Fencing and Neighbors

Proper Etiquette

Many people add a yard fence around their property either for privacy purposes or to keep their children and pets from roaming. If you have a decent sized lot, you may only need to fence in a part of it, and it will not have any bearing on your neighbors.

However, if you live in a gated community or you have a Homeowner’s Association (HOA), there are most likely certain restrictions regarding the height or type of fence you can construct.

Even if you live in a regular suburban neighborhood without HOA regulations, you still need to be concerned with your neighbors’ properties since your fence will affect their property too.

A few questions or concerns may arise when you decide to build a fence. To stay friends with your neighbors, you should discuss some of these things with them. If you are new to the neighborhood and the previous owner did not have a fence, your new neighbors may feel a bit slighted if they suddenly see a new fence going up separating your properties.

7 Fencing and Neighbor Etiquette Tips

  1. Who will pay for the fence?
    It is rather evident that if you want the fence, you will be paying for it. You may be fortunate and find out that your neighbor is considering a fence too and may pay for a portion of it.
  2. Who chooses the design?
    It is always best to compromise on a design that will beautify both properties, especially if your neighbors are kicking in half the cost. Neutral colors or wooden fencing will likely go with any landscaping.

Even if you do pay the entire bill and make the final decision on the design, it is always best to keep the neighborhood in mind anyway, to avoid any feuds later on.

  1. Who will share in the maintenance?
    If maintenance is a significant concern, you should opt for a vinyl fence that will require little to no maintenance for years.
  2. Add value!
    Make sure the fencing you choose will complement and add value to the property without devaluing your neighbors’ property or the neighborhood in general.
  3. Choose a “Good Neighbor” fence.
    Choose a fence design that is both attractive and identical on both the side facing you and the side facing your neighbors. It is just the neighborly thing to do.
  4. Think low maintenance.
    If you love the look of wooden fencing, choose a similar design but in a vinyl fence. You will not incur the time and cost of maintenance, and just a quick cleaning periodically will keep it looking new.
  5. Know your property lines.
    Before you start putting up the fence, be sure to double-check the property lines, so there is no dispute later on that the fence is actually on your neighbor’s property.
    Yard Fence Ideas for Privacy and Safety

Some people need their privacy, regardless of where they live. They may have an area of their property set aside for a swimming pool or private family get-togethers that a privacy fence will protect from prying eyes or intruders.

Some couples have small children or pets that like to wander. A yard fence helps to keep their kids and pets inside the perimeter of the property, giving them peace of mind when the little ones are outside playing.
Boundary Fences

Boundary fences sit right in the middle of the property line between two properties. Typically, both properties own and maintain the boundary fence since both properties share the use of that fence.

You should always check with your state or township about regulations for a boundary fence before adding to or replacing one on your property.
Types of Fencing to Consider

Wooden Fencing

There are various woods used for this type of fencing, pine, cedar, and spruce being the most common. Since they can last up to 40 years and are a little less expensive than vinyl, many homeowners choose wood for fencing in their properties.

The downside is the maintenance. Even if you buy treated wood, it still may need further treating over time to maintain its beauty and lifespan.

If you decide to paint the fence to match your house or landscaping, you will have to maintain the paint as well and be vigilant to spot and repair paint chips or fading.

Longer Lasting Vinyl Fence

This is a virtual maintenance free option for many homeowners as it is not susceptible to fungus, dry rot, termites or fire. Vinyl also lasts longer than wood. The downside is the initial cost as it is a bit more expensive than wood.

The color you choose will determine how often you need to clean it. White or very light colored fencing will show dirt more clearly, while dirt will not be as visible on darker colors.

To learn more about how we can help you choose the perfect fencing for your property, contact Roark Fencing today.