When you want to put up a new fence, you might think that all you need to do is call a fence company and have the job done. However, that can lead to some mistakes that can end up costing you money and causing problems between you and your neighbors. Here are a few mistakes to avoid making when you put up a new fence.

Removing a Fence that Isn't Yours

Before you remove the old fence, you need to be sure that the fence is actually on your property. This is not always easy, especially if the fence doesn't go all the way around your property or has been there longer than you've lived in your home. The previous owner of your house might not even know whether the fence is officially on the property.

The easiest way to make sure that the fence is yours to remove is to talk to the owner of the house next to yours. They can either give you permission to remove the fence, or have more information about whether the fence is yours.

You may also need to take a look at your deed and investigate the land description described so that you are absolutely sure that you own the land where the fence is located.

Not Getting the Right Permits

You may think that putting a new fence on your property has nothing to do with your town, but new fences may require a permit from your local building office. Not only that, but there may be zoning rules you need to comply with. For example, your fence may need to be a certain height. If you ignore these requirements and do not get a permit, you may end up having to pay hefty fines and ultimately you may need to tear down the new fence.

Not Calling Utility Companies

It may not occur to you to call utility companies when you're removing the old fence, but doing so is important. Utilities may be running near the existing fence, and when you remove a fence post, you might knock out phone service or other utility lines. If that happens, you may be fined in addition to losing service for a while. You also need to make sure you call utility companies to make sure that your new fence will not interfere with any lines.

Be sure to avoid making the mistakes above when you get a new fence. Consult a local fence company such as Challenger Fence Co Inc for more ideas about how to make fence installation go more smoothly.