Your fence is an important part of your home and every home owner's responsibility.
More often than not we take for granted this most important home feature. Not only does it create your boundary for gardens, offer curb street appeal, give privacy and security, but it also keeps your children and pets safely within the property.
We have created this online checklist for your convenience, as there is a bit to think about and do when arranging a new/replacement fence.
If you are a property owner, the Fences Act contains the rules about who pays for a dividing fence. We have a list of each states fencing act links on our legal information page.
You will need to notify your neighbours of the fence replacement or repair of your fence.
Our recommendation is to be proactive and speak with your neighbour(s) where applicable first to ascertain what type of fence you want and or if they are in agreement regarding the fence being replaced.
Notice to Fence/Contribute for fencing work:
You may be required to issue your neighbour with a Notice to Fence/Contribute for fencing work. You can find forms online, make sure you go to your state/territory for the correct one.
Does my fence need a permit?
Contact your local council to see if you require a building permit for your new fence. Some cases a permit is required due to the extension of height, style of the fence if your home is heritage listed or there is an estate covenant etc.
Be aware the pool fencing legislation is different in all the states and territories within Australia. There is a wealth of information out there online, so Google your state or territories Pool Fencing legislation requirements to find out more or you can find a list of each states pool fencing links on our legal information page..
Dial before you dig:
Dial before you dig can provide you with a map of each authority i.e. energy, phone cables, water pipes and gas lines, etc. It is your responsibility to ensure you provide this information to your fence builder prior to works commencing. Visit their website to find out more: http://www.1100.com.au
Choosing your fencing contractor:
Choosing your fencing contractor is important, some people go to the bottom line of their quote, and sadly they get what they pay for. We have spent many years in the fencing industry collectively and have seen the results of poor choices, unfortunately when quizzed more often than not it was about the price.
What to look for/ask in a fencing contractor?
Why are these questions important?
Simply because of security, peace of mind and in the event that something goes wrong it is much easier to sort things out if all the above is in place with who you have engaged!
Clearing fence lines:
You will need to clear your fence line prior works proceeding (unless you have requested your Fence Installer perform the task), the garden/clearance needs to be min 600mm both sides of the fence.
Proceeding with fencing construction:
Ensure that you have available: access to Power and Water and no harm in a coffee or two, fencing is hard work!
Keep children away from work site:
Yes, it is a work site, you need to ensure your children's safety that they are not on site while the fence installation is happening.
Lock up your dogs/cats or have them stay with a friend:
To ensure the safety and security of your dogs/cats make sure you have them locked in the home or have them stay with a friend.
Replacement fences go back on the previous fence line although a 50mm variance is allowable and unless mutually agreed, palings and rails (where applicable) to be as they were.
Survey pegs are required, and the responsibility for them and the fences location is back on the owner and or the person who has placed the pegs.
Payment will be required by all parties strictly on completion of the works!
Care and warranties:
Dependant on the type/style of fence and fencing materials. Ensure that you gather your information on how to care for your fence and save your fencing material (where applicable) warranties, some are transferable so well worthwhile hanging onto.
Does your fence need painting?
You can do this yourself or better still have our franchise owners to assist you here, so let them know if you need your picket fence painted or even better still we have seen paling/wooden fences stained, and they come up looking fantastic.
So not only do you have a fence that looks good you are also caring for the longevity by fortifying the wood against the effects of the wind, rain and extreme temperatures. If staining the wooden fence use a heavy duty outdoor stain.
"I used Warren Smith from V.I.P. Home Services Fencing to replace a fence that a tree had knocked down and found his service to be a delight! He got rid of the tree for me and along with his sons had the new fence up for me in no time, the fence itself looks fantastic, so much so I am getting him back later in the month to do another fence that needs replacing. Fairly priced and great service says I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone in need of fencing work."
- Nat Harford (Fencing Services Melbourne)
"I would like to thank Bryan for the quick turnaround in the job he undertook for me. From making himself available to quote the job and then to actually getting on with it and completing the work to a high standard immediately. I will certainly be recommending Bryan to friends and I would not hesitate to call VIP Fencing for any future requirements."
- Peter Lazidis (Fencing Services Perth)
"Thanks Bryan for a great job repairing my fence which was damaged in a recent storm. You took the time to describe what needed to happen, advised me on some things I didn't notice and kept me updated through the whole process, which was completed in a matter of weeks. Great service and a great job. I highly recommend dealing with VIP Fencing - Fremantle."
- Jo McAllister (Fencing Services Perth)
"I initially requested a simple wooden fence with a gate. I worked with Justin who clarified my requests and suggested suitable timber, posting and fence/gate stability requirements. He was reliable, responsive and honest. The end result was above my expectations - and crafted to perfection. The wow factor is always impressive, well done! Thank you again."
- Dionne Shnider (Fencing Services Melbourne)
"I am very delight to recommend Justin from VIP Home service, who replaced the old fence to acoustic wall for us. All my requirements are carefully being considered and all the issues are solved perfectly. Hassle-free! I would not hesitate to hire him again and recommend to all my friends if any fence work happened. Thanks, Justin."
- Wei (Fencing Services Toorak)
"Justin is a very customer-oriented professional with a strong focus on quality. As part of a larger residential landscaping project, Justin built for us 2 boundary fences, a front picket fence & gate, 2 side fences with gates, and a retaining wall for our front garden. Justin worked in well with our landscapers, took care to minimise disruption to our property, and also displayed a lot of patience when interacting with us at times difficult neighbours. He also took plenty of time to understand our needs and, as we were trying to work out what we wanted, provided useful suggestions and advice regarding different materials and styles."
- John (Fencing Services Surry Hills)
"I used another fencing company to do my left fence, and regretted it. A couple years on it's now wobbling and warped. Justin built my right fence shortly after and did a brilliant job - so good that I got him to then build my front white picket fence, which was even more impressive. He said he was building a piece of furniture for my front yard, so it needed to be done well. He's easy to deal with and delivers a quality end product for a fair price."
- Adrian (Fencing Services Malvern East)
"Ours was a challenging retaining wall project requiring 32 steel posts and 132 concrete sleepers, creating a 60 meter long meter high wall. Despite the problems caused by the sloppy site Justin approached the work calmly and methodically and built our wall ruler straight. Impressive! He and his assistant worked overtime to finish the job and left us a very happy customer. We highly recommend this talented, reliable and pleasant tradesman."
- Kirsten (Fencing Services Glen Iris)