garden fencing tips

A new house can make such a difference to the way your garden and property looks, as well as keeping your home secure and your children safe. The following garden fencing tips were published on and should help you avoid a few costly mistakes if you are thinking of changing your garden fence…

1. Check if planning permission is needed
Before starting any work, you need to ensure you have the correct planning permissions to build the fence you desire. You can find out about the rules that apply to Guernsey on the government website.

2. Explore your property boundaries
If you’re replacing an old fence, you’ll more than likely have the correct boundaries for your property already scoped out. However, it’s always wise to double check you’re not building over your neighbour’s land before commencing any work. Not only might this damage your relationship with the neighbours, but could also mean re-installing your fence as well as paying for any damage caused to their garden. An easily avoidable expense that happens more often than you think.xact boundary, or correct a boundary mistake on a title plan.

3. Plan your fence thoroughly
The easiest way to ensure you don’t overbuy on fencing materials is to plan and measure your fence properly from the beginning. Once you’ve explored your property boundaries, you’ll know precisely where your property starts and ends. From here, you should assess your boundaries and look for any obstructions and utility lines. You may need to plan around/behind trees, while ensuring you don’t damage any underground utilities such as gas, electric and cable lines. This could be costly too!
To measure out your fence, mark the corners with a stake (the corners are where panels meet at a 90-degree angle) and then use string to measure out the entire length of your fence. Measuring your fence properly from the beginning should avoid you overspending on materials, while opening your options for a made-to-measure fence.

4. Use galvanised nails to avoid rusting
When purchasing the materials needed to install your new fence, be sure to opt for galvanised nails. If not, you’ll find your nails rusting a lot quicker than you expect, leaving stains on your fence as well as shortening its lifespan.

5. Research fence post systems
Probably the most important factor when it comes to avoiding costly mistakes. Be sure to research your fencing options! The fence post you decide on will have a massive impact on your costs. Both short term and long term. You need to take into consideration the cost of materials, installation, maintenance, the average lifespan, and durability. From here, you can decide on the most cost-effective option for your requirements.

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