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ChecklistNo matter how straightforward a DIY project is, there are still some mistakes that can be made. Avoid this by clearly planning your steps ahead of time.

Most people would agree that it’s incredibly important to complete a project correctly the first time. The more time you take planning a big project, the better results you will have. Similarly, the more time you take during each step of the project, the better the end product will ultimately be.

Installing a fence is no different. Thankfully, when you order residential or commercial aluminum fencing panels, they come mostly constructed and you only have to worry about installing them. However, there are still a few things you should keep in mind during this process.

Pre-planning mistakes

Before you begin ordering your fencing, it’s important to know exactly where your land begins and the neighbor’s ends. This doesn’t mean just going off of the word of the previous owner or where the old fence is placed. Get the correct paperwork from the municipality and check your paperwork from the sale of the property to ensure everything matches up. This is also a good time to have an open conversation with your neighbor about your plans for a fence. Neglecting to obtain the exact placement of the property lines can cause real problems down the line, up to and including having to re-install the whole fence.

While you’re contacting the municipality, it might also be useful to check if there are any zoning laws you are unaware of. This could include certain rules and regulations when it comes to pool fencing or even industrial and commercial aluminum fencing. If you live where there is homeowner’s association, it would be beneficial to know if there are any restrictions on fences, such as certain colors or heights not being allowed. Failing to know all of the rules of your area could spell disaster if you have already ordered fencing panels in the wrong size or color.

Ordering Mishaps

When placing the order for your fence panels, it is imperative that you have the correct measurements. This is not a time to measure everything once and presume you got the calculations correct. Double-checking each step of the way will go a long way toward ensuring you haven’t missed anything.

If you are unsure whether you are taking the measurements correctly, contact the company selling the panels and ask exactly what measurements you need. They should be able to help with any questions along the way.

Installation difficulties

Installing your fence will most likely be the easiest part, believe it or not! All of the confusing planning measurements and orders will be behind you at this point. One difficulty that may arise is placing your fence on a sloped area. There are easy ways around installing fencing panels on inclines, such as doing a stepped pattern. It’s just a matter of choosing the best way for your space.

Another difficulty is choosing your gate placement. This is something you will really want to consider from all angles and entry points. Think about who will be using the access points to the property to ensure you place them all in the correct spot.

The key to successful aluminum fence installation is thorough planning. With enough preparation and planning for all steps of the process, you are sure to have the perfect fence in the end.