Tips and Advice for Tearing Down an Old Fence

Old Fence

A nice white washed fence will do a lot to enhance the appeal of your home but an old dilapidated, gray fence will not do your resale value any favors. Tearing an old fence down is a relatively simple project that you can probably do in a weekend, depending on its size. But before you start swinging your sledgehammer, you need to do a little bit of planning. Just to keep yourself safe and make sure you don’t miss any details.

Before you begin to demolish your old fence, follow these steps:

  1. Old fenceIf you just moved into a new house and your property has a fence already on it, it doesn’t always mean you own it. Fences are a bone of contention for many neighbors. When the previous homeowner built their fence, they should have verified that the fence was on their property but mistakes happen. You can’t depend on the previous owners doing the proper research before building. So before you begin removal, make sure that you own the fence and all of the property it crosses over. If some of it belongs to your neighbor then you will either have to get their agreement before demolishing the fence or just erect your own fence farther back on your own property.
  2. You should always contact your utility companies before installing or tearing down a fence. If the fence has been there for a long time, the utility company may have run lines near it that you could damage when you start removing posts. If you don’t contact your utilities, you could end up knocking out the electrical service for your neighborhood and that always results in a hefty fine.
  3. When it comes time to remove the fence posts you may want to hire a professional fencing contractor. Fence posts are usually anchored in concrete so they are heavy and unwieldy. If you do not know what you’re doing you could easily hurt yourself or cause accidental property damage.

At FenceWorks of Georgia we can help you with demolition and new fence installation.  Having a professional fence contractor to help you with tearing down and old fence will make sure that the job is done safely and correctly. Give us a call today for a FREE quote on fence installation and demolition today.