Communicate with Your Neighbors
If you place your fence on property that you do not own, you risk having to tear your fence down later. For this reason, you will want to double-check where your property begins and ends so that you do not lose your fence. Also, to be on the safe side, you might want to install your fence a foot within your property line.
Explain your plans to your neighbors and they might be more open about your plans. Your neighbors might want to provide input regarding how your fence looks, since they will also have to look at it. While you have the right to build what you want on your property, keeping your neighbors happy will make your life easier. Also, make sure that your fence is installed in a location that does not block your neighbor's view.
Consider the Purpose of Your Fence
Understand the purpose that your fence is meant to serve. If your fence is designed to stop people from walking onto your property, observe how people most often walk onto your property. If the goal is to provide privacy, where your fence will be positioned is where it can best prevent others from seeing onto your property. Also, if you have more than one purpose you wish to achieve, you should consider using more than one type of fence.
Understand the Rules of Your Homeowner's Association
The rules set forth by your homeowner's association will of course play a major role in whether you will be able to install your fence and where you can place it. Make sure that your fence is approved of ahead of time before you have it installed. Homeowner's associations usually dictate the height, size and maintenance required for fences.
Besides non-living walls made out of vinyl, wood or metal, living walls are made out of vegetation. Building codes and homeowner's associations can often cover living walls and there might be concerns over whether the living walls will become overgrown and take over your neighbor's property.
Consider the Look of Your Fence
If you are concerned with how your property looks, you will want to position the most finished side of your fence facing away from your property. This is especially important if your fence is highly decorative.
Place Your Gates Wisely
Consider where people will enter and exit your fenced area. Generally, it is best to have at least two entrances into and out of your fenced area so that there is always an escape if there is an emergency. If you are not certain about where you should place your gates, you should get help from a fencing contractor like Rhino Fence & Rail.