Improvements you add to your property and home can increase your property value and also provide you with a better use of your home and land. Adding a fence is no different, as it provides you with privacy in your backyard and keeps your pets and children safe playing in the yard. But before you build a new fence on your unfenced yard, make sure you proceed correctly to make the most out of this improvement. Here are some tips to help you successfully improve your home and property with a privacy fence.
Know Your Property Boundaries
A fence around your backyard will traditionally be built along your property line. This ensures your new fence surrounds all your property and also makes sure you don't build your fence on your neighbor's property. If you don't check your property line and build your fence on your neighbor's property, they have a legal right to tear it down. There is also the possibility they may take legal action against you, especially if you proceed to build any structure on their property as well.
When you hire a surveyor, be sure you have a copy of the deed to your house, as this can be required before they can complete the survey. Shop around with a few survey companies to find one that provides the best service for the price you will pay.
Your property survey will make sure you know exactly where your property boundaries are as the surveyor will plot out the property lines and mark the corners of your property with property pins or locates at the corner points so you can build your fence in the proper position.
In addition to giving your right measurements to build your new fence, the surveyor should next file the survey map with your local property records office. Having a new and correct survey on file will also be of benefit to you if you need to sell your property anytime in the future.
Consider Soil Slope
After you have a proper land survey, you can begin plotting out where you will install your fence posts and build your fence. If your property line runs along a slope, you can still install a fence, it just depends upon how you want the fence to look and how steep your slope is.
Once you have run your mason's line between your stake points, marked the ground with chalk, and dug holes for and installed your fence posts, you can decide how you want to install the fence rails. On a slope, you can either install the rails to be evenly parallel with the ground with a contour fence. This works well for steeply sloped land. Another option is to install the fence rails to be horizontally level and proceed in a set of steps between each post. This type of hillside fence works well on lower-sloped fences.
Contact a provider of ALTA survey services for more information.Share