How to get HOA approval for the fence you want.

Posted by Michelle Goodwin

Thu, Feb 12, 2015

HOA APPROVAL FOR FENCES

The rise of Home Owner Associations inrecent years has seen exponential growth. Before you rush out to install the fence of your dreams, here are some tips of the trade from a Residential fence expert on the possible pitfalls of building that beautiful new fence installation.

One of the biggest mistakes homeowners can make when installing a fence is not checking to see what the by-laws of their Homeowners Association (HOA) require.

You can't assume that what your neighbors have previously done with their fence and yard complies with your particular HOA regulations.

Even though a neighbor might have an admirable fence enclosure or gate dows not mean doesn't mean that your HOA approved that particular fence installation.
We can recall a particular job where a customer scheduled an install for a chain link fence, and as it was in progress, the customer paniced as the HOA just informed her that absolutely no chain link was allowed in their community. Several adjacent yards that had previously used chain link enclosures prior to her request were ordered to remove them and seek other fence options. It turns out that residents were only approved to have wood, vinyl and ornamental aluminum fence in that neighborhood.

We can recall a particular job where a customer scheduled an install for a chain link fence, and as it was in progress, the customer paniced as the HOA just informed her that absolutely no chain link was allowed in their community. Several adjacent yards that had previously used chain link enclosures prior to her request were ordered to remove them and seek other fence options. It turns out that residents were only approved to have vinyl and ornamental aluminum installed in that neighborhood. 

 
In another instance, a customer submitted her information to the HOA weeks in advance. Due to othe fact that she had not heard from the HOA, she assumed that the fence was approved. So, she went forward with the installation. The HOA later stated that they never received her request. The customer then was ordered to redo her fence structure according to her neighborhood's HOA standards, and have the style she selected approved by them.  

HOW TO AVOID COSTLY HOA FENCE INSTALL MISTAKES

Typically, a HOA can take anywhere from one week to six weeks to approve your fence project. Generally speaking, you have to to get the HOA's approval whenever you do anything to the exterior of your residence. This can even include painting and landscaping.

Many HOA ordinances and rules prevent you from constructing chain link, split rail, or wire containment fences because they are not aesthetically appealing. If you install a fence without HOA approval, you can almost be sure you will have to tear it down or face serious fines, as well as aggrevation and time consumption.

THE FOLLOWING ARE
SUGGESTIONS FOR
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HOA APPROVAL
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1.     Read the regulations provided by the HOA thoroughly. Make sure that you have the most updated version. Call the HOA president or another board member with all questions you have regarding the specific regulations. Document the date and time of call, the name of the person with whom you spoke with, as well as what was said during the conversation.

2.     Make notes on what you want to communicate in your letter to the HOA. In your correspondence try to anticipate any questions the HOA board may have about your project. Always include possible solutions to any problem you think the board may have with your planned project.

3.     Enclose blueprints, pictures and project drawings. Also, be sure to include the specific dimensions of your project and any other pertinent details in your letter. Include images or colors of the materials you will be using. Be clear and precise so your letter will be easily understood.

4.     Make copies of your letter to keep for your records. Mail your request to the homeowners association. Be sure you have included the best ways for members to contact you, such as giving them both a home and work telephone number.

5.     Follow up on your letter if you are not contacted within a week after mailing. Confirm your letter has been received and ask for a date by which the board will render a decision on the plans for your property.

6.     Appeal for a variance if your request is denied and you still want to pursue your plans. An appeal hearing may then be scheduled during which you can present your case to the entire board. You can enlist the support of your neighbors to help bolster your argument.

Be sure to get the approval of the HOA first. It is not up to the fence contractor to find out the rules and regulations or to get approval of the HOA for your project. That being said, a longstanding and professional fence company will gladly help advise you in this process and should go out of their way to help you with your installation concerns.  

They can also supply you with fence samples and pictures of existing installations to help you get the approval of the HOA before starting construction so you won't be on the fence with your Home Owners Association.

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Options for Commercial Access Gates and Fence Solutions

Posted by Michelle Goodwin

Thu, Jul 03, 2014

A Professional Fence Company should have a variety options for Commercial Gate applications. The gate systems are designed to restrict unwanted entry and ensure the protection of assets and employees. Gate systems are designed to work efficiently with repeated mechanical use in any setting. Hurricane Fence Company offers the latest in Commercial Gate System trends and technology in a plethora of scales and styles. These maneuverable fence barriers can be engineered to meet the needs of everything from small Residential Secured Access to the most complex structural demands.

