Installing a new fence requires some preparation. Some preparatory tasks are for legal reasons, while others are a matter of safety. Knowing the top four things to do before installation day can help ensure smooth fence construction.
1. Site Survey
Often property lines are assumed, particularly in urban and suburban yards that aren't currently fenced. This isn't a problem if you get along with your neighbor, but if you inadvertently install a fence over the property line and a new neighbor moves in, there may be a disagreement. The best solution is to have a proper survey completed before fence installation so you can avoid this problem. In some cases, a survey is required before receiving permission to build a fence.
2. Mark Utilities
It's imperative that all underground utilities are marked prior to fence construction. Post installation requires deep holes, which can damage a gas or water line and lead to devastating consequences. Your utility company will come out and mark the location of all lines ahead of your installation date if you give them a call. This service is usually performed at no additional charge. Having the utilities marked prior to digging is typically required by law.
3. Flag Sprinklers
For homes with a sprinkler system, the sprinkler lines will also need to be flagged. Fortunately, this is a straightforward task that you can do yourself before the installers arrive. Simply find every sprinkler head in the lawn, which you can do by running the system for a short period. Place a lawn flag at each sprinkler head location. Your installers can use the flags to estimate line locations so they don't dig into the sprinkling line. Even better, this ensures that no sprinkler heads get trapped on the wrong side of the fence, which can be a concern if the fence isn't being installed right along a property line.
4. Move Landscape Obstructions
Certain components of your landscape may obstruct the proposed fence line. Your installer can help you locate which features are likely to cause issues. Once identified, you need to either remove or relocate these obstructions prior to your installation date. This may mean trimming back hedges or completely removing trees and shrubs, which can be planted elsewhere in the yard if desired. It's also important to move lawn ornaments and outdoor furniture that could get in the way of the installers.
Contact a fence installation service for more help if you are ready to put in a new fence.