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Fence Etiquette: Who Gets the Good Side of the Fence?

If you didn’t win the neighbour lottery (and let’s face it – not many do), day-to-day home life can be a little difficult. Things can get a lot more difficult, however, when fence politics is thrown into the equation.

When you purchase a new fence, unfortunately, it’s not going to look identical on both sides; one side will look clean and uniform, the other will have horizontal struts running along its length. The problem is, no matter who buys the fence, or who wanted it in the first place, someone is going to have to live with the “ugly side”.

If your struggling to navigate this minefield, don’t worry, Barnard Fencing are on hand to set things straight.

Should I speak to my neighbour first?

Yes, definitely. Regardless of whether you are best pals or arch rivals, simply going ahead and having a fence installed without consulting your neighbour is bound to end badly. If you are on good terms though, you might even be able to come to a mutually beneficial agreement and – if you’re lucky – split the cost! That said, if installing a new fence was your brainchild, despite the fact that it may benefit your neighbour, they have no obligation to put any money towards it.

Check your property lines

This is absolutely essential before you actually have your fence installed, and could save you a lot of time and money in the long run. This is because you need to make sure that your assumed property line – the line on which you wish to install your fence – marries up with your official property line. If you get this wrong and the fence is erected on your neighbour’s property, you will probably have to tear it down and, if you can face it, start again.

To avoid this, make sure you study your property lines closely and, to be safe, erect your fence a good one or two feet inside the boundary lines.

So, who gets the good side?

Ultimately, if it’s your fence, then it’s your decision. However, this article is about etiquette, and what you should do isn’t necessarily the same as what the law allows you to do. We suggest you face the “good” side of your fence towards your neighbour. Here’s why:

  • It’s simply the polite thing to do, and could help foster good relations with even the toughest of neighbours.
  • From the perspective of a potential buyer, your home will look a lot more attractive with the clean side of the fence facing away from your property. Otherwise, it might look like it’s been installed backwards.

Unfortunately, Barnard Fencing can’t help you solve neighbourly disputes. But if you choose us – no matter what side you get – your fence will look great. Our highly experienced team provide and erect fencing in a variety of materials and styles, so you can find one that suits you. To discuss your requirements and get your free quote, contact our team today.


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