The primary intents of a fence usually center around safety and security. Chain link fencing helps take care of both while decreasing the cost and installation times necessary. But even before the first post hole is dug, there are many moving pieces that make up a successful fencing project. Here are six things to avoid before a chain link fence installation in Rockland County, NY.
Most fencing projects will need the proper permits (unless they are well within your property lines). Failure to obtain proper permits could result in fines and having to tear out the fence and start the process all over again. A reputable fencing company will always secure permits before work begins.
Failing to Notify Utility Companies
Post holes need to be dug below the frost line to ensure a secure and sturdy fence. Anyone digging in the ground needs to contact the local utility companies before digging begins. The utility companies will send out a representative to mark gas, electric, and water lines that could potentially be damaged by a fence installation. If the companies aren’t contacted and a utility line gets damaged, it can again result in fines, the homeowner will have to pay for all repairs and replacement, and if the lines cut are gas or electric, the results could even be injury or death. A reputable fencing company will call the utilities before work is scheduled to begin.
Crossing Property Lines
“Good fences make good neighbors.” The old adage is so true! Even the best relationships between neighbors can be tarnished by a fence project that doesn’t respect property lines. Keeping the fence line well within the property line is an absolute necessity to avoid costly lawsuits and project redos. Your fencing company will take steps to ensure that the fence is within the property and within regulated setbacks.
Disregarding Zoning and HOA Regulations
Not every property has the same zoning and homeowner’s association regulations, and these specifications can determine how tall a chain link fence can be or if it can be installed at all. Ignoring these local regulations can again result in big fines and set your project up for a do-over and costly delays. Your fencing company will ensure the feasibility of the project with local assessors as well as any HOAs.
Improperly Measuring the Spaces
One of the main requirements for any fencing project is properly measuring the spaces between post holes. This begins with a good understanding of the layout of the fence, the contours of the land, and this will affect how much material to be used. This all has a direct impact on the overall cost of the project. Failure to properly measure the spaces will result in an uneven look, extra cost of materials and labor, or even a costly re-do of the affected area or entire project.
Not Accounting for Irregular Land and Obstacles
Most properties are not perfectly level, which presents challenges for fencing installation. Any steeply sloped or uneven lot, or obstacles such as trees or rock outcroppings could mean altering fence post locations and the aesthetics of the fence—which is something most DIY homeowners are not prepared to address. An experienced fencing company has the know-how and skills to address these challenges and build an attractive and long-lasting fence.