Putting a nice fence up around your property is an exciting event. Before you hire a contractor to install your fence, you may want to investigate the edges of your property for anything that might inhibit the work. Here are three common obstacles that your contractor may encounter while installing your fence. If you find that these things are in your yard, it is a good idea to plan ahead and work around them.
Tree Stumps and Roots
Even if the roots of a tree belong to a neighbor, they will cause problems when the posts of your fence go in. The roots will need to be cut back and removed, which could damage the health of your neighbor's tree. You will have to work out a contingency plan with your neighbor regarding the tree and its roots in the event that it is in the way of your fence installation.
If, on the other hand, the tree stump or its roots is on your property, removing it is not a problem, and you can either do it yourself or leave it up to your contractor on the day of the installation. However, it will slow up the progress of the installation, and cost you money to pay him/her and his/her crew to remove the tree and/or its roots.
Your garage sits close to the edge of your property and your neighbor's garage does the same thing on their property. Between the two garages there is a space about four feet or less. It is a tight fit, and your contractor will need to know that in advance. Even if you have only a foot's worth of room, your contractor's crew should still be able to install sections of fence in between, but they may need access to your neighbor's property, so plan in advance for this situation as well.
Getting Equipment In and Out
Sometimes the installation equipment may need to drive over your lawn to get to the section of yard where it needs to go. Clear away anything that might be in the path of small construction equipment and trucks. That way, the installation crew does not have to worry about rolling over or breaking anything important and they can continue about their business unimpeded.
Fencing and Abutting Properties
Sometimes a property abuts up to an asphalt parking lot for a business. If this is true of your yard, you will have to make a special request of that business to disallow customers to park there on the day of your fencing installation. Hopefully, the business owner will be understanding and cooperative, because damage to customer vehicles is just not an option. You can also discuss this special problem with your contractor, like those at American Secured Fence, and help brainstorm ideas on how to make this easier.