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Before You Build a Fence

Things to Consider

Before you start the construction of a new fence there are many important things to consider. What type of material will you use? Who will build the fence? (See “A Good Fence and Deck Contractor – What to Look for?”) What is the best design for your back yard? Will it be completely private or a “friendly neighbour” style? Brandon Glass of B.R.A.G. Contracting Inc. can help you place your fence properly on your lot according to local fence bylaws and regulations. Avoid costly infractions and relocating your new fence. Let’s discuss how you can be sure everything is placed properly so you don’t need to worry.

Establishing Your Property Line

Your first priority is establishing your property line. You will want to know that your property line is clearly and precisely established. Fortunately, in this world of technological advancement, establishing a precise position on the surface of our planet isn’t as difficult as it once was. No one can dispute a property line that is measured by 10-20 satellites circulating above. You can spend up to $3000 for a certified surveyor or you can mark your property lines legally on your own. There are many apps available that can help you place your property lines accurately using your cell phone (Example: Apglos Survey Wizard). The homeowner is legally responsible to identify their property unless that responsibility is clearly defined in the fence builder’s contract.

Fence Bylaws

The next big hurtle is regional fence bylaws. From the point of view of a homeowner, bylaws can be a positive thing. For example, they can stop a neighbour from using chipboard or other inferior looking products as a fence. Or they could prevent someone from building a 30-foot-high fence. Bylaws ensure that standards are in place to keep the whole city looking good, they promote higher property values, and keep people safe.

As a contractor, bylaws need to be respected and construction designs must be made with them in mind. Every city has their own bylaws on fences and decks and although many are very similar, it’s imperative to know what each city expects. B.R.A.G. Contracting Inc. lists many of Southern Ontario cities bylaws on their website. If you hire B.R.A.G. Contracting Inc., you will not need to worry as all their builds are always in line with local ordinances and regulations as well as Ontario Building Codes.

Consult Your Neighbour

When building a fence, it’s important to understand that you are also building a barrier on your neighbour’s property as well. If you want to keep a good relationship, you should invite their opinion and at least collaborate a little about your plans. You may need to compromise if they don’t agree with your design, but you may benefit financially if they like the idea and want to share some of the cost. B.R.A.G. Contracting Inc. is neighbour friendly. They go out of their way to show respect for others property and safety. If you have lost a good neighbour because of your fence, the relationship will not be made worse by using B.R.A.G. as your fence contractor. All their workers are courteous, professional, and tidy.

Call B.R.A.G. Contracting Inc. Today!

Call B.R.A.G. Contracting Inc. today for your free, no obligation quote. You will get a fence built with quality materials. It will be precisely positioned and built by highly skilled carpenters. And your fence will conform to all bylaws and building codes. Don’t wait, orders are all ready piling up this spring. Call today (519) 751-5170.