4 Rules Of Etiquette To Follow When Installing A Fence Near Your Neighbor

Posted on: 22 January 2018

When installing a fence around your home, you want to be sure you follow the rules of etiquette, especially when that fence runs along your neighbor's property line. Before breaking ground, here are four things to do in order to keep the peace and make sure you both benefit from your addition.

1. Communicate

The very first rule is to talk with your neighbor about what you have planned. Even if the fence is well within your property line, and you're sure you're complying with local ordinances or your HOA, having a quick chat about it can benefit you both in several ways.

First, it's just a common courtesy that encourages a good relationship. Second, your neighbor may be thinking about putting a fence up, too, and maybe you can work together to make that happen and share the cost. Lastly, communicating can help prevent any possible disputes down the road.

2. Locate Property Lines

Before putting up a fence, you need to know exactly where your property lines are to avoid any legal issues. This information is on your deed, but you can also get it on the survey you got when you bought your home or from the county assessor's office. All you need to do is measure the distance from the landmarks given then place wooden stakes in the ground for your fence. When in doubt, you can always pay to have a survey done.

3. Decide Where to Install

In some situations, you and your neighbor may want to share the fence by putting it on the property line. If this is allowed in your jurisdiction, be sure you're aware of any other responsibilities, like shared maintenance and that sort of thing.

If you've discussed it with your neighbor, and you've opted to keep the fence off the property line, the next step is to find out what the local laws are regarding how many inches from the property line you can legally put your fence.

4. Face the Good Side Out

While it's not legally required (as long as the fence is on your property), the general rule of thumb is to install a fence with the good side facing your neighbor.

The "good" side is the finished side of a wooden fence, and the reason you put it in that way is not so your neighbor can benefit from your investment, but so that your home maintains more curb appeal to anyone passing by. Additionally, you can always paint or stain the fence on your side once it's installed without distracting your neighbor.

Some fences can be purchased that are finished on both sides, so this may not be an issue. Contact a company, like Holman Fence LLC, for more help.