A new fence can provide added security, privacy, and aesthetics. However, it is always a good idea to plan ahead as there are several factors to consider. Keep reading to learn what you should take into consideration before you build your new fence. 

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Talk to Your Neighbors
Even if you are staying within your property boundaries and operating in accordance with building codes, you should always talk to your neighbors before you put up a new fence. Your new fence will affect your neighbors’ property as well as your own, so it is important to discuss these potential changes with neighbors on either side as well as across the street from and behind your house. Certain types of fences will impact your neighbors more than others; for example, solid fences may prevent sunlight from entering your neighbor’s yard, while a smaller picket fence will not make as much of a difference.

Check Your Codes and Boundaries
When it comes to building a new fence, it is important to make sure that you abide by local building codes. Building codes may regulate several different aspects of your new fence including its maximum height as well as information regarding setbacks and easements. You can find out about building codes by visiting your town hall or local zoning office. You must also determine exactly where your property lines are so you can be sure that you are building on your own property. You can learn this information by inspecting your plot plan or survey.

Choose Your Fence
Before you build your new fence, you must decide what type of fence you are looking for. It helps to consider the reason you want a new fence. Different types of fences are better suited for different purposes; some may offer privacy and security, while others may mark boundaries in an aesthetically pleasing fashion.

Are you planning on building a new fence? Contact Paramount Fence or visit our website. We provide the Chicago area with high quality fences made of cedar, aluminum, vinyl, and more. Please call us at (630) 406-8410 to find out more about our services.