If you're thinking of adding a fence to your home this year, we have some tips.
They have both practical and aesthetic value, but a badly conceived fence can be an eyesore and a source of conflict with neighbors.
WDEF News 12's Amy Katcher has tonight's Angie's List Report.
With pets in the family, a fence can be a must-have.
Homeowner Kim Ruskowsky says, "We installed the fence because we wanted more privacy in our backyard and we have two dogs that like to run around and it's nice to have them not tied down."
Angie's List recommends doing your research before you let a company dig into your yard. Are they full-service company? Do they also offer repairs and adjustments?
Angie Hicks of Angie's List says "Fences can make the best neighbors unless it's put on the wrong side of the property line. The first thing you want to do is have a survey of your property and check with your neighbors. It's not required to do that but it's a nice courtesy. And don't forget to check out your homeowner's association by-laws because they might have regulations about the type of fence."
Some common fence materials today include vinyl, wrought iron, aluminum and wood.
Fencing Contractor Rod Smith says, "I believe today, most of our consumers, are very interested in a maintenance free fence that lasts without maintenance and also adds value to their property for an extended period of time versus some of the other products or older products, a wood products that do require maintenance and do tend to break down and detract from the look of the property over the course of time."
A fence can be installed any time of year as long as the ground is not frozen. Angie's List says you may actually score a deal if you consider doing this project in the winter when most companies are not as busy.