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Serving Northeast Ohio
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Frequently Asked Fencing Questions

Use These Helpful Answers as a Quick Reference

At Budget 1 Fence, we want to make your life as easy as possible. We understand that you don't always have time to make a phone call or do a lot of research, which is why we have listed some of the most commonly asked questions that we receive on this page. If you don't find what you're looking for here, our staff will be more than happy to answer all your questions personally. 

How can I put a fence on my property line?
More often than not, we recommend not placing your fence directly on the property line. We recommend setting the fence approximately 6 inches inside the property line (on your property). This will guarantee that the fence is exclusively yours and is not shared by a neighbor. The exception, of course, would be if you purchased the fence with your neighbor. In this case, you will most likely want to place the fence directly on the property line.

Other factors include city, community, or county setbacks. Depending on these rulings and regulations, you may have to place your fence in a specific area.

What happens if I can’t locate my property markers?
Generally speaking, your property markers are there (they're just buried a few inches under the dirt). Even if the markers are missing, we can usually find the property lines by referencing your plot plan. If nothing is available, you will have to hire a surveyor to relocate the property. This is not an expensive procedure most of the time - the surveyors will have this information on file from the initial plotting.

Do I always need a building permit?
Yes, you do. If you reside within a city limit, permits from the city and county are required. If your property is outside of an incorporated area, you will only need a county permit. This is true (most of the time) even if you are replacing your fence with an exact replica. If applicable, you will also have to check with your home owner's association if they require approval. Budget 1 Fence will take care of all applicable permits as an added benefit.

How can I determine which fence is best for me?
Our experienced professionals can help you determine which fencing may suit your property the best, but you should always start the process by asking yourself several key questions. Why do you want this fence? Is your fence meant to protect your children or pets? It is a privacy fence? Do you want to enhance your property or landscape design?

After determining the specific reason for your new fencing, our estimators will be able to make reliable recommendations that will suit your needs and your budget.

How high should my fence be?
This depends on your specific needs. For protecting children or dogs, a 4' split rail with wire, chain link, western red cedar, or a PVC vinyl picket fence will do the job. If you're looking for a privacy fence, you will want a fence that is at least 6' in height, and possibly a foot or two higher. Something to consider is the fact that once you go over 6', you may have to deal with restrictions from your home owner's association or local government.

How long will my new fence last?
All the fences we offer are constructed using high-quality products, but depends on the type of fence you choose:
  • Chain link (with vinyl coating): 20-25 years without serious rust
  • Stockade wood fence: 12-15 years
  • Western red cedar: 20-25 years
  • PVC vinyl: should last indefinitely (comes with a 20-year transferable warranty)
If I'm building a new house, when should my fence be installed?
The optimal time for new fence construction is right after the final grade is complete but before the seeding and sodding is finished. For scheduling purposes, we would ask that you give us four weeks notice before the installation is required (this means that all contracts must be signed and deposits received four weeks before installation).

Who is responsible for sending notification to miss utility?
We will, as your contractor, be responsible for notifying miss utility before the installation of the fence. However, you will have to locate all privately installed phone lines, electrical lines, and sprinkler systems that could be affected.

How can my new wood fence be protected?
Various products are available for this purpose. Depending on whether you prefer clear or tinted preservatives, paints, or colored stains, the choice is completely up to you. Before coating your wood, we always recommend a waiting period of three months. Allowing the wood to gray naturally is also an option (however, adding coating will add years of life to the fence).

Does Budget 1 Fence stain or paint fences?
No, we do not. Due primarily to scheduling restrictions, we are not able to provide this service. However, if you are using stain or a wood preservative, you can easily finish this project yourself using a standard pump sprayer.
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