What You Need to Know to Help Ensure Your Project Goes Smoothly
If you can’t be home, commit to being easily available by cell phone if possible. No matter how thorough you and I may be prior to the start of the project, questions will inevitably arise as the crew gets into the nitty gritty of the actual construction.
And if at all possible, please give us access to your electrical breaker box and alternative indoor outlets, especially during wet weather when GFCI outlets (the ones with the buttons) tend to trip, leaving us without power. We will, of course, remove our boots and prevent any pets from escaping outdoors in the event we have to enter your home to turn individual outlets back on or to access others.
An understanding of property lines and design/height expectations is key to keeping the peace with the folks next door, certainly if you’re sharing expenses on a fence, but perhaps even more so if things are a little tense to begin with. As fence builders, we are not licensed or equipped to survey property, but we can make sure the fence is entirely on your property or perfectly split between you and the neighbor if there are property monuments (markers, stakes) to work with. Bottom line, however, is that we’re going to dig where you tell us to dig.
Individual boards, in fact, even have a specified front and back. This might seem an overly obvious thing to say, but it’s a necessary consideration as you plan the logistics behind neighbor relations, worker access, and the view from your yard as it relates to the view from the street. Keep in mind that under most if not all city ordinances, the front/finished/good side of the fence needs to face the street. Side and backyard fences can face any direction you please if you are the sole paying customer, and as long as workers have the necessary room to build in the direction of your choosing.
Rare is the yard that is perfectly level, and you need to have a clear understanding of how you would like your fence to respond and adapt in the event that there are changes in elevation, especially if pet containment is a priority. This is the area that perhaps causes the most confusion and misunderstanding, so it’s important to have a solid plan going in: