Common Fence Installation Mistakes

8 May 2018
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If you have decided it is time to put up a fence around the perimeter of your property, the you want to educate yourself on some of the more common mistakes people tend to make with regards to fence installation that can end up being quite costly. Here are some common mistakes you want to make sure you avoid making if you are installing a fence:

Putting the gates in a bad spot – Put a lot of thought into where the gates go, what size each gate must be, and how many gates you need. You should have the fence installed so the main entrance is in the best location where you, everyone in your household, and your visitors will most likely want to enter. If you have a side gate, then it should be in a location free of excessive brush, hills, and debris. If the fence is going to also go across the driveway, you need a gate on wheels that is more than wide enough to allow your vehicles to easily enter and exit the driveway. If you are going to need to pull vehicles or other large machinery into another part of the yard, then you also want a gate with wheels and of the appropriate size to be installed at that location, as well.

Not verifying the location of any underground utilities – The last thing you want to do is be in the middle of installing your fencing only to find that you have caused some major issues due to damaging underground utilities, plumbing systems, or even septic tanks. Make sure you do all the appropriate homework to learn what is underground in all the areas where you will be digging for the fence installation.

Spacing the fence posts too far apart – While it may seem like a good idea to save yourself a little bit of money by not installing as many fence posts, this can actually cause you some serious fencing trouble down the road. You need to have enough fence posts installed to properly secure the fencing, or you are going to regret the decision when your fence doesn't hold up well. Make sure you remember just how important the posts are, even if they are going to add a bit more to the upfront costs.

Not double checking the property line – You may not know your property as well as you think you do. Many people end up installing fences on their neighbor's yards by accident and end up needing to move the entire fence later on. This will be a huge hassle and will not be cheap to have done. It's much better to take the extra time to verify your property line ahead of time, so you can avoid these problems.

Not hiring a professional – You may think you are a fairly handy person and putting up a fence yourself may sound like a fun project to take on. However, if you have never installed a fence on your own before, then you should really reconsider and go with a professional. In the end, it can help you to avoid many of these issues, as well as others that can cause big problems later on. A professional can also help you decide which type of fencing is best for you and your needs. Wood, steel, and vinyl fencing are all common.