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How to choose the fence option that suits your personal needs

Posted by Michelle Goodwin

Fri, Jun 20, 2014

Perhaps the best reason for putting up a fence isn't practical, it's emotional. A fence encloses your territory. Fences and walls really help make home feel special, separate and your own, like a haven and a sanctuary.



AN OVERVIEW:

A fence is more than just a barrier. Used in imaginative ways, it can become an architectural feature that blends well with the style of your house, a landscape element that enhances the appearance of your property, or an accent piece that helps define a part of your yard or garden.In The Fence Bible hands-on home improvement expert Jeff Beneke provides an in-depth, comprehensive how-to encyclopedia that enables homeowners to choose and build the fences and gates that are best for their landscape—both for appearance and function.Beneke suggests the appropriate types of fence to keep the swimming pool secure, confine the livestock, keep deer away from the garden, or create outdoor living spaces. He then discusses the essentials of proper fence design and provides step-by-step illustrated instructions for planning, building, maintaining, and repairing any style of fence.

Here's what goes into planning, designing and buying a fence and the materials to build one.

Privacy, security, curb appeal, noise reduction: The benefits of residential fences are numerous.There also are plenty of practical reasons for a fence. "The place I always suggest starting with (is) function," says Jeff Beneke, author of "The Fence Bible." 
Here's a look at what fences can do and how you can build or select the right one for your budget. 
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The first step is determining what you want your fence to do. Fences serve many purposes, including:
  • Security Fence: Even a fence only 3 feet tall can help deter prowlers, says Chris McGoey, a security expert in Los Angeles. "It is psychological," he says. "A fence denotes a property.
    It says, 'This is my house, my property.' People are going to be reluctant to step over that fence. Even a small boundary fence will discourage people from cutting across your yard.

  • Privacy Fencing: Living your life shielded from the prying eyes of others is a luxury of private property. A high privacy fence, tastefully built, can give you room to let down your hair, no matter how small your deck or yard.

  • Decoration: A well-designed, professionally installed fence will frame your home and add tremendous curb appeal. It may also enhance your property value, depending on your neighborhood and the fence's design and quality.

  • Boundary: It's a good idea to define your boundaries, especially if you own a small lot. A fence prevents neighbors from encroaching on your property.

  • Safety: A fence offers peace of mind. They keep small children and pets safe from strangers, traffic and hazards such as swimming pools, high bluffs and ravines.

    Garden protection: Just as a fence holds in your pets, it keeps stray animals and other pests from digging and defecating in your yard. Properly constructed, fencing around a vegetable or ornamental garden also can protect precious plants from foraging deer and rabbits.

     

  • Weather protection: Snow fences keep drifts from growing too large. A protective fence lets you enjoy a garden or deck in a windy area; Beneke says he likes a louvered fence for taming a windy patio.

  • Noise: A privacy fence can buffer some noise. Wood blocks noise better than most fence materials. Planting a hedge or other tall vegetation in front of the fence helps buffer noise even further. For serious noise protection, professional fence specialists offer noise-buffering blankets that can be pulled tightly over any fence. Costs for these products start at about $12 per linear foot for a 6-foot-tall fence.

    The most effective fence for dulling sound is a tall, custom-built fence of foam-filled aluminum or composite, says Chris Policastro, vice president of operations at Production Fenceworks in Atlanta. This kind of fence costs $60 to $300 per linear foot for a 6-foot fence. 

  • Cosmetics: Trash cans? Propane gas tanks? The neighbor's trampoline? A large or small fence may hide it. It's like putting makeup on a pimple, Beneke says. Planting a vine or shrub in front of it makes it even prettier.

Cost and Planning

Once you have a list of your fencing needs, take your specs to a professional fence contracting company and talk it over with experts. Even if you build your fence yourself, it helps to bounce ideas around and ensure you have the right expectations for your fence materials, design law and specifications in your individual rural, suburban or urban location.

Here's a scenario: Farmers who've built 6' high enclosures soon learn that deer can jump 8 feet. To remedy that issue take into account that an overhanging extension or one of the deer-fence ideas from Leonard Perry, extension professor at the University of Vermont, may be a viable solution.

In another scenario, Homeowners have installed chain-link and vinyl fences only to finding out that their homeowners association (HOA) bans them. So make sure you arm yourself with knowledge going into your fence project.

Fence costs can sometimes be steep. A lot of material and labor is involved. But costs always vary depending on your preffered materials and style. You can cut fence costs by and by choosing local species of wood. Get a couple estimates, look at thheir websites and credential when selecting a contractor.

Beneke, a proponent of doing it yourself, nevertheless says he warns against getting into a job that's too big for your skills or your time. Building a fence is a big job, and you deserve to have a fence that fits you and your needs.

