Everything You Need to Know about Property Line Fencing

September 23rd, 2020, 9:00 AM

Know the Facts to Get the Most Out of Any Yard

Looking out on a vast expanse of yard is a point of pride for many homeowners. Buying a house requires years of hard work and planning. This is why making additions, renovations, or changes to property can cause anxiety. No one wants to make the wrong choice for their home. And when so much work goes into acquiring a property, the last thing a homeowner wants to do is shrink the size of their available land by installing a fence that is within a lot boundary. 

Because of this, customers looking to have a new fence installed often wonder if they can be guaranteed to have it installed on their property line. If you're a homeowner looking to install a new fence or upgrade and adjust your existing one and have wondered this, you'll learn quickly that it is a much more complicated question than expected. 

Installing a fence on a property line comes with numerous risks. It is important to do your research, weigh the pros and cons of installing a property line fence, and plan ahead if you wish to pull it off without losing time or money.

Pros of a Property Line Fence

Get the most out of your yard by installing a fence at the farthest possible points.

Usually, the biggest draw to installing a property line fence is that homeowners want to get the most out of their property. So, it makes sense to want to put a new fence at the farthest possible point so as to not eliminate usable yard space. Not to mention, installing a new fence is an affordable way to increase property value and accent just how much usable space is available in a yard. 

Risks Associated with Fences on Property Lines

The case for a property line fence is simply made, but as noted previously, there are numerous risks to weigh before following through with this type of fence installation. 

If a property line fence goes outside a homeowners property and into the neighbor's — even by one inch — there is the possibility that zoning commissions will require that the fence is removed and reinstalled elsewhere. Seeing as fence installation costs are measured by linear foot, the cost of a major change like this can add strain to budgets already spent installing the fence the first time. 

Even if you don't have to remove the fence, if it goes over the property line (or is close enough to a neighbor's land to create a nuisance in their everyday activities such as opening their car doors), the risk of creating neighborhood tension is great. No one wants to live with that. Some states even have "spite laws" — which note that it is illegal to put up a fence for no legitimate reason other than to harass and anger a neighbor — because these types of disagreements can become so heated.


To minimize the risk of losing money, having to tear down your property line fence, or angering neighbors, the professionals recommend getting a surveyor to establish and mark property lines before installing a new fence.

 Additionally, getting property pins to mark the lot will help make the process easier in the long run. Property pins — thin iron or plastic rods staked in the ground to make property lines — are helpful regardless of if you choose to install a fence yourself or hire a fence contractor. 

As a fence contractor, Deptford will help ensure that nothing stands in the way of installing a new fence, even if it is on or close to your property line. We know the ins and outs of state property line fence laws. We will be able to mark property lines based on your land survey and install your fence properly so once it is erected, you can enjoy it for years to come without concern.

Now that you know what needs to be done to install a perfect property line fence, you can move onto the fun part of the project: picking out your new fence.

And of course, if you have any questions along the way the experts at Deptford Fence are here to help!

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