When it comes to replacing your fence, or installing a new one, it is important to plan properly and to ensure that you avoid the pitfalls that can face homeowners. We take a look at fencing mistakes to avoid.
Check if planning permission is required
How do you even know if planning permission is required? Well, in most cases, especially when replacing old for new, it is quite straightforward and you don’t need to worry about applying for planning permission. There are certain situations though when you must consider if this is a factor for you and your land. Planning permission for fences is usually required in the following circumstances:
- If your property is listed or in a conservation area
- If the fence is over 2 metres high
- The proximity to roads and your relationship with neighbours
If you are planning to build a new fence that doesn’t contravene any planning requirements but is on the border of a neighbouring property, it is advisable to have a friendly chat with your neighbours to avoid any potential fall outs. Not having planning permission could be one of the most expensive fencing mistakes that you make if you are forced to take it down after the event. In this instance, it is better to ask permission than seek forgiveness.
Check your boundaries
You may be well versed on where your property boundaries are, and you might be replacing an existing fence however, even when you are replacing a fence, it’s still a good idea to ensure it is in the right place. As good as a relationship you might have with your neighbours what if they were to move? New neighbours may come in and spot something that you had just assumed was not there.
Even when replacing an existing fence, how can you be sure that the original fence was put up in the right place on the right boundaries? Can you be sure that you are on your land and not that of your neighbours either to the side or to the end of your property?
Measure twice – buy once
If you are planning on buying the fencing materials yourself but having someone else install the fence, or even installing it yourself, you need to ensure that you order the correct materials. Overbuying isn’t so much of a problem – you can always take it back if you over ordered but, under ordering, and discovering this in the middle of the build, can be an inconvenience.
Imagine if you can’t find the right match for what you ordered, or if there wasn’t specific stock on that day when you have paid for someone’s time to build the fence. Measure the area thoroughly, then measure it again to be sure. Count how many posts you will need, how many panels and all the other materials you will need – nails etc.
Choose materials that are built to last
If you buy cheap materials, you are likely going to end up buying again in the near future. Pay particular attention to the details like nails – make sure you buy galvanised nails that won’t rust and stain the fence. Also be sure to buy wood that is pre-treated to reduce the risk of rot and discolouration.
Consider close board fencing rather than panels – they withstand much more in bad weather than traditional fencing panels. Replacing one board is much easier than replacing an entire panel. It also looks better too, in our opinion.
Follow the care guidelines
It is important that when you are investing in a new fence that you care for it properly so that it lasts for years to come. Discover more about caring for your fence. Knowing when the time is right to stain the fence, which wood stain to use etc. will help prolong the life of the fence.
For more help and advice about fencing in Swindon, or any of the surrounding areas, we are more than happy to share the benefit of our expertise. Just get in touch with your questions and requirements and we will help you avoid any fencing mistakes on your project.