If you're installing a wood fence for the first time, you may have a lot of questions about how the process works. You can start by calling your city's codes office to see if you need a permit and if there are restrictions on where the fence can be placed and how tall the fence can be. If you live in an HOA community, you'll want to know if there are fencing restrictions you need to follow before you put your fence up.

Here are some more things you may want to discuss with your fence contractor. 

What Preparations You Need To Make

You may need a boundary survey so the fence contractor knows exactly where to place your fence. If so, you'll need to allow plenty of time for this to happen, since getting a survey done requires taking measurements and doing research. You may also need to have utility lines marked so the fence contractor knows if it is safe to dig the post holes.

Your contractor may also want you to prepare the land so weeds and plants are out of the way and the crew can work without obstructions. You'll also need to decide on the type of fencing you'll get including the type of wood, style, and size. The fence parts need to be ordered and allowed time to be delivered before installation day can be scheduled.

You'll also need to plan the layout and gates with the contractor so they know where you want the fence and the type of gates you want. You may want a small gate on one side of your house for people to use and a larger gate on the other side for your mower and other equipment. This helps the fence contractor know what supplies to order.

What Happens During The Fence Installation

The fence contractor starts by installing the posts the fence panels will be nailed to. The posts go in holes and they're held in place with concrete so they're sturdy. The contractor will probably install your new wood fence with the attractive side facing your neighbors' properties. They'll probably install the panels so they don't touch the ground. This reduces the risk of rot and insect damage. If you have a small dog you need to keep in the yard, let the fence contractor know so they can come up with a solution for closing the gap without risking damage to your fence.

Fence installation is usually fast once the posts are set. The fence contractor will give you a start date and estimated completion date for the work and explain anything else you need to know before you sign your contract.

Contact a local fence contractor to learn more.