How close can I build a fence to my property line?

We love our neighbors in Tennessee, so much so that we build great fences to keep our great neighbors! Installing a fence directly on top of your property line may appeal to you if you want the maximum area available to play, plant, and relax in your yard. Whether or not doing so is actually a good idea depends on a few factors, including where you live and your neighbor’s feelings on the new fence. In this post, we’ll help you figure out how close you can build your fence to your property line and discuss common concerns related to fence placement and property usage.

What to Do Before You Install Your Fence

Get a Survey

In order to know if your fence is on your property line, inside your property line, or even on your neighbor’s property (yikes!), you’ll need a survey. Your county deed and assessor’s office may already have a copy, or you may have paid for one when you purchased your house. If not, these usually cost $500 to $1000 from a qualified surveyor. While this may seem expensive, it will save numerous headaches in the long run if you accidentally put the fence where it doesn’t belong. No one wants to rebuild their fence or address the issue in court with their neighbors!

Check Rules and Regulations

Your jurisdiction may have laws about how far back a fence needs to be set on your property, which is typically 2, 4, 6 or 8 inches from the property line. Other areas will allow you to go right up to the property line. These laws may depend on where you live; think of a subdivision with large yards where the setback won’t matter vs. an urban row home where those few inches really make a difference! You’re more likely to be permitted to build right on the property line in a densely populated area, but it varies. If you live in an area with a homeowner’s association, they may also have rules about fence placement (not to mention what type of fence you can have in your front and back yards). Check your HOA covenants to make sure you are following the regulations.

If you build a fence directly on the property line, it may mean that responsibility is shared by you and your neighbor according to the law. This is great if your wants the fence too and is happy to split the cost, but if they’re not thrilled about it, you could find yourself in a nasty legal dispute.

If you have any questions about this information, give us a call. 615.788.4461. We will be happy to help you on your next fence project.

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Backyard Play Space Ideas by Fence Kings of Nashville

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They say the child that plays outside is a healthier child. Exploring and having capabilities challenged outdoors helps children grow physically and emotionally. Fence Kings of Nashville wants to help with this! Let us help create an imaginative play area for your kids! With over 50 years of experience in the Nashville and surrounding area, our customers can depend on quality. We have set the standard in residential, commercial and industrial fencing. Our supplies can build whatever you dream! You don’t need a huge yard to create a unique playground for your kids. Just a little imagination! Consider implementing one or two of these concepts in your yard with the help of Fence Kings of Nashville this season.

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Anything with a challenge attracts kids. Particularly multi level climbing spaces are instantly magical. Build slides or other traditional means of play into your landscape or build on the soil to create hills and valleys in your yard.

Follow the Rainbow

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Make a path that leads to a specially enclosed garden just for your littles. Enclose a portion of your yard with a fence or railing where children can explore in their own space. Creating a fun pathway with multi colored pavers or oddly shaped stones for kids to ho around on gives their playspace imaginative play.

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Sand is a soothing sensory experience and stretches the imagination. Nestling up in a sandbox helps one integrate into the garden and nature. How about surrounding the sandbox with a miniature garden to bring inspiration to their sand creations?

Use Your Fences!

Make use of your vertical space in your yard by transforming portions of your fence into a chalkboard, or a climbing wall, or hanging buckets of toys from. This makes your play area less visually obtrusive while transforming a functional element into a creative useful element.

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