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.
To learn more you can view our fencing catalogue.
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.
Angelo did our fence yesterday. very professional. Highly recommended. Both my neighbour and ourselves are very happy.
- Nancy (Fencing Services Mount Waverley)
We wholeheartedly recommend Shaun Smiley and VIP Home Services for their excellent fencing work. We were delighted with the high quality result, the meticulous attention to detail, the efficiency and timeliness of the work, the professionalism, the value for money - and also (importantly) with the whole process, as Shaun and VIP were an absolute delight to deal with. Shaun completed two boundary fences on either side of our residential property. It was a complex job involving a heritage property, working with 3 separate property owners, and huge old vines completely covering the existing fences which we wanted to preserve. to be cont...
- Sarah and Jason (Fencing Services Canterbury)
Did a fantastic job and prompt and easy to talk to and discuss exactly what I wanted on my property which they did! Would be happy to recommend to anyone.
- Stuart (Fencing Services Mandurah)
Definitely! very happy with their work got on with the job they did what I wanted I'm very happy!
- Lorraine E (Fencing Services Bon Beach)
"My neighbour & I chose Warren Smith to demolish a long wooden fence between my property & my neighbours', and erect a new timber fence in it's place. We chose Warren because his quote was very reasonable (we had 6 quotes in all), and because I knew Warren's workmanship was thorough & of a high standard from a job he & Cathy had done for me previously. The demolition of the old fence was complicated by the fact that it was completely covered by thick ivy growing from various spots along the fence. The amount of ivy on the fence was so heavy, it was pushing the old fence over. Warren (& 2 helpers) dug out & poisoned the roots of as much ivy a
- Clair C (Fencing Services East Brighton)
Hi Ben. Just a short note to again indicate my appreciation for the replacement of two fences for my daughter and me. From the first contact with you when you provided me with quotes, I was pleased with several things; (a) your promptness in providing the quotes, (b) your professional and considered advice as to what was the best material etc. that suited our requirements and finally the professional completion and appearance of the fences that were done in a timely manner. Due to your professional work and friendly disposition, I would have no hesitation in recommending your work to anyone. Regards Neil O’Loughlin.
- Neil O'L (Fencing Services Heidelberg)
We had a side paling fence done today by Alastar and the team and the job was Amazing! It looks fantastic everything is nice and neat and the job just looks terrific! The customer service was outstanding too he returned my call promptly, arrived on time and when he said he would for the quote and when it came time to do the job. Great communication and no mucking around. Highly recommend these guys! Thank you so much Alastar and boys at VIP!!!
- Chris and Tennile (Fencing Services Mount Eliza East)
In October 2018 in Kew, Chris from VIP Fencing replaced all our fencing, created retaining walls for gardens, and also gating. Right from the start, Chris was very reliable, a great communicator, a great problem solver and his workmanship is excellent. More than this, he collaborated with us at each stage of the job where decisions had to be made. His experience also helped guide us through the body corp process to get everything signed off with ease. Chris is a very pleasant, hard working and skillful tradesman to work with. We are very pleased with the end result and we also enjoyed the process (which is just as important)! Highly recommended and 5 stars from us.
- Gene & Alison (Fencing Services Kew)