Building a Fence: Why You Need a Survey


You’ve just bought a new house. The movers have come and unloaded the boxes, a new organization plan has been laid, and you’re ready to kick back and relax now that the inside’s done.

The outside is another story, and it begins with a brand-new fence.

When building a fence, ordering a residential land survey is preferable to avoid potential conflicts down the road with neighbors over property line disputes. Arthur Surveying Company are residential surveyors who have been providing Texas land surveys for over 30 years. Call us for step one of the process: conducting a survey to make sure you construct the fence along your property lines.

The second step is to determine how high you need the fence to be. Six feet high is standard for a privacy fence, but what if your neighbors have a structure that enables them to see into your backyard easily, even with that tall of a fence? Check the area around you, including in your neighbors’ yards, to see what height will work best for you.

Next, you will need to check with your HOA to see what rules and regulations are in place for added structures in your neighborhood. Many areas require residents to submit an application with images and/or sketches. You may also have to get permission from the city. The key is to do all your research in advance so you can get started when you want to without any time delays.

Once all that is settled, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to work. There are many aesthetics to consider, such as type of material, color, size, and posts, as well as how many posts you will need for the fence to be as strong as you need. You’ll also need to consider how wide to make the gates–make sure you choose a size that’s functional for you. If you have large lawn equipment to bring in and out, you’ll want to make sure you have plenty of room to get through.

Speaking of planning for large objects, you may also want to consider making one panel removable in case you decide to do something like build a pool or a backyard addition someday. You’ll want to have room for any large trucks or equipment that need to come in.

When you need a property survey in the Dallas area, give Arthur Surveying a call. We’re proud to provide North Texas surveying they can trust.