notice that your fence is looking a little run-down, it's probably time to think about replacing it with a newer fencing product.
Here are three tips you can use to ensure your new fence is installed smoothly.
1. Plan ahead when installing a new fence.
When it comes to installing a new fence for your home, it's important that you plan ahead before investing in fencing materials. With the average cost of a fence installation running between $20.67 and $29.29 per linear foot, you will want your new fence to meet your family's needs for as long as possible to avoid the cost of another replacement before the fencing materials wear out.
If you are planning to have children or adopt a pet, you should take these life changes into consideration when planning the height of your fence and the materials that you will have installed. Investing a little more in a tall, vinyl fence that is designed to withstand both children and pets now could save you money in the long run.
2. Get permission to replace your existing fence.
Before you begin tearing out your old fence and replacing it with a new one, be sure that you have permission to do so. Even though you own the property your fence sits on, many municipal governments still require you to obtain a permit granting you permission to alter your property before replacing a fence.
You should be prepared to invest in a property survey to ensure that your new fence doesn't cross any property lines, and you may need to gain permission from your homeowner's association before making alterations to your home's exterior as well.
3. Contact the utility companies in your area before you begin digging.
Even if you plan to place new fence posts in the holes left after removing existing fence posts, it's still important that you take the time to have a licensed professional mark any underground utility lines or pipes that might run through your property.
Digging a new post hole even a few inches deeper than the existing hole could cause you to sever a fiber optic cable or other utility line, resulting in the need for costly repairs. Knowing where utility lines are located on your property will help you safely replace your fence in the future.
Replacing a run-down fence can dramatically improve the exterior appearance of your home. Avoid problems during installation by planning for your future needs, obtaining the proper permits, and identifying utility lines before you dig.