Whether you’re moving into a new house or you’re just looking to upgrade your existing fence, the entire project requires a decent amount of planning and preparation before you can begin. Other than choosing the kind of fence you want to be installed, there are preliminary considerations to keep in mind before you break ground. Here are a few common mistakes that should be avoided:


Not Knowing Exactly where Your Property Lines Are


Building a new fence is much easier when you have permission from your neighbour to begin the installation. It reduces stress knowing that your neighbour approves of the project; however, that’s not all you need to know before you start. Make sure that you check your home property lines before you begin building your fence because even if your neighbour approves, should they ever move and a new family moves in, you may be forced to take down the fence at your expense. When you purchased your home you received a Certificate of Location detailing your zoning rights. If you cannot find it, contact an Ontario Land Surveyor for land confirmation.


Not Calling in A Utility Company


If you’re going to build your fence, it is imperative that you reach out to your local utility company to ensure that you do not rupture any pipes or electrical lines underneath the ground. Unless you’ve had the dig approved, you cannot begin digging in your backyard. Determine the areas in your yard where you plan on digging and then contact Ontario One Call at, 1-800-400-2255 at least five days before you start the installation. Digging without permission is not only illegal, it could also be harmful to you and your neighbourhood if you puncture an electrical line or gas pipe.


Choosing A Poor Location for Your Fence Gates


Before you begin building your fence it is paramount that you verify where you want your fence gates to be placed. Sadly, many independent builders plan out the blueprints for their fence but fail to consider where their gates will go. Before you build your fence, take the time to determine the best possible location for your fence gates. Typically the finger and latch catch are on the side of the gate nearest the house, with the hinges on the far side. This way as the gate is opened a full view of your yard is gradually revealed. The alternative is a cramped view of the fence line.


In Summary:


Building a fence isn’t a spontaneous endeavour. It should be carefully planned to prevent losing money or possibly getting in trouble with the law. You cannot build your fence without a proper understanding of your property lines or if you have not yet reached out to Ontario One Call for digging authorization. To prevent regret after setting up your fence, ensure you plan for the location of your fence gates in advance.