One of the all-time great spring and summer projects is building a fence. Fences define your space, accent your home, and can do wonders to dress up the exterior of your property. They are also relatively easy, offer a wide range of design opportunities, and provide lots of personal satisfaction at the end of the weekend. If a new fence might be on your list of projects this year, there are a few preliminary considerations to research prior to buying any lumber: If the fence will be on the dividing line between two properties, do you know exactly where the property lines are? Research city or county property records, talk with your neighbors, and even hire a surveyor if necessary. Are there any restrictions you need to know about? Some municipalities and homeowner's associations have rules about heights, design, materials, and other aspects of fence building, so check with all the local authorities first. Have you talked to your neighbors? There's an old adage that "good fences m...
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