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Fencing How To

When you think fencing, you probably think property boundary.  But a fence can be used for multiple purposes.  For example to maintain privacy, enclose animals, screen garden work zones or keep out wildlife.  There are also many different fencing materials available.
Whatever your purpose, fencing is a long term investment.  So put some careful planning and patience in for a result that stands up over time.

Get organised

The two main things to consider are where the fencing will be located and what it will be made from.  Will you need back, front and side fencing?  Will all the fencing be built from the same material?
Some popular fencing types include:
  1. Picket
  2. Paling
  3. Steel
  4. Brick
  5. Board
  6. Rural wire
  7. Federation Wire
  8. Horizontal Slat
It’s best to be in agreement with the neighbours.  So talk with them about the fencing project.  Try and reach an agreement on the work needed, fencing options, contractor and cost.

Sometimes this doesn’t work.  There are methods in each state and territory to escalate a fencing dispute and gain a resolution.

Get permission

Fencing regulations vary from state to state and council to council.  In some cases you will need to get council approval to build a fence.  The requirements could include any of the following:
  1. material the fence may be constructed from
  2. allowable height (often this varies for property front, side, rear or corner)
  3. fencing style may be governed by estate or heritage conditions
  4. pedestrian safety, obstruction to drivers vision and drainage issues

Choose a Fencing contractor

First, get several quotes from reputable, reliable fencing contractors.  If you don’t know where to begin, ask friends or family for a referral or the Master Fencers' Association (MFA) may be able to help.  MFA membership identifies a professional fencing contractor.
To accurately compare quotes, be sure you’ve been quoted on similar work, materials and service level.  Other things to ask before you decide on a contractor are:
  1. when can the work start
  2. do they carry insurance
  3. who will be completing the work
  4. will any rubbish be removed
To ensure you get what you want, fencing work should not commence until a contract is signed.  Don't be afraid to ask questions - make sure you understand what you’ll get for your money.

To ensure the installation of your fence is quick and hassle-free, clear the working area of any obstructions.  Also, ensure you have a good idea of the position of underground services such as electrical and telephone cables & water, sewerage, drainage and gas pipes.

It is best to advise the fencing contractor, so there are no expensive mistakes or accidents.
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