So, you’ve finally decided to get rid of that rickety old worn down wooden fence and install a gleaming new PVC fence, wood fence, ornamental iron fence, or chain link fence instead. Great! But there’s still a bit more to do.
One of the biggest and most common mistakes homeowners make when preparing to get any new major addition to or renovation of their property is, well, a failure to prepare at all. After all, you’re not the one actually installing these items, so surely it’s best for you to just leave things as they are and get out of the way? Wrong. The fact of the matter is that preparing your property is an absolutely essential part of most home improvement projects. Let’s explore a few tips to keep in mind when preparing your property for fence installation.
For starters, you’re going to want to take into account all the different utilities which may be impacted by the installation of this new fence. Are there any gas or electric pipes or fixtures in the area in which your new fence will be installed which may in turn be adversely affected by the work being done? Coordinate with your fence contractor to ensure everything is being done safety and effectively. Your best option is to address these issues before installation begins to avoid any delays. This may mean anything from turning things off – especially in the case of water – to informing the workers upon their arrival so they can proceed with the appropriate degree of caution.
Talk To Your Neighbours
You’re also going to want to inform your neighbors as to the work if it’s going to impact their lives or – especially – their yards. If, for example, the workers are going to be erecting a fence on the boundary between your property and theirs, you’re going to want to let them know so they’re not totally shocked when a group of workers are straddling the property line, with all the debris and noise which that might entail. This is simply a good idea from an etiquette standpoint, and definitely worth remembering.
String a Line
If you feel that your property might, for whatever reason, make it hard for workers to install the fence in a straight line, you’re going to want to use string to lay out an outline of shorts to aid the workers. And, of course, you’ll want to turn off your sprinkler system so as to avoid the workers accidentally setting them off, or else having them go off on a timer while work is being conducted.
Ask your fence contractor if there are any specific concerns they have about your property. You may be able to lend a helping hand, or sit back sipping lemonade while they get started on the hard work.
These are just a few things you should consider before fence installation begins. Whether you are installing a brand new PVC fence, wood fence, or iron fence, it will be just a matter of time before your property is looking better than ever. Get in touch if you have any questions before work begins!