Youâve just moved into a beautiful new neighborhood. Youâre excited and nervous. What will the neighbors be like? If youâre lucky theyâll be around your age and interested in the same things youâre interested in. Maybe youâll have them over during the week for dinner or drinks and over on the weekends for cookouts and football games. Maybe youâll be best friends. Or maybeâ¦just maybeâ¦theyâll be AWFUL. Maybe theyâll be the kids who party all night and play their music way too loud. Maybe theyâll have 14 dogs who bark at all hours day and night. Honestly, new neighbors are like a box of chocolates, you never know what youâre going to get. Cheesy but true.
Whether you are friends with your neighbors or mortal enemies, you share a property line which means that you currently or will share a fence in the future. Most of the time there will be few issues. The neighbor who decides to replace their fence pays for the entire project and gets the âpretty sideâ of the fence facing their yard.
Sometimes neighbors will come together and decide to split the cost on a âgood neighborâ fence, which means the panels flip flop facing opposite directions.
Another option for neighbors wanting to split the cost and still have an esthetically pleasing fence is the âshadow boxâ fence. This fence alternates each picket instead of each panel.
Both of these options are great for neighbors who can come to a mutual agreement. But what happens when your neighbors are the nightmare neighbors? Weâve seen it many times. Our customer wants to replace their fence but the neighbor refuses to share the cost of their section and wants their demands met. Are you under any legal obligation to meet their demands? The answer is no, but that doesnât mean you shouldnât be considerate in the process. Make sure to keep the lines of communication as open as possible. Inform your neighbor of the demo date ahead of time so that they have time to prepare for the containment of their pets. People get understandably cranky when their fur babies escape. It takes just a little common courtesy to avoid the Missing Pet posters.
Itâs also a good idea to talk about the project ahead of time so that your neighbors know what to expect from the final product. If youâre ripping out an old fence and replacing it with a new fence that is exactly the same, you shouldnât have an issue. However, this may not be the case if you plan to change the size or quality of the pickets, add cap and trim, or change the type of materials used.
In the end it is always a good idea to keep in mind that you are neighbors and whether you agree or not, you will still have to interact with each other from time to time. Being considerate and respectful of each otherâs time, property, and opinions will certainly make things easier.
Rememberâ¦Happy Neighborsâ¦Happy Life 🙂