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.
Your work was completed quickly and in a highly professional manner. The results exceeded my expectations and so I am very happy. I would recommend your services to any enquirer.
- NeiII (Fencing Services Glen Waverley)
Clint was great to deal with and was very accommodating with availability. No hail, rain, challenging neighbour or rocks stopped him from putting up a great back fence. Thanks for all your hard work Clint.
- Kerry-EllenB (Fencing Services Essendon)
cont... Shaun performed an extremely tricky job perfectly and with a smile. The new fences look fantastic - and the old vines look better than ever. Not only did we get a better result than we thought possible, but Shaun was highly professional in every way and a pleasure to work with. Thank you very much Shaun and VIP Home Services. Hugely recommend!
- Sarah and Jason (Fencing Services Canterbury)
cont.. We would recommend your services without hesitation and to this end we will be engaging you again in the immediate future for work to the fencing and gates at the front of our property. Thank You again Matt.
- Philip & Patricia M (Fencing Services Pascoe Vale Sth)
Dear Walter, Thank you for all your hard work and attentiveness to our property and garden. We have appreciated the courtesy you have demonstrated toward us; both you and your colleague, David, are gentlemen. We have no hesitation in recommending you to others and will keep you in mind for any future work. Kind Regards, Daniel and Sally B
- Daniel and Sally (Fencing Services Box Hill Sth)
The service provided by Terry is second to none. Terry is an experienced carpenter and his skills are reflected in the fencing work that he undertook at our property. The material used was of a high grade and the quality of work was exceptional.. Terry was professional and honest in all his dealings. I would unreservedly recommend Terry and VIP Fencing - Templestowe to anyone wanting build a fence, pergola or deck. Terry is the man to do it for you.
- Nick (Fencing Services Richmond)
Dear Ange, I just wanted to say thanks and what a pleasure it was to have you build my back fence. At the time of calling you I was in a desperate situation of needing the fence built urgently, you were not only able to meet my needs with the timeframe, but your advise on what would be best with regard to how the fence should be constructed, and the assurance re the quality of work and materials overall represents 100% satisfaction on my part. Once again thanks for everything, the fence looks great, and I will not hesitate to recommend you to anyone who needs a fence. Cheers.
- Warren M (Fencing Services Croydon)
We always trust our first impression to select people to do a job for us. Bryan came to our place for a quote on time, listened to us quietly, measured up precisely, and prepared honest quote. Yesterday, while it was raining heavy, he worked very carefully but efficiently to complete the job as he promised. Both my wife and I love what he has delivered, very beautiful infill panel! Behind the scene, Karen communicated with us very well, informing us of schedule, etc. We still have a few more jobs to be done and for sure we will go straight to them. (Product Review Testimonial)
- Rio & Ryoko (Fencing Services Booragoon)
Great service. On time and provided great options and easy to deal with. Would highly recommend Curtis.
- JeremyD (Fencing Services Reservoir)
Very happy with Harley's work. A quality job and we were kept informed at all times leading up to the installation. Well done.
- PeterT (Fencing Services Mount Martha)