Think Inside The Box: Commercial Dumpster Enclosures with Outdoor Aesthetic Appeal

Posted by Michelle Goodwin

Fri, Nov 18, 2016


Dumpster enclosures range tremendously in size. The 3 or 4 sided enclosure will range from 10 ft. wide  by  8' ft. deep  by  6 ft.  tall  or  8 ft.  wide  to 30’ w  by 12’ deep x  6’ and include one double swin gate.

Municipalities typically dictate the need for a dumpster enclosure. Extensive coverage and property line limitations must also be considered and approved per local code requirements.

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Topics: Commercial Fence, Vinyl Fence, Dumpster Enclosure, fences richmond, Residential Fence, residential dumpsters, home improvement

Chain Link Fences: Gauging Your Needs

Posted by Michelle Goodwin

Thu, Feb 25, 2016

Chain link fence is one of the most popular types of fence requested and installed today.

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Topics: Perimeter Security, Homeowners Association, Residential Fence, Commercial Fence, Code, Fence, Fence Maintenance, Richmond Fence, Comparison

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
ENSURING

HOA APPROVAL
ON YOUR
FENCE PROJECT 

 

 

 

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.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE AMERICAN HOME OWNERS ASSOCIATION FOR RESOURCES ON REGIONAL AND LOCAL REGULATIONS FOR YOUR UPCOMING FENCE PROJECT

CLICK FOR AN AWESOME INFOGRAPHIC ABOUT THE RISE OF THE HOA IN THE USA!

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Topics: Specifications, Residential Fence Choices, Homeowners Association, HOA, Residential Fence, backyard Fence, Fence Permit, Regulations, Insurance, Richmond Fence, fence law, fence regulations, virginia fence code, Maintenance, fences richmond, first time home buyers, codes, hoa fence, fence insurance

COLORED VINYL CHAIN LINK FENCE AND IT'S VISUAL APPEAL

Posted by Michelle Goodwin

Wed, Mar 26, 2014

Vinyl Chain Link Fence

Chain link fence popularity stems partially from chain link's moderately inexpensive cost. This specific fence material is exceptionally adaptable and the simplicity of establishment is a solid choice in a multitude of applications. Common color options for vinyl coated chain link fence are green, white, black and brown chain link fence.

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Topics: Commercial Fence, Residential Fence Choices, Homeowners Association, Residential Fence, Fence Design, Vinyl Fence, Fence, Green Fence Products, backyard Fence, Richmond Fence, chain link fence

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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Topics: Homeowners Association, Residential Fence, Fence Design, Aluminum Fence, Vinyl Fence, Comparison, Specifications, Privacy Fence, backyard Fence, wooden fence, Fence, Fence Maintenance, fence regulations

History & Psychology CH. 2: Where did the perimeter fence come from?

Posted by Michelle Goodwin

Fri, Jan 03, 2014

History & Psychology CH. 2: Where did the perimeter fence come from?

As the great English agriculturist Arthur Young said commenting on eighteenth century French peasants’ toil on their small patrimonies, “Give a man the secure possession of a bleak rock and he will turn it into a garden. Give him a nine years' lease of a garden and he will convert it into a desert." Being instrumental in the culture of property, the fence fostered long-term thinking and constructive effort. 

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Topics: Property Value, Residential Fence, Perimeter Security, Bollards, Temporary Fence, Specialty Fence, backyard Fence, fence timing, Historical Fence

Is Pressure Treated Wood for Fencing Environmentally Friendly?

Posted by Michelle Goodwin

Thu, Oct 31, 2013

   

Yes! The use of pressure treated wood for Residential and Commercial fencing is in fact, environmentally friendly.

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Topics: Residential Fence, pressure treated fence, Specialty Fence, Maintenance, wooden fence, Green Fence Products

What Is A Garden Arbor?

Posted by Dawn Lowndes

Tue, Aug 27, 2013

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Topics: Residential Fence

How Do You Fix A Rotted Fence?

Posted by Dawn Lowndes

Tue, Aug 13, 2013

How to Fix a Rotted Fence is explained below: By Denise Brown, eHow Contributor

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Topics: Commercial Fence, Residential Fence, Government Fence

Do You Want To Beautify Your Wrought Iron Fence?

Posted by Dawn Lowndes

Wed, May 29, 2013

 

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Topics: Fence, Residential Fence, backyard Fence