(TO BE CONTINUED NEXT WEEK'S FENCE POST: PART 2: A FENCE THAT FITS: BUILDING THE RIGHT FENCE FOR YOU AND YOUR BUDGET.


Sources: MSN.com, The Fence BibleMore on residential fences
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Va. Fence Law: Who's Actually Responsible for the Cost of My Fence?

Posted by Michelle Goodwin

Fri, May 09, 2014

As the weather warms, Virginian's are beginning to make their outdoor wishlists. If you're thinking of installing an above or in-ground swimming pool or trying your hand at urban or rural farming, the majority of the information in this article will greatly help you in understanding the ordinances, cost and responsibilities surrounding your 2014 outdoor projects. And—you might have to spend less than you think.

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CEDAR OR PRESSURE TREATED: WHICH KIND OF WOOD IS BEST FOR MY PRIVACY FENCE?

Posted by Michelle Goodwin

Mon, Apr 28, 2014

Spring is on the horizon, and with the new season comes an influx of new trends in fencing (see more here!) Wood fences are beautiful, no doubt, and (pvc) vinyl fences even come with simulated options making man-made materials look and feel nature based. 
In Virginia, cedar wood and pressure-treated pine are two of our top-selling residential fence types this time of year. Eighty percent of all wood fencing is composed of either pine or cedar wood. Below are various residential fence solutions available throughout the United States.

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FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION: DO SNOW FENCES STILL SERVE A PURPOSE?

Posted by Michelle Goodwin

Fri, Apr 25, 2014

Form Follows Function: Do Snow Fences still Serve a Purpose?

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Choosing between Vinyl (PVC) and Aluminum Fence: How do they compare?

Posted by Michelle Goodwin

Wed, Mar 05, 2014

Vinyl Fence vs. Aluminum Fence

Deciding between vinyl (PVC) and Ornamental Aluminum Fence can be a bit daunting for the consumer. There are a couple factors you many want to take into consideration before making a well informed decision about how you choose to enclose your outdoor space. These fencing aspects are: privacy, security, maintenance, gate configuration, fence cost, and color selection.

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SECURITY FENCE SOLUTIONS: CREATING A SAFER MIDDLE RIVER, MD AMTRAK

Posted by Michelle Goodwin

Thu, Oct 24, 2013

As Hurricane Fence Company wraps up the AMTRAK Middle River MD project, we're reflecting on what an important project this was for contractors, authorities & commuters alike. 

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What Are The Virginia Livestock Fence Laws?

Posted by Dawn Lowndes

Wed, Jun 19, 2013

Virginia Livestock Laws govern fence requirements for horses, cattle, and other large farm animals. 

Livestock fencing is meant to restrict and restrain the movement of animals across a particular boundary, but can benefit the landowner by protecting his interest with adherence to the laws and can increase property value. Livestock fence also marks boundary lines. More good news: the state, according to the Code of Virginia: Title 33.1; Chapter 1; Article 15: the Department of Transportation may be able the ones responsible for paying for part of your fence, if the fence line runs along a highway (defined as carrying over 50 vehicles per day): “...On gated roads carrying fifty or more vehicles per day, the Department of Transportation shall, upon the request of the local governing body and upon the recordation of a deed of gift or donation by such landowner of not less than forty-foot right-of-way, reimburse abutting landowners a sum equal to one dollar per foot of fencing which must be installed to keep cattle from entering the right-of-way from such abutting land... For purposes of this section, a 'gated' road is a road on which, prior to July 1, 1986, abutting landowners have maintained a gate or cattleguard.” Title 55; Chapter 18; Article 2: defines a lawful fence. A “lawful fence” must be five feet high; a barbed wire fence must be 42 inches high and consist of eight strands running horizontal and fixed tightly to posts placed, at the most, sixteen feet apart and with a brace (not technically a post) standing halfway between posts. If made from boards, they must be four feet high and must be at least five inches wide; board posts must be placed at eight foot intervals. In some instances, bodies of water such as the James River may be considered legal fenceline. For more information on above specifications, visit this LINK [http://asci.uvm.edu/equine/law/fence/va_fnc.htm].

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How To Make Wise Fence Choices!

Posted by Dawn Lowndes

Tue, May 31, 2011

When you are checking out your options for purchasing or installing fence materials it pays to be wise. Whether you are a business owner or a homeowner, making the right choices prior to a fence installation will determine its long-lasting good looks and fence durability. Contacting a licensed fence company can give you access to their professional level of experience.  This will without doubt, help you make an informed consumer decision. You can select and install your own fence and be proud of your do it yourself – DIY eagerness. And, it may even save you money.  But if you are not sure of how to do a quality commercial or residential fence installation you could cause yourself more expense in the long run.

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