So you are ready to install a fence for your home or business. Now comes the hard part of understanding and knowing the pros and cons of buying the materials and doing the installation on your own or hiring a professional to do the work.
Well lucky for you, we are here to help you narrow down your choice a bit by providing you with some pros and cons of DIY fencing. But first there are a few things you must consider before starting your fencing project.
Do you know your property line? Most people do not know with 100% certainty where their yard ends and their neighbors begins. Before you go to the time and expense of constructing a fence, you will want to know for sure.
Do you have a decent set of skills when it comes to planning, digging, leveling, and construction? If not, you can make the decision right there to hire a pro! If you do, read on…
Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of DIY fencing…
First come the cons:
1. If you are installing wood fencing and want it stained or painted, it can be a longer process than most people expect. The process may take several coats, and the fence must completely dry before it can be installed. Painting also has to be maintained at least every three to five years, depending on the climate.
2. Prior to installation, you may likely need approvals from one or more parties. If your home has a homeowners association, the type of fence you can install will be limited, and you may need to submit plans and fence samples for approval. Additionally, many counties in Maryland require a permit for fence installation. If you are unfamiliar with these processes, additional time will be needed to obtain the proper approvals.
3. Before you dig your first fence post hole, you will need to make sure you have not planned on digging where septic drain fields, plumbing, and utilities are located. Miss Utility (www.missutility.net/maryland/) must be called to survey the property to make sure that public utilities will not be compromised. They do not, however, advise on septic drain fields or any plumbing for sump pumps or dry well systems that are specific to your home. If you have a septic system, it is wise to contact a certified septic company to survey the property and make sure that you are not digging in a drain field area. If you have a sump pump that empties underground and/or a dry well system, you will need to locate your home’s building plans to see where those systems are located.
3. Depending on the size of the property, the type of ground it is being installed in (rocky, clay, or sandy soil) and the type of fencing being installed, fencing can be a lengthy process, even for professionals. If you are doing a DIY fencing project, be sure that you are ready for the time and physical nature of building your own fence.
Now the pros, even if you’re not a pro!
1. High quality fencing products are available for purchase from many fence companies, including Tri County Fence & Decks. We work with top manufacturers like Shoreline Vinyl Fencing to bring you the best products around.
2. You can work and install at your own pace depending on your budget, goals, and abilities. If you find yourself wanting to work in smaller increments of time, you are totally free to work when you wish.
3. If you find yourself hesitant about a step in the process, you can always check online for a quick bit of help. And if you get completely stuck, run out of steam, or decide that DIY fencing is not your cup of tea, contact the professionals at Tri County Fence & Decks and we will be happy to assist you.
Whichever you decide to do – DIY or hiring a pro - Tri County’s team can help you all along the way by meeting your needs from the initial consultation, all the way through to your finished project.