If you don’t have a fence around your home, now’s a good time to make some changes. There’s an old saying that good fences make good neighbors, and the saying rings true. A good fence helps avoid disputes that destroy relationships. Here are just four of the ways that a fence improves the relationship you have with your neighbors.
1. Reduce Sound
Whether you’re the neighbor who likes to make noise with your friends on the weekend, or you’re the one who enjoys the peaceful tranquility of a quiet weekend, you need a fence around your home. A good perimeter fence will block out the sounds that can create a nuisance and lead to neighborhood disputes.
2. Protect Little Neighbors
If you don’t have a fence around your yard, you could be creating a hazardous situation for the youngest members of your neighborhood, especially if you have any of the following features in your yard.
If your swimming pool isn’t protected by a fence, neighborhood children could be in danger. If you have a swimming pool in your yard, you need to have a fence installed around your yard.
For maximum protection, you should insist on a dual-fence system – an exterior fence around the yard and a smaller security fence around the pool.
If you own aggressive dogs, and you don’t have a fence around your yard, you and your neighbors are at risk; your neighbors are at risk for serious injuries, and you’re at risk for liability should your dogs bite anyone.
To protect your neighbors and prevent your own legal liability, you need to have a fence installed around your yard. You may think that keeping your dogs on chains or inside chain link kennels are sufficient. Unfortunately, when it comes to aggressive dogs, those strategies may fall short.
Your dogs may break free of their chains and roam the neighborhood, or children may still approach your dogs when they’re on chains or in chainlink dog kennels. To avoid accidental injuries caused by your aggressive dogs, secure your yard with a proper fence.
If you store hazardous equipment on your property, such as bulldozers or cement mixers, your property needs to be secured with a sturdy fence. You never know when children are going to wander into your yard and want to play on the equipment. Without proper fencing, you may be liable for those injuries.
3. Hide Imperfections
If you’ve got a few neighbors who aren’t as meticulous about their landscaping as you’d like them to be, block out the annoyance with a nice fence. Alternately, if you’re the neighbor who likes to keep a cluttered yard, a fence will hide the disorder.
Your fence allows you to beautify and enjoy your yard the way you want, and it blocks out what the neighbor’s yard looks like. Not only that, but the fence ensures that you’re able to maintain your own property value.
4. Clearly Identify Boundaries
If you live in a neighborhood without fences, you may not be concerned about boundaries. That is, until you want to make improvements on your property.
Lack of boundaries between neighbors lead to property line disputes, especially where improvement projects are concerned. When you have your fence installed, we suggest you have a survey taken of your property, which ensures an accurate delineation of property lines between you and your neighbors.
Fences do more than make good neighbors; they also enhance your ability to enjoy your home. If you don’t have a fence around your yard, contact us at Mills Fence Co. We’ll come out and show you all the options that are available to you.