Once you have actually made a decision that you prepare to change your backyard fence, talking to your next-door neighbors can be the most dreadful part of the procedure.

Video Transcript:

So, the number one question that we always run into in fence replacement is, oh, my gosh, are you going to talk to my neighbor? How do I handle this? I’ve got a shared fence line. I don’t know my neighbor. I never talked to them. There are so many different aspects of this question. And it’s funny how, you know, on some other forums, people say, well, if you have the post on your side of chairs, look, that’s a great answer and maybe it’s the right answer. But understand this. If you have dogs or if you have a swimming pool, it’s required in the DFW marketplace that you have a fence. So that being said, if you have dogs or a swimming pool, you own 50 percent of the fence. If it’s a shared fence line that fence falls over. Your pool has access. You own 50 percent of it. What does that mean if the other person doesn’t have money?

That means that you need to do a repair or you need to replace it, but you’re going to that’s going for source. And if you are looking to go ahead and replace your fence anytime soon, I would start by going and communicating with your neighbor and let them know that you’re interested in possibly going to a taller fence or you want into a privacy fence and kind of get a feel if they kind of have the same goals as you. You know, we find out so many times that communication is lacking.

And it’s lacking everywhere. And part of it actually is neighbor to neighbor to most fences. When we were talking about earlier that year, four to twelve thousand dollars, so you know that that one run might be a two thousand or three thousand dollar run. If you get half of that, you get an extra fifteen hundred dollars just for that one side to spend on a new offer of real or something else. So relocation more than anything. And then also saying, you know, is the fence on your property line?

Some Frequently Asked Questions

The general rule that applies in most jurisdictions is you do not need permission from a neighbor to build a fence on your property. However, if the intended position of your fence strays onto your neighbor’s land, it’s a different story.
The rule is that you are responsible for the fence at the right hand side of your property.
If you would like the fence removed, a trial court judge can issue an injunction against the neighborMy neighbor constructed a fence on the property line dividing the land. Do I have to pay for the fence? … In many states, fencing laws require the neighbor to pay the other owner one-half of the fence’s value.
In most states, adjoining owners must share the cost of the fence. That obligation only occurs if the fence is inadequate or there is no fence. There are exceptions: If one neighbour damages the fence, they have to pay for the entire costs of restoring it.
Good fence etiquette means defining your property lines

By law you can’t install a fence on property that doesn’t belong to you. That means going even an inch over your property line may put you at risk of having to tear your fence down.

Who can paint or otherwise alter a fence once it’s up? Only the owner of the fence may make any changes to it, even where the other side of the fence is on neighbouring property. This means that if you erect a fence in your garden, your neighbour must ask for permission before painting or staining their side of it.
As a general rule, fences in rear gardens are allowed to be up to 2 metres high.

In most cases, if your neighbors damage your fence, they are responsible for providing you with compensation. In the case of a tree falling on your fence, their insurance may cover the damages. … If your neighbor has been intentionally damaging your fence, you can sue in small claims court.

Good Neighbor Fence describes a wood privacy fence where the finished side (i.e. the more attractive, smooth side) faces the neighbors property. The homeowner building the fence then has a view of the rails and posts from inside their yard.
Based on several factors such as material and maintenance, installing a privacy fence will increase the marketability of your home when you decide to sell the property. … For example, a fence in the front yard may reduce the curb appeal of your home but a fence in the backyard can increase the value of the property.

*The information above does not constitute legal advice or opinion, nor is it a substitute for the professional judgment of a qualified attorney.