5 Mistakes Houston Homeowners Make When Ordering a New Fence 

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5 Mistakes Houston Homeowners Make When Ordering a New Fence 

Posted on March 21, 2024 by Lone Star Fence & Construction

Adding a fence to your property can add up to $4,000 to the total value of your home, but only if you do it right. 

If you make certain mistakes, your new fence can become an expensive problem. 

Here are five mistakes some Houston companies make. 

#1) Failing to research the property line.

If you don’t know exactly where your property line is, you could end up in real trouble. If you accidentally build over the line, your neighbor can demand that you rip out the fence. 

It’s best to build the fence just inside the legal line to avoid problems. You can also build right on the boundary, but in either case, having evidence of the legal property line can save you a world of trouble.

#2) Failing to understand permit requirements.

Different townships have different requirements. For example, Houston only requires you to get a permit if your fence is going to be higher than 8 feet tall or if you live within the flood plain. Houston also has certain requirements for fences that are going to be adjacent to intersections.

Sugar Land, Pearland, Friendswood, Galveston, and League City, Texas may have their own requirements. Don’t forget that your HOA may have special requirements, too.

Of course, when you work with a qualified professional like the team at Lone Star Fence, we help you pull the necessary permits and stay within the boundaries of the local regulations. 

#3) Failing to talk to the neighbor. 

Houston residents are, by and large, independent people with strong opinions about property rights. You may be forgiven for feeling like your property is your property, and you should be able to do whatever you want with it.

Unfortunately, an unhappy neighbor can still create a lot of problems. They can take passive-aggressive actions to damage your fence. They can cost money by challenging your fence legally, even if you’re within your rights.

Discussing your fence with your neighbor ensures that good feelings will abound and ensures you can enjoy your fence peacefully. 

#4) Buying the wrong fence.

If you want the maximum amount of privacy, you want a wood or a masonry fence; a wrought iron or chain link fence won’t meet your needs.

Consider why you want the fence, and make the choice based on your needs rather than on the price of materials or any other factor.

#5) Attempting a DIY installation.

If you want a long-lasting, durable, sturdy fence, then attempting a DIY installation will lead you in the wrong direction. If you’re not already a carpenter or contractor, there’s a good chance that the fence will be unattractive. Plus, the cheap materials that come in standard fence kits get damaged quite easily.

You don’t save much money in the long run if you have to replace that fence in two years. Get a long-lasting fence from a fence contractor, and you’ll get to enjoy the results for many years. 

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