Whether your property needs a fence for protection, privacy, or pets, making a plan for a new fence can be overwhelming. You’ll have to plan out how much it will cost, the dimensions, and what materials to use. Here are the steps to take when planning a fence. 

Why are You Building a Fence?

Pinpoint the reason for the fence to determine what kind you’ll need. For example, you’ll want a tall privacy fence around a pool. If you have dogs, you may just need an affordable chain-link fence. Here are some common reasons for building a fence: 

  • Prevent people from running through the yard
  • Protect against vandals and thieves
  • Improve curb appeal
  • Provide privacy
  • Improve safety around the pool
  • Contain pets and children 

Figure Out Your Budget

It’s now time to determine your project’s budget and fence size. Your fence’s size factors in to how much it will cost. As you plan for a new fence, decide how much you can afford to invest in this project. To save money, fence in only part of your yard and choose an affordable material. 

Plan the Material for a New Fence

Look at the advantages and disadvantages of different fencing materials. There are many options available to you, such as vinyl, aluminum, wrought iron, wood, and chain-link. Here is some information to help you make your decision. 

  • Vinyl: A vinyl fence will cost a bit more than wood upfront. It is durable and doesn’t require much maintenance, which makes up for its higher pricing. 
  • Aluminum: This is a durable and low-maintenance option. There are many attractive designs and colors. It is a good option for sloped yards.
  • Wrought Iron: This material is heavy and hard to install. It also rusts easily if not painted. People like its decorative look, as it can be formed into different designs.
  • Wood: Wood fences require more maintenance since wood is susceptible to rot, mold, and insect infestations. Wood fences provide a classic look and are the best option for privacy. 
  • Chain-link: Chain-link isn’t the most attractive option. However, it is durable and affordable. This is a great choice for keeping dogs in the backyard.

Check With Neighbors When You Plan for a New Fence

Make sure you understand the property line between adjacent neighbors. If you are tying into a neighbor’s fence, ask for permission first. You also might discover that a neighbor is willing to help pay for the fence.

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