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With land becoming increasingly scarce and more people spending 4me at home, privacy has become a bigger issue than ever. Today, 40% of the workforce has decided to continue to work remotely even after offices reopen and people are encouraged to head back into their buildings.

Social distancing during the pandemic has given people a chance to see what working from home full time is like. And you know what? A lot of people really like it! What they do not like so much is the distractions that come with work from home life and the lack of privacy and security when they send their kids outside to play so they can get some work done. An easy solution to these concerns is a privacy fence.

What Questions to Ask Before Building a Privacy Fence?

Many neighborhoods have them already in place between homes, fencing off sidelines and backyards. But many do not. If you are in the market for a privacy fence, for whatever reason, below are the top 5 questions to ask yourself before you jump in with both feet.

1. Ordinances You Must Follow 

In many cities and counties, ordinances are in place to keep a houses uniform. Rules are also in place to ensure safety for your neighbors. For example, in many places, you cannot have spikes on the top of your fence unless it is a certain height. This regulation helps prevent a simple accident like tripping and falling from becoming a deadly outcome. Before deciding on a privacy fence, check in with your city’s website to discover what fencing ordinances might be in place.

2. Permits You Might Need 

In addition to ordinances, you might have to follow, you might also need permits in order to build. Many cities do not have extra licensing requirements, but few enough do that it is worth mentioning. Especially if your fence is electronic or has an opening and closing gate mechanism. While you are looking up ordinances, check that you do not need permits as well. You don’t want your project shut down halfway through completion.

3. Height of Your Fence 

Think twice about how high and how long you want your fence to be. You don’t want it to be so high that you begin to block out your view of a great tree or the skyline. It may also be a good idea to have your fence shorter in some places, like along the side of your yard, so you can chat with neighbors at your convenience.

4. Property Lines 

Many people think they know their property lines until a property accident occurs and they discover differently. A tree falls during a lightning storm, and you suddenly find you are liable even though the tree was growing on the other side of the fence! For this reason, be sure to have a land appraiser come out and verify your property lines before a major fence installation. Cover all your bases!

5. Materials and Installation for Your Budget 

And finally, check in with your budget to help you decide which materials you will want to use and whether to get help with installation. Of course, you can save a ton of money if you go with a cheap wood or wire fencing with slats and install it yourself. Then again, you can get top quality that lasts if you invest in a high-quality wood or masonry like brick or concrete and have it installed. And then there are all of the other middle of the road options. It will behoove you to do a little research or get a consultation from your local fence company before making your plans.

Bluff City Fence for All Your Privacy Fence Needs 

In the end, if you are thinking about installing a privacy fence, you probably now have more questions than you started with. Bluff City Fence is here to help. We are your go-to fence repair, replace, and installation company in Memphis and the surrounding areas. Our helpful and friendly team is happy to come out and chat with you, check out your property, and offer you a free consultation and quote based on your vision and your budget. A new privacy fence is a major investment in your property, and Bluff City Fence wants to ensure you get the most out of your investment. We’ve got the experience and the commitment to make that happen. Contact us today and let’s get started.