6 Decisions to Make Before Building a Fence

bamboo gateTop Things to Decide On + Research Before Hiring a Contractor

When starting on a fencing project for your Portland home, a bit of forethought can go a long way.

Taking these simple steps before embarking on your project can help prevent any surprises down the road.

Answering these questions can also help your fencing services company in Oregon provide you with the perfect framework to complement your house.


Decide on the Primary Function for Your Fence

While most fences will ultimately serve more than one purpose, pinpointing your primary purpose will help you make important decisions regarding materials and layout.

For example, maybe the main purpose for the fence is to keep your dog in the yard, and the second purpose is to frame your garden. Recognizing the primary need for containing your dog helps you figure out the necessary height and strength of the fence. After you’ve decided on those essential elements, then you can start thinking about ways the fence can aesthetically complement your garden.

Decide on Desired Access Points

Ygate for white picket fenceour fence should serve you, not the other way around. You will want to decide on a few key areas where you and your family will be passing through the fence.

You also need to consider what you will be using the access points for. Will they be just for people passing through? Would you eventually like to fit wider equipment, or even drive a lawnmower or vehicle through? Discovering your answers to these questions will help you decide on the type and necessary width of gates you can install.

You should also decide on the number of access points you want. Our team at Pacific Fence & Wire recommends having at least two. Not only is this practical, but having multiple exit points can also help during emergencies.


Look into the Details of Your Property

blueprints for houseYour residence will have buried electrical lines and water connections. Since these are not visible from the surface, you may need to review your blueprints to find them.

Thoroughly reviewing your blueprints is an absolutely essential step, and should be done in the very first stage of planning, so you don’t accidentally design (or build!) a fence on top of an underground feature such as a water or power line.

It is similarly crucial to figure out exactly where your property line falls, particularly if you want your fence to hug the perimeter. (If the blueprints don’t specify where your property line is, here are a few ways you can find out.)


Find Out If There Are Any HOA or Neighborhood Regulations

white picket fence on sidewalkMany homeowners associations will have policies regarding the appearance of your home’s exterior. For example, there may be a specification about how far a fence has to be set back from sidewalks and property lines.

Certain municipalities will also have regulations regarding home appearance, such as height restrictions for fences. Find these out ahead of time, so you can incorporate them into your design.


Communicate with Your Neighbors

Talk with your neighbors about the project. Many times if you are constructing a fence along a shared property line, the neighbor may be willing to share some of the cost.

Make sure to get any kind of agreement with them in writing. In these cases, it is particularly helpful to be respectful of the neighbor’s own preferences in terms of fence type. You might consider sharing your design ideas with them so they are happy with the final product as well.


Determine Your Budget

calculator for project budgetGetting a rough idea of your budget ahead of time can help guide your selection of materials and the degree of customization you would like. In general, chain link fences and vinyl fences are among the most economical, while wood and steel cost more per square foot.

The most economical fences will have standard 90° intersections and be on flat ground. Special angles or accommodating slopes are customizations that will increase the price.


Quality Fencing Services in Portland, OR

If you would like any assistance with planning for, designing, and/or constructing a new fence for your home, Pacific Fence & Wire would be happy to provide a free consultation. From discussing fence materials to the design itself, we are here to lend a hand. Just give us a call and we can help you get off to the right start on your project. Our number is (503) 233-6248.