This is one of the most common questions we get from first time buyers. The answer: the locating of the property lines is the customer’s responsibility. The industry standard calls for us to put the fence where you tell us. There are two main ways the customer can determine where their property line is. The first is the most common method. The second is more rigorous and costs extra.
1. Check Out Your Lot Plan
When you purchased your house you were given a lot plan. This will have markings and measurements that show where the boundaries of your property are. You can use it to mark out your fence line.
2. Hire a Surveyor
This is not the usual approach because of the expense involved. It’s seen most often when there are disputes with the neighbours and a pro is needed to call balls and strikes. If you believe surveying is the best route for you, we recommend Farley, Smith & Denis Surveying.
We suggest that you mark out your fence line as early as possible after you buy. That way your neighbours can see where the fence is going and there is ample time to resolve disputes that have the potential to frustrate everyone on installation day. Be friendly and proactive with your neighbours, especially if there’s been conflict in the past.
OK, I’ve marked the property line. Where does my fence go in relation to it?
It depends. If you’re sharing the cost with your neighbour we suggest putting the fence right on top of the property line. You’ll each own half and neither side will be sacrificing any real estate to the other.
If you’re paying alone we suggest putting the fence just inside your property line. Especially in the event that there are prior bad feelings with the neighbours. If it’s 100% in your yard it won’t be “the next issue” with the folks next door.