Tips For Easy Fence Installation

We have one of those craftsman house plans, so we knew before we even broke ground on building our new house that we wanted a simple styled fence that will look like it’s meant for the Craftsman architecture of our home. And, when choosing our siding and trim colors with our builder, we definitely wanted to choose bright white trim that will coordinate nicely with a new white fence. Many homes in the area have ivory trim, which looks attractive, but not with a bright white fence! Mixing the two will make your house trim appear dirty or yellowed.

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Before we could even get the fence installed, we had to have the fence company we chose submit a drawing of the fence and where it would be placed on our lot to the architectural committee for our neighborhood. These committees ultimately want to give you approval before you add a fence to your yard. As a new homeowner, you want to feel in control of your new lot and what you want to do with it, but practically every neighborhood has a committee like this that takes charge. All I could hope is that they like what they see, and we stay within the guidelines they’ve already imposed for the neighborhood. And, if possible I recommend requesting a copy of the neighborhood bylaws from your builder before you even sign a contract to build a home there. You might want an enclosed fence around your new home, or something else for that matter and only come to find out later it isn’t allowed. Our neighborhood bylaws had many rules when it came to fence styles. The slats in the fence could only be so close (no closer than 3”), the height of the fence could only be 48” no chain link fences, and fences could only enclose the backyard and none of the side yard. So, far our fence style was within the style and size guidelines. One thing you must keep in mind is that these committees don’t necessarily approve your project very quickly. If you want to install a fence by this weekend’s barbecue at your house, that’s probably not enough time to get the approval. Our committee said it could take up to 30 days to approve and that was if the first drawing sent over met the guidelines. So, plan ahead if you want something to be completed by a certain date or by an event you’re having at your house. Luckily, our approval letter can in the mail about 3 weeks after we submitted the drawings.

I’ve never had a fenced yard, but we were getting excited about the ease it will create in our lives with our dogs. The fencing company came to install only about a week after our sod was put in. Our sloped yard was already wet from a rainy weather pattern and then of course, they drenched the sod after it was put in with even more water, so I recommend letting your sod be in at least a month before you have people trampling all over it to install anything in your yard. Our concrete patio was installed prior to our sod being added, so we didn’t have any issues there, but all of those fence materials and men working on installing the fence really took a toll on our new sod. It didn’t destroy our sod, but definitely stressed it out a bit and it didn’t “take” quite as well in certain areas as we’d hoped. All in all, our fence style really added to our home and enhanced the overall look, all while offering ease with pets and extra security.

Have you tried adding a fence to your yard and were you denied by your neighborhood? What kind was it? Did you put it in anyway?

 

30 thoughts on “Tips For Easy Fence Installation

  • October 7, 2015 at 3:58 am
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    I didn’t realize that most neighborhoods have committees you have to get approval from. I was thinking about getting a fence installed in my yard because we just moved in and have a little dog. I will look and see if there is an architectural committee for my neighborhood before I install anything.

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  • October 9, 2015 at 5:53 am
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  • January 6, 2016 at 7:50 pm
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    These are some great tips, and I appreciate your advice to choose a fence that matches the color of the trim of your house. My husband and I just moved into a new house, and the yard doesn’t have a fence yet, so we want to install a vinyl one. The trim of our house is an off-white, so we’ll be sure to find a similar color so it doesn’t appear dirty or aged. Thanks for the great post!

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    • February 29, 2016 at 10:21 pm
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      Olivia, glad you enjoyed the article and we’d love to see a photo of your fence once it’s been installed!

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  • January 6, 2016 at 10:27 pm
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    Thank you for pointing out that sometimes there’s a lot of requirements and permissions that you have to get before putting in a fence. I definitely didn’t know that putting up a fence could take so much planning, and without having read your post, I may have run into some trouble when I wanted to put in my own fence. Now I know that before I get started, I know there’s some prerequisites that I need to check on. Thanks for sharing!

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  • March 2, 2016 at 4:15 pm
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    Thanks for the heads up about putting sod in after the fence. I honestly wouldn’t have thought it would be a big issue. I’m also kind of shocked that you couldn’t get a chain link fence. I prefer wood or vinyl, but I wouldn’t think that the size or type of fence you got would matter so much.

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  • March 23, 2016 at 4:32 am
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    There are definitely loads of details to take into consideration. This is a nice idea to write about.

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  • March 26, 2016 at 12:21 am
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    I’d like to show gratitude to the writer for making this awesome post.

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  • April 4, 2016 at 1:30 pm
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    Good reminder that you may have to get permission to install a fence. These days, even your own property isn’t really your own property so be sure that you are getting the right approval. Thanks for sharing.

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  • April 13, 2016 at 4:29 am
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    I enjoyed every little piece of the post and I have bookmarked your website.

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  • April 13, 2016 at 6:19 am
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    Thanks for spending the time to share this, I love reading more about this.

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  • April 13, 2016 at 7:06 am
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  • April 19, 2016 at 10:56 pm
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    My wife and I are wanting to put up a fence around our property. There are so many things that go into this process that we didn’t realize though and we are trying to get an idea of what to do. This helped a though and I hope that we can get one put up here really soon.

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  • May 24, 2016 at 9:48 pm
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    My husband and I are going to install a fence around our house but don’t know what to look for. Thanks for the advice about not getting a white fence when your house has an ivory trim. I’ll have to keep that in mind and hopefully, we can get a good company to help us pick out and install a fence.

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  • June 17, 2016 at 7:17 pm
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    Good reminder to have your fence approved before installing anything. It wouldn’t be good to have to go back and take it down again after the fact.

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  • July 6, 2016 at 2:48 pm
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    I had no idea that even before you had put the fence in, there was so much to do. I may have to look and see what my neighborhood requirements are, or if we even have any. I’ve been wanting to put a fence in for years now, but I think this summer I’m finally going to try it. Thanks for taking the time to walk me through it all!

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  • October 5, 2016 at 3:39 am
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    I have never heard that the fence contractor needs to get permission from the city to install it. That just goes to show how many fences I’ve had installed. Hopefully, the size and type of fence I want are allowed.

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  • November 6, 2016 at 4:04 pm
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  • November 8, 2016 at 7:15 pm
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    I definitely agree with your tip to let your sod sit for a while before installing a fence. My husband and I recently moved into a newly built home and we want to get a fence in for our dogs. We just laid our sod a few weeks ago so hopefully, we can start the fence building process soon! We have a sloped lawn so I am hoping that it won’t be too much of a problem.

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  • November 10, 2016 at 6:26 am
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    Your bright white fence looks great! A perfect addition to your home!

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  • November 29, 2016 at 3:35 pm
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    We really want to get a fence in our yard, but weren’t sure how to choose one. It’s interesting that you say a fence can be installed in about 3 weeks. Since we are having a company do it for us, it would be nice to have it done in that time.

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  • December 27, 2016 at 8:49 pm
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    Great read for future fence buyers. It’s often a pain, but you have to make sure you know and follow your neighborhood’s rules and regulations, otherwise you’ll be taking that fence down quicker than you put it up. Also good comment on the sod, be patient and wait a few weeks longer to get the finished product you really want!

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