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This post is the first in our “How to Install a Fence” series. Stay tuned to learn basic installation techniques for wood, vinyl, and chain link fencing. 

People install fence on their property for various reasons. Basic fence installation requires few tools or specialized skills, so even projects on a budget can be within reach for those willing to take a DIY approach.

Use the four steps below as an outline to help you plan your fencing project. Keep in mind that there will be variations based on your fence materials, style, and yard layout.

Check your city or town’s fencing regulations

Every city and town has ordinances and bylaws. These often including zoning regulations for projects such as fence building. Make sure to do a little research before you begin building, so you know whether you will need to obtain a permit or follow any specific guidelines such as height restrictions etc.

TIP: Condo and homeowner associations (HOA) often want all structures to match, so if you are part of an HOA you will likely have even less wiggle room when it comes to fence style, height, and maintenance.

Be a good neighbor

No one likes surprises. Before installing your fence, be a good neighbor and make your intentions clear to those adjacent to your property. If property line issues exist, resolve them before installation.

TIP: It’s common practice to put the finished side of your fence facing the street and your neighbor’s yard.  

Map out your property line and mark underground utilities

Never estimate your property line – you’ll risk having to tear your fence down later. Study your house line drawing or plat or order a new survey from a land surveyor who can mark out the boundaries. You’ll also need to call Dig Safe, it’s the law!

TIP: Most professional fence contractors install a foot inside the property line, just to be on the safe side.

Request a Quote from AVO for all of your fencing materials

AVO Fence & Supply’s website makes it easy for you to select fence by material, use, or type and submit a “Request for Quote” (RFQ) online. Follow these 4 easy steps to quickly obtain a free materials estimate for any job.

TIP: You can also share images or photos of fence that you like and we can help guide you in figuring out what will work best for your project.

Whether you are a DIY homeowner or a new contractor looking to break into fence installation, you can rely on the fence experts at AVO. In addition to providing you with all of the fencing materials you need at the best possible price, we’ll also provide you with detailed instructions — and we’ll be here if you have any questions!

Are you ready to get started on your DIY fence project? Contact us today or visit us at any one of our 3 convenient locations and we will be happy to assist you.


More than your local fence company. AVO Fence & Supply knows there is always more to learn when it comes to the latest tips,technology and professionalism in the fencing industry. We’re taking that expertise and sharing it here, to help you grow your fencing business. Start planning your next fencing project today at AVO Fence & Supply.

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Andrew Knott
President and General Manager of AVO Fence and Supply