If there’s an older fence on your property, your borders have changed or it’s just time for a complete refresh, it’s definitely time to take it down and replace it with something new. It’s always better to replace your fencing just before it becomes useless, or at least prepare to do so. By picking up the best wooden fence posts in preparation for your project, you’ll also be able to prepare to put the other fence up as soon as your first is taken down.
However, before you reach for your hammer and safety gloves, you’re going to want to make sure that you are prepared to complete the job as quickly and efficiently as possible. Some of the things that you need to consider are just common sense, whereas others lean more towards health and safety and any legal ramifications for performing work on your property.
It might seem obvious, but if the fence you’re planning on removing is an external fence, or is bordering another property, make sure that it actually is yours to take out. If you’re unfamiliar with your property’s history, check with your neighbours before removing any fences as it might be that the fence separating your property is actually theirs.
If the fence isn’t yours, the only real options are asking them to remove their own fence so you can erect yours, or erecting yours alongside theirs, although this can often cut your available rear garden space.
Your fencing, particularly wooden fence posts will have been installed between several feet and several inches in the ground, and it can often be difficult to know how far you’ll need to dig to get them out. If any utility companies have performed work close to your fencing in the recent past, you need to ensure that your replacement work won’t interfere with them.
The last thing you want to deal with is getting fined because you knocked out a phone or internet service, or even caused damage to water pipes, whilst working on your fencing.
One of the most important things to consider, when removing an old fence, is how quickly you will be able to replace the protective framing. If replacing with another fence panel, then the best practices suggest that wooden components need to be treated before being erected, so make sure this has been done before you remove the fencing.
Leaving your home and garden exposed to anti-social behaviour is never a good idea, so make sure you can get your replacement fence in place as quickly as possible, without having to skip out on important parts of the job.
Here at Challenge Fencing, we are proud to offer the very best wooden fence posts and panels for homeowners across the country. For more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our professional team today at your local Challenge Fencing branch or use our online contact form today!
Posted on January 17th, 2017 Posted In: Fencing