How to Measure Your Yard for a Fence

Check out this white picket fence. How to measure your yard for a fence.Before you can build a fence, you need to buy the materials. To get the right supplies, you need to measure your yard. If you’re building on your own, you’ll need to measure and plan carefully. If you’re hiring a fence company in Portland, they’ll do the measuring. But, you might want to make preliminary calculations before you call a fence builder. Measuring will guide you in setting a budget and help you communicate with the fencing company.

Here’s how to measure your yard for a fence:

Locate Property Lines

Do you know precisely where your property ends and your neighbor’s begins? You need to confirm the property lines. Don’t rely on a guess. If your fence goes up on the neighbor’s side of the line, it may need to come down. It’s an expensive mistake that happens more often than you’d think. Check county records or have a land surveyor take a look.

Look for Obstructions and Utility Lines

If you have trees or other permanent features, you’ll need to plan around them. Will the fence need to run near the features? In front of them? Behind them? You’ll also need to find underground utilities. These include gas, electric and cable lines. In Oregon and Washington, visit the Utility Notification Center or call 811. The center will notify someone come to your property and mark the location of utilities. It’s a free service.

How to Measure Your Yard for a Fence

Now that the prep work is complete, it’s time to start measuring.

  • Mark corners with a stake. The corners are where panels meet at a 90-degree angle.
  • Measure the perimeter of the area in feet. Use the stakes as a guide. The tape needs to be taut, so find a helper to make it easier.
  • Divide the perimeter by the size of the fence panels you plan to buy. Typical panel sizes range from six to eight feet. The resulting number will tell you how many units you’ll need to fence the area. If you’re building a custom or chain link fence, you can skip the division. The perimeter total is all you need.
Wood Fence

After taking a measurement of your yard, you’ll have a good idea of what to budget for the project. Plan on measuring again if you’re going to build the fence. Once you get into the nitty-gritty of building, you’ll want to mark the spot for each corner and line post. You’ll also run a string between the stakes. If you have slopes and curves to account for, you’ll need more detailed measurements.

Pacific Fence and Wire is a full-service fencing company in Oregon. We’d be happy to measure your yard, make an estimate and build a fence that adds beauty and value to your property. Contact us today to get started!

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Know what type of fence you need

The right fence will add to the existing beauty of your front or backyard. It will also add an extra level of protection to your property. Start researching which type of fencing materials you would like most and which types go with the overall style of your home.

If you need a fence that will be solely functional, cyclone or vinyl fences are good options. If you want something that adds privacy as well as beauty, wood fences are a great choice. A well-constructed fence will add value to your home.

Talk to your neighbors

Before you plan on replacing your fence, make sure you talk to the neighbors that your fence may impact. If the fence is on your property, you are within your rights to build the fence but communicating to them about the upcoming change is a nice thing to do. If the fence is on the border or your property and theirs, you may be able to come up with a compromise and maybe even split the cost on the project.  

While you’re talking with your neighbors, it’s a good idea to talk to your local HOA if you have one, to make sure you follow whatever guidelines are in place.

Determine your budget

A new fence is an investment, so before you make any decisions, it’s important to look at your budget and determine how much you can spend. Fence prices really depend on the type of material you get. Vinyl is a smart option because it requires little to no maintenance over the long run.

No matter what style of fence you prefer, our experienced team of fencing professionals at Pacific Fence and Wire can build a quality fence for your home quickly and efficiently, which means your yard will be ready for you to enjoy throughout the upcoming spring and summer months. If you can envision it, we can build it.

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