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A key advantage of aluminum fencing is that you can install it yourself, saving money on labor costs. During the installation of your new fence, you want things to run smoothly so the job can be done quickly and to a high standard. Here are five costly mistakes to avoid when installing your new aluminum fence yourself.

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MISTAKE 1: Putting up a fence that does not adhere to local regulations

Before selecting and ordering your new aluminum fence posts and panels, it is important to check with your Homeowners’ Association for any rules or regulations. The goal of an HOA is to maintain the standards and look of a neighborhood, so it is not uncommon for them to have restrictions in place concerning height, materials, style, uniformity, and visibility. A fence that does not adhere to these standards could need to be replaced, costing you time and money. Make sure you approach your HOA to check for any fence regulations before you begin the process.

MISTAKE 2: Damaging an underground cable

What could be more disruptive (and make you more unpopular with the neighbors) than cutting through an important underground cable during your fence installation? You need to be aware of any underground gas, cable, or telephone lines before you begin digging in your postholes. You should contact local utility companies before beginning the work in order to ascertain exactly where such cables are situated. Cutting through or damaging one can cause major disruption for the neighborhood and delay your project.

MISTAKE 3: Allowing the placement of screws to spoil the look

It is important to consider where you will place your screws during the installation of your aluminum fencing. It is recommended to try to install fence sections with screws facing inside. Failing to do this may mean you are somewhat disappointed when you view your fence from the outside to see screws spoiling its continuous beauty. This is a small point but nonetheless one that could be time-consuming to adjust.

MISTAKE 4: Installing fencing outside your property lines

Failing to make sure you know your property boundaries could cause you major headaches further down the line. Fence footings can only be placed within your own legally established property lines. Make sure you know exactly where these fall before starting your installation. Not doing this could be costly, time-consuming, and have a negative impact on relations with your neighbors. Ask your real estate agent or a local surveyor for documents that detail property lines.

MISTAKE 5: Measuring for your new fence incorrectly

Fail to prepare, and you should prepare to fail – this saying holds true when it comes to measuring your new fencing. Make sure you take at least three measurements for accuracy using a measuring tape or a wheel. You also need to be fully aware of any obstructions in the way, such as tree roots or rocks, as well as the slope of the terrain.

Falling foul of any of these five mistakes could prove costly, time-consuming and damaging for your relationship with those in your neighborhood. Avoiding these mistakes lies in the planning and research work that should be done before beginning your fence installation. Preparing well will lead to a high-quality end product and a smooth installation process.