Property Line Disputes 101

When you’re designing a new fence for your home, one of the first things you will need to consider is your property line. Knowing exactly where your property line is will reduce the risk of disputes with your neighbors after your fence installation. Despite your best efforts at following your property line closely, disputes can still happen when fences are involved. Here is what you need to know about finding your property line and dealing with disputes with neighbors when they occur.

Finding Your Property Line

Finding the place where your property ends and your neighbor’s begins can be surprisingly complex. Often, property lines shift over the years, and you may find that you and your neighbor have different ideas about where the lines are located. If you can agree with your neighbor, it can help to make an official lot line agreement, in which you make a legally binding acknowledgement of where your property lines are. Alternatively, you can have a professional survey performed. The surveyor will issue a report that indicates where your property line is.

Talking to Your Neighbor

Often, letting your neighbor know that you are about to build a fence and discussing it can ward off any issues that could arise. Dealing with a potential dispute before your fence installation can help you avoid a lot of wasted time, energy, and money in the future. If you suspect your neighbor could raise an issue in the future over a disputed boundary, get any agreement you make about your fencing in writing.

Settling Disputes

If your neighbor disputes your property line and you can’t come to an agreement, you may be forced to settle the issue in court. During a court hearing, your attorney and your neighbor’s representative will present evidence to back up your claims about the property line. The ideal outcome is for you and your neighbor to arrive at a compromise to keep legal costs down. For example, it could be more affordable to have the disputed area of property appraised and for you to pay your neighbor for it than to pay court cost.

Paramount Fence is committed to meeting each customer’s unique needs for fence installation, and we can help you navigate the process of establishing the right placement of your new fence. For privacy fences, ornamental fences and fence repairs in Chicagoland, call (630) 406-8410.

We're Proud of Our Angie's List Super Service Award!

Paramount Fence was the proud recipient of Angie’s List Super Service Award for 2017. We’re thrilled to hold this distinction because it was earned based on feedback directly from our customers and means that we are meeting the standards of excellence in service that we strive to provide.

Angie’s List awards the Super Service Award, or SSA, to the top A-rated companies within specific categories and markets. To be eligible for the award, companies must have a minimum number of reviews. Angie’s List then selects the SSA winners based on the reviews of customers, selecting the companies with the best reviews within their markets and a track record of excellent ratings from customers.

Paramount Fence is thrilled to have received this distinction from our customers for our fence installation, maintenance, and repair services in Chicagoland. Experience our service for yourself when you need a new fence installation by calling (630) 406-8410.

Spotlight on Variance Applications

All homeowners and commercial property owners are required to follow the municipal rules of land use and development. There are exceptions, however. If you want to install a wooden fence or other type of privacy fence that doesn’t quite conform to your local zoning ordinances, you can apply for a variance or variation. If approved, the variance allows you to deviate from the local rules.

You can find the application for a variance on the website of the Zoning Ordinance Administration. You’ll need to pay a fee and provide details about your property and the red cedar fence you’d like to have installed. There is no guarantee that the Zoning Board of Appeals will approve your request. All property owners located within a certain distance from the proposed land development must be notified first, and they’ll have the opportunity to object if they wish. If your variance request is denied, you can always have your fence installation expert design a fence that conforms to the code, but also fulfills your need for privacy.

Paramount Fence is a full-service company that is committed to providing the superior products and customer care you need to get the most out of your property. Give us a call today at (630) 406-8410 to discuss installing a privacy fence in the Chicagoland area.

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Fence Planning 101

Before you can plan your fence installation, you need to know your local building codes. Check with the fencing company to find out if there are any limitations on the height or type of fencing you can have in your area. While you’re chatting with the representative, schedule an appointment for an estimate. You and the fencing expert can plan every detail of your project—from the type of fence you want to the exact layout.

Watch this featured video to see how the pros do it. This carpenter gives a quick explanation of the differences among ornamental, vinyl, and wooden fences. She then demonstrates how professionals measure out a string line to mimic the dimensions of the fence.

Contact Paramount Fence at (630) 406-8410 to request your estimate for a fence installation at your Chicagoland home. We pride ourselves on top-notch craftsmanship and unbeatable customer service

Lawn Maintenance Tips for Fence Owners

When it comes to improving curb appeal, homeowners have a lot of options. Keeping the lawn watered, fertilized, and clipped is a simple way to show pride in your home. If you’re planning a fence installation, the way you mow your lawn will need to change a little. Ask the vinyl fence installer if the panels can be elevated slightly above the lawn to allow a weed whacker to pass under it. If your fence has already been installed, use the following tips.

Mowing and Trimming the Lawn

Set the blades to a height no shorter than two inches. If your area hasn’t had much rain or the grass looks a little sickly, set it to 2.5 to three inches. Drive the mower in a line parallel to the fence, and get as close as you can without risking damage to the fence or mower. Once you’ve finished mowing, fire up your weed trimmer to take care of the grass closer to the fence. The weed trimmer’s line won’t harm the fence, but you’ll probably go through the line faster if it does hit the structure.

Installing Brick or Stone Pavers

There’s another option for homeowners who prefer to keep their weekend landscaping routines as short as possible. You could dig up a narrow strip of sod along the fence and install brick or stone pavers. Arrange them so that the tops of the pavers are just slightly above the level of the sod. You’ll be able to maneuver your lawnmower right over them, and there won’t be any extra grass to trim right next to the fence.

Growing Ground Cover Plants

Ground cover plants are another alternative for homeowners who dislike using weed whackers, but aren’t interested in investing in yards of stone pavers. You’ll still need to dig up a strip of sod parallel to the fence. Replace the lost material with a little garden dirt, and plant ground cover plants like periwinkle or creeping phlox. Ground cover plants don’t grow too tall, but they’re dense enough to crowd out weeds. They’re also very low maintenance.

Enhance the aesthetics and increase the value of your home by installing a beautiful ornamental fence or vinyl fence. Paramount Fence also designs and installs wooden fences in the Chicagoland area. Call (630) 406-8410 to request your free estimate!

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