If you’re a DIYer, then you might think that installing a fence will be a pretty simple project. After all, what’s involved besides digging some holes and putting in some posts? While installing a fence may be a simple project, starting without considering the basics could cause you to have some pretty expensive blunders that could cost you.
The reality is a bit more involved than that. Without doing the proper research and following some pretty fundamental principles, you could end up with an eyesore for your property rather than something that will catch the eye.
Before you start any fencing project, here are a few essential tips to help make sure that your project will deliver the results you intended.
Things You Should Do
Any fence project will benefit from the following:
- Project preparation: Before you get started, take the time to do a little inventory to ensure that you have everything you need to complete the job. You should have all the materials and equipment within easy reach. This will make it possible to complete the job quickly and more efficiently.
- Land Preparation: Make sure the area where you’ll be working has been cleared of anything that could get in the way. This type of preparation will help the project go more smoothly and be instrumental in ensuring there are no accidents that could cause injury and derail your project.
- Measure carefully: There’s a phrase that’s common among construction workers, “Measure twice, cut once.” It’s an excellent rule to follow and will help you avoid rushing through the measuring process so that you can get started on the actual project. Remember the adage, “haste makes waste.”
Things to Avoid
Some of the following mistakes could be useful to avoid:
- Avoid trying to “wing it.” Organization and planning are essential to a successful project. Not having a clear and well-thought-out plan in place can result in an end product that may be less than appealing or lacks the function you intended.
- Don’t just push through if you hit a snag. Yes, it can be a matter of pride to see the project all the way through, but if you find that you’re having trouble getting the job done right, don’t hesitate to contact a professional to help you. Making this decision at the right time can save you lots of time and money.
- Don’t skip the corner posts. They may seem unimportant but these posts will support the weight of the fence in both directions. Braces will make your fence stronger so it will last longer.
A Job Well Done Brings Lots of Benefits
A good fence for your property can do wonders. It can not only give your property an enhanced curb appeal, but it can also increase your property value, give you additional privacy, and provide better security.
So, before you try to tackle this type of DIY project, take a little time to create a constructive plan and get organized. That way, you can get the job done quickly and efficiently, and avoid dealing with unnecessary challenges that could delay the job or throw your project off track.