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Preparing for fence installation is a team effort. It requires a little work from the homeowner and a little work from the fence installation company to ensure the project goes smoothly. The guide below gives an idea of what needs to be done before the fence installers arrive. We will discuss all of this during your free consultation. Here are some property preparation tips for fencing.
Preparing for fence installation – Identify the Property Line
If you do not have a fence at the moment or if there have been discrepancies about your property line in the past, make sure you know the exact borders of your yard before the fence is installed. You may need to consult with the city to find out where your property line sits if there isn’t an obvious division between lots. We can give you advice on how to handle this during your fence installation consultation so everything is ready to go when the project starts.
Tell Your Neighbors about the New Fence
Let your neighbors know that you are getting a new fence. The fence installers may need to spend some time on their property during the installation, so it’s best to forewarn your neighbors well in advance. As soon as you know the date and time of the installation, alert your neighbors so they can secure their dogs, keep their kids inside. They may decide to get a new fence at the same time, so the fence installers can coordinate a timeframe that works for both of you.
Move Objects Touching the Current Fence
If you have anything attached to or leaning against your current fence, you may want to move that before the fence installers get there. Of course, they can move those objects for you, but it will add to the labor cost and delay the actual fence installation. Relocate ladders, children’s play equipment, pool accessories and the like so they do not interfere with the fence installation.
Secure Your Pets
We talked above about having the neighbors secure their pets, but you also need to think about what you’ll do with your own pets. If you cannot bring your dogs into the house or garage, you may need to arrange boarding for the day. Indoor/outdoor cats should be kept primarily indoors during the fence installation because the equipment may startle them and cause them to run. Make sure your kids stay inside so they do not get hurt by tools, splintered wood, nails and other items outside.
Clear a Space for the Truck/Trailer
Your fence installers will most likely have a truck and trailer filled with fence posts and tools. If you can clear a space for that vehicle to park, it will make your fence installation go a lot smoother. Parking can be tricky in certain neighborhoods, so you may need to plan a little in advance. For instance, if you only have street parking (no driveway), you could park your personal vehicles in front of your home and then move them when the installers arrive.
Follow the instructions from your consultant when preparing for fence installation, and you will be set up for success from the start.