“Good Fences Make Good Neighbors”
There are many reasons why this old cliché is true, but if you try to DIY your fence project, there’s a good chance your neighbors will not be happy.
Building a fence yourself might seem like a great way to save money, but it can cause headaches that simply aren’t worth it. Not only can it take forever and end up looking less-than-stellar, but you can also get in serious trouble if you accidentally violate fencing laws.
Still not convinced? Check out these seven compelling reasons why you should always leave fencing installation to the pros.
1. Custom Designs & Professional Materials
When most people build their own fences, they head to the local home store and choose from the small selection of posts and panels available. When working with a professional, you’ll have access to far better materials and custom design options.
Some of your material options might include:
- Wrought iron
- Chain link
Your professional contractors will help you weigh the pros and cons of each type of material so you can choose the best one for your needs.
2. Proper Equipment
Having the right tools and equipment is critical for any major project, and fencing is no exception. Different types of fencing material require different tools for proper installation.
If you’re trying to do the project yourself, purchasing the equipment you need can add a significant unexpected cost. Trying to do the project without this equipment will cost you even more in time, effort, and a sub-par finished project.
Your professional contractor will have all of the right tools on hand and will have the knowledge and experience to use them correctly.
3. Faster Completion
Installing a fence yourself is incredibly time-consuming, not to mention physically taxing. On the other hand, a crew of professional installers can typically bang out the project in less than a day. Letting experienced installers take care of your fencing will save you a ton of time and you’ll have the assurance in knowing that it was done right the first time.
4. Less Stress
Putting in a fence is actually much harder than you think. If your yard has a lot of hills and grade variation, your fencing will need to accommodate for that. This usually means contouring it to the ground, which is no easy task.
When you’re installing a fence for the first time, there’s a good chance you’ll forget some of the necessary materials or purchase the wrong thing. This results in multiple trips to the hardware store, increasing your irritation exponentially each time.
You’ll also have to avoid hitting water or power lines while you’re digging, or you could end up with a much bigger problem than you bargained for. You’re required to notify your utility companies before you dig and give them enough time to come out and mark the areas with flags. Failing to do so can land you in hot water!
Add all of these concerns together and you’ve created a potentially very stressful situation. Hiring a professional takes these concerns away and gives you peace of mind.
5. Eliminate Legal Hassles
There are few things that create more of a hassle than accidentally placing your fence a few inches over your property line. Once discovered, your neighbor could demand that you move your fence or even sue you for trespass. There’s a good chance this can result in a hostile situation and will ruin your relationship with your neighbors.
You’ll also need to make sure you meet any permitting requirements for your area. Although this isn’t difficult, it does present another challenge for those who have never done it. Your professional installation company will take care of this detail for you before they start the work.
6. Guaranteed Work
When you install your own fence, nobody is liable for future problems but you. If there’s a problem with the quality of the work and your fence starts deteriorating fast or doesn’t hold up to the next storm, you’re left holding the bag.
Any good fencing company will guarantee both the materials and their work. This will protect you and ensure that if you do have a problem it won’t cost you an arm and a leg to fix down the line. Since installing a fence is a big project, this assurance alone is well worth the cost of hiring a pro.
7. Increased Property Value
Whether you’re replacing an old fence or adding one to your property for the first time, this is a project that can add significant value to your property. It will make your home more attractive to potential buyers with children or pets, improve the home’s security, and can significantly increase your curb appeal.
The size of the area you’ve fenced in, the height of your fence, and the materials you choose will all impact how much of an increase you’ll see. If you’re thinking of selling your home soon, let your fence installer know this before starting your project. That way, you can choose design features that are most likely to appeal to potential buyers.
Is Building a Fence on Your Springtime “To Do” List? We Can Help!
If building a fence is on your list of things to do this year, let Fallston Fence help. We believe in making sure everything is done right the first time. We’ll ensure that your fence is in compliance with all of the local ordinances and community covenants and that you end up with a finished product you can be proud of.
Whether you’re ready to get started today or you still have some questions, we’re here to help. Contact us today to get started!