Tips For Installing A Privacy Fence Near A Neighbor's Fence

Choosing and installing a privacy fence comes with a host of concerns even if you're using a professional fence company for installation The matter becomes even trickier if the fence is going up along a property line where a neighbor already has a fence installed. There are a few special considerations to keep in mind before putting up a fence in this situation.

Check Local Set Back Laws

Contact a local building authority to see how far away from your property line you have to place your fence. Some localities allow the fence to be directly on the line while others require a set back of several inches.

Checking the set back law is important to protect your fence legally but also can inform you of any potential problems regarding the neighbor's fence. If it's legal to put a fence on the property line, your neighbor's fence might already be on that line so you need to readjust. If you both need to set the fence back several inches, there could become a closed-in area of grass that can't be mowed. So you will need to either take out the grass in that area and replace it with stone or deal with high, mostly hidden weeds.

Note that you will want to pre-stain and treat wood privacy fence panels before putting the panels up on the side of your yard that borders the neighbors fence. It won't be possible to reach the outside of the panels once installed.

Ask to Split the Price

Is your neighbor's fence old and crumbling or nonexistent? If you're on good terms with the neighbor, ask about splitting the cost of a new fence.

You would still shoulder most of the cost since you get to have all of the fence around your yard. But if your neighbor pitches in slightly, you could have your contractor take down the decrepit fence that's an eyesore. And the new fence would offer an attractive dividing line for the two properties.

This prospect might seem particularly appealing if your neighbor has a rear lot where your fence wall would offer the neighbor's yard a great deal of privacy, too. It never hurts to ask when you're starting your fence installation process.

Locate All of the Utility Lines

If you are using a fencing contractor or have done your research, you will know it's important to identify what utility lines could be running underground where you want the fence to sit. Utility lines can include gas, plumbing, and sewer lines and none are lines that you want to accidentally puncture.

But if your fence is going to sit right on the property line, you need to make sure you know of any of the neighbor's utility lines that could be close to the property line. While you shouldn't accidentally puncture anything if you stay on the property line, the force of driving in fence posts could rupture or cause an old pipe to collapse if it's too nearby.

For more information, contact Hinesville Fence or a similar company.