Posted on: 29 October 2021Share
A fence can be a great asset for your property. It not only enhances the appearance and value of your home but also provides privacy and security. Whether it has been a few years since you've had a fence installed or this is your first time, you probably have questions about how to proceed with the process. Here are some helpful tips for finding a fencing company and working with them to create a custom design for your property.
Fence Designs Options for Any Property
A fence company's design options are as varied as the different types of fences. You can build in a picket fence, a privacy fence, a decorative fence, or an iron fence. Each of these fence types has its own design options, and a fence company will help you choose fencing designs that meet the needs of your property. Design options include:
- Picket—A solid picket fence is the most basic. It is ideal for covering a yard, and you can build it high enough to keep out stray pets.
- Lattice—A lattice fence is made of horizontal pickets that may line up or overlap. Lattice fences provide some privacy but aren't suitable for blocking out large areas.
- Privacy—Privacy fences are a good choice for blocking out neighbors, and they come in solid or lattice designs. A solid privacy fence provides more privacy than a lattice fence, but it also costs more to install.
- Decorative—This type of fence can be ideal for covering a front yard, but the design makes it less practical for blocking out neighbors and stray pets. A decorative iron fence can be made from ornamental iron, making it a good choice for a front yard. A picket fence can be made from iron, making it a good choice for covering a yard.
A successful fencing installation must be well designed. Your fence company will be able to help you choose and design the fencing that will work best for your property.
Permitting and Preparing for Fence Installation
The fence company will call the local permitting authority, find out if you need a building permit, and tell you what documents you need to provide. In most cases, they will check the site to make sure the area in question is zoned for the fencing you have in mind. Then they will submit a building permit application for you.
In most cases, the fencing company will also meet with the inspector from the county building department to inspect the fencing, make sure it is installed correctly, and issue a certificate of occupancy once the job is complete. Again, the company will fill out the paperwork and handle the inspector. Sometimes, though, the inspector will call you. They may want to ask you questions about your plans.
If everything looks good on the inspection, the inspector will give you the permit. There might be issues that the inspector wants you to correct before issuing a permit. You won't be able to have a second inspection unless the work is done to the inspector's satisfaction. After you have done what the inspector has asked, you will be issued the permit for your new fence.
The Average Cost of Fencing Installation
Fences are expensive. The average homeowner with average material, average labor, and average equipment costs (and average skill and experience) can expect to pay about $3,500 to $5,000 for a typical privacy fence.
Fencing costs vary for many reasons. The type and size of the fence, whether or not driveway access is required, the shape of the property, and, of course, the labor costs will all affect the final cost.
Contact a fence company to get the help you need adding new custom fencing to your property.