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.
I contracted Harley to build a colorbond fence with an automated gate. As I am on a corner block with different elevations, Harley was able to construct a level fence that also had complex corners. Harley advised me on the type of model automated gate. Again Harley got all the measurements down to the millimeter and my gate is a dream come true. Harley walked me through the operation of my gate and offered any assistance if any problems. Cont...
- Giesela (Fencing Services Tyabb)
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)
Hello Matt, Hope this email finds you well. We wanted to say Thank You for the fence you installed at our property last week. Looking at it for the very first time, we honestly felt that it was more a work of art than a simple fence. We never doubted that it would be installed correctly, but it definitely exceed our expectations and has added a beautiful and secure finish to our new home...both from the inside and out. The detail and workmanship you have put in are very much evident and your attention to detail and listening to our concerns and requirements are greatly appreciated.....cont
- Philip & Patricia M (Fencing Services Pascoe Vale Sth)
We had a clear idea about the sort of fence that we wanted, but after getting three other quotes (which were mostly vague) we weren't confident that we were going to find the right person to do it for us. Then we found VIP Fencing and we were so pleased to find somebody who was able to make our fence and communicate well with us. Everything was clear from the beginning - Bryan understood what we wanted, made a suggestion of something that would improve the design (and he was right) and sent through a detailed and clear quote. Karen was also great to deal with and communicated with us with any questions we had. During the job, they worked hard and remained professional and friendly throughout - it was a big job and the days were very hot! Bryan paid attention to detail and took pride in his work. We have already received compliments for our fence and we're happy it looks exactly as we hoped it would. Home improvements can be stressful and costly and it's always a pleasure and relief when you hire somebody and they not only fulfill your expectations but surpass them. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend Bryan and Karen who are not only hard workers, but are also just lovely to deal with!
- Anna (Fencing Services Fremantle)
"He was very good, prompt, he tells me before the job and I have no bad feedback about him. Job was done properly"
- Joseph (Fencing Services Donvale)
Angelo recently built in excess of 100m of timber fencing on a very difficult site for my Mother -in - law. The job was completed on time and without fuss. His left the site cleaner than when he arrived. The finished fence exceeded all our expectations and looks amazing. His price was extremely competitive. We have no issue recommending Angelo to anyone who wants a quality fence. If I could give him 6 stars I would.
- Bill & Anne W (Fencing Services Malvern East)
Thank you for a job well done. The fence looks great and my home and the building site next door have been left clean and tidy. The work done by you and Curtis was efficient and tackled with a cheerful, cooperative approach." Cheers,
- SamD (Fencing Services Hurstbridge)
I engaged Mark to replace my old timber fence with a new Colour bond fence. Mark was very professional. He did an excellent job. His pricing was fair and reasonable. His invoicing was professional. His work was clean and tidy. I highly recommend Mark.
- LindaK (Fencing Services Glen Waverley)
VIP Fencing & Home Maintenance erected a fence for me today. Team of 3, so efficient using top grade materials, the job is perfect Highly recommended.
- Elizabeth (Fencