When installing an Indiana privacy fence, or any type of new fence, you should always consider the effect it will have on your neighbors. Proper fence etiquette will help ensure that the experience is enjoyable for both of you. In this article, we’ll go over a few aspects of fence etiquette to think about before starting construction and take a look at the many options you’ll have when using Mr. Fence to build your new Indiana residential fence.  Continue reading below for some neighborly fence tips!

Know the Rules

The first fence etiquette tip is to understand your neighborhood rules and local zoning laws. If your neighborhood has a homeowner’s association (HOA), you will need to read the fine print. Become familiar with their fence regulations, such as fence height, materials, and even color choices, before making any decisions about constructing your Indiana privacy fence.

There are likely some local zoning laws as well, even if you don’t live in an HOA, that may influence the construction of your new fence. For example, a house on a corner lot may be limited from having a tall fence in the front yard because it could interfere with the view of traffic approaching the intersection. Although your fence contractor may be familiar with local regulations, it is not their obligation to ensure that your new fence complies with every municipal ordinance or HOA rule. 

Respect Property Lines

Another important fence etiquette tip to remember is to make certain that your new Indiana residential fence is built inside your property limits. Even if you’re certain of where your property ends, it’s respectful to your neighbors to double-check, and can also ward off any future disputes on that topic. Although you could hire a qualified land surveyor to stake out your property boundary before installation, that’s probably unnecessary, as most counties now offer online maps that you may use to locate your property border. If you are unsure about where your property begins and ends, you should contact your local county recorder or assessor’s office. 

Open Communication 

The next and probably most important neighborly tip is to keep an open line of communication with your neighbors! As a member of a neighborhood community, it is always important to consider the impact that changes you make to your property may have on the surrounding homeowners. Although you are not required by law to notify them, it is a simple courtesy to discuss your plans with those who will be affected. This allows you to avoid any surprises or potential disputes in the future. Who knows- you might be pleasantly surprised to find out they may be willing to share the cost of the project!  

Be Neighborly With a Good Neighbor Fence

Another core component of fence etiquette involves the placement of your fence. One side of the fence may appear more attractive than the other, depending on the type you decide to build. Facing the finished side of the fence, also known as the “good” side, toward the street and your neighbor’s yard is usually common practice.  However, another option to consider would be to install a neighbor-friendly fence that appears finished and attractive on both sides of the property line, like an Indiana privacy fence in either wood or vinyl. Check out the many Indiana residential fencing options we offer at Mr. Fence that look great from either side. 

Maintenance is Your Responsibility

The last tip we have for you to practice being a good fence neighbor involves fence maintenance. A fence requires regular upkeep, just like any other part of your home, to remain both safe and appealing. Various materials can impact the maintenance requirements of your fence in different ways. Whereas a fence made of wood will need regular cleaning and re-sealing, a vinyl or aluminum fence requires far less care and attention. Don’t forget – you are responsible for maintaining both sides of the fence you install. If your fence begins to age or starts to lean, it’s up to you to have it repaired or replaced.

Types of Indiana Residential Fencing

When deciding which fence types will meet the needs of your home and family, as well as keep you in good standing with your neighbors, Mr. Fence offers a variety of residential fence options to choose from. 

An aluminum fence offers durability and elegance as well as being a low-maintenance, worry-free option. Vinyl fencing is another Indiana favorite and can be styled in a variety of ways. Mr. Fence has numerous ActiveYards vinyl fencing options, as well as BLACKline black vinyl fences. Check out our classic, customizable wood fencing options that are sure to equally please both you and your neighbors, as well as our chain link fencing options that are both affordable and dependable and come in many new decorative styles that are great for Indiana residential properties.

Ready to Get Started With a Reputable Indiana Residential Fencing Company?

Whichever fencing option you choose, you can count on Mr. Fence, a reliable Indiana fence company, to help you with all of your fencing needs! We’re here to help answer any questions about all the ways you can be a good fence neighbor! Please reach out to our fence professionals with any questions at (812) 425-3550 or contact us online for fast, friendly service!