FENCING 101

Planning a Fence Installation?

  • When planning any home improvement project, a little prep work can go a long way to ensure a happy, hassle-free outcome.
  • Check with your HOA to be sure there are no restrictions on fence installation or if there are style guidelines in effect for your community.
  • Locate your plat to determine your property lines. You will want to be sure the fence lies within the confines of your own property.
  • Discuss your intentions with your immediate neighbors. They may be considering a similar project, in which case you might be able to pool your resources and share the costs of a dividing fence.
  • Obtain the required building permits. Building codes and local zoning ordinances may restrict your fence installation, both in terms of height and design.
  • Determine your fence style and materials based on your needs and your home’s architecture. Will the fence be purely an aesthetic landscaping feature? Are you looking for absolute privacy? Will it be used to control access to a pool, protect the children’s play area or prevent your dog from escaping? Your answers will go a long way in determining what type of fence is best for you.
  • Lucky Acres Fencing offers free estimates and material samples to help make the process easy. We handle legwork too, such as calling utility locates.  However, obtaining permits (if needed) is the responsibility of the homeowner.

Should I get help or do-it-myself?

  • Before deciding to install a fence, you should have the answers to three questions:
  • Do you have the skills to do it?
  • Do you have the time to do it?
  • Will information and support be available through the installation process?
  • Here is some help in answering those questions-
  • Skills required: The necessary skill level can range from low to high. The skills required vary greatly depending on the type of fence and your terrain. Installing a wooden fence on a clear, level lot in topsoil that is not rocky is a straightforward project that requires minimum skill. Installing an ornamental iron fence with an electronic gate on a sloped property with rocky soil requires a high level of skill. This is definitely a job best left to the professionals.
  • Time required: Time required is extremely variable. What materials will you be using? Chain link, for instance, installs faster than wood. How much space are you enclosing with the fence? Is the terrain flat and unobstructed? Wooded? Rugged? Into what kind of soil will you be placing posts? (Rocks take extra time and effort.) Installing a fence, particularly digging the holes, can be very strenuous work, particularly for a long fence and in rocky soil.
  • Think carefully before you purchase materials and try to do-it-yourself. Should you change your mind and decide to hire a contractor, many will not install a fence using materials that you have provided. The quality of the materials may not conform to the standards set by the company and this type of installation could reflect on their reputation and commitment to their customers.
  • For complete peace of mind, use a professional fence contractor, like Lucky Acres Fencing, to design and install the fence. Too often, do-it-yourselfers miss important steps in the process or do not end up with a finished product that is aesthetically pleasing to all. After all your home is your biggest investment.

What to Expect During the Estimate:

  • When you call Lucky Acres for a free estimate, we will work to schedule an appointment at your convenience. We offer weekday, and early evening estimates. However, if we need to make special arrangements to accommodate your needs, we will work with your schedule. We like to meet with all decision makers if possible.
  • Our sales associates will arrive with material samples, photos, and most importantly, expertise to assess your needs and property for the best solution. They are courteous and professionally trained.
  • You will receive a proposal with a to-the-penny price for your project, good for 30 days. You may sign it immediately or take time to review it. A 25% deposit is required in order to procede with scheduling.
  • Once we receive the proposal and all required paperwork such as HOA documents and permits, management reviews it. The customer is responsible for the HOA documents. Lucky Acres Fencing will call for a utility locate.

The Installation Process:

  • You will be notified of an installation date after all paperwork is in hand, including your 25% deposit. Final payment is required after completion.
  • We are happy to answer any questions you may have during or after the installation process.