If you practice fence etiquette and bone up on local zoning, you can avoid neighbor disputes.
Avoid fence disputes by practicing fence etiquette – a good neighbor policy. If you follow zoning regulations and share basics with neighbors before construction, you can install a new fence and stay on good terms with the folks next door.
Observe boundaries: don’t risk having to tear down that fence by going even 1 inch over your property line.
Respect limits: fencing companies obtain permits and must know local zoning regulations for height, setbacks and other restrictions.
Follow HOA rules: fencing companies are not responsible for knowing home owners association dos and don’ts, that’s your job.
NICE TO DOS
Share your plans: no one likes surprises, before installing, save yourself a fence dispute and have a conversation with neighbors.
Put the best face outward: it’s common practice to put the more finished side of your fence facing the street and your neighbor’s yard.
Maintain and improve: it’s your responsibility to clean and maintain both sides.
GOOD TO KNOWS
The term fence includes trees or hedges that create barriers. If you have a valid reason for wanting an extra high structure, to block a nasty view or noisy street, apply to your zoning board for a variance. If your neighbors are damaging your fence, take photos and try to work it out with them first, if they don’t agree, take your fence dispute to small claims court.
references: ann cochran, houselogic, nar, donsrealty.net