How to Avoid Disputes over a Fence


A standard 130-foot paling fence can cost around $2,000 and, by law, the other party should contribute half.  But what if your neighbour refuses, claiming that the existing one is good enough or that they can’t afford it or don’t like your proposed design. You could become involved in an unwanted fence dispute with your neighbour.

This could cost you about $3,000 to $4,000 more going to court. So it would seem logical if you just built the fence yourself and avoid going to court. You can still build the fence you want, on your side of the boundary line, on your property. 

This logic isn’t very appealing to many, but the legal costs involved in resolving such a dispute could easily outweigh the cost of building the fence. In addition, you will avoid having a grumpy neighbour and help keep the peace. 

Fence disputes are legal issues as defined by law under each state legislation, but emotions is the thing that gets in the way of sensible outcomes. So if your neighbour refuses, then it’s probably a good idea to just spend the money yourself.  Besides, having a good fence will increase the future saleability of your property, but don’t be cheap, whether you live in it or rent it out, always keep your fences and retaining walls maintained. After all, your fencing costs are a minimal part compared to the overall worth of your property.

Remember, that boundary lines or dividing fences are defined by law under each state legislation, and there are differences between each state. So be sure to consult a solicitor for the exact legal requirements in your state.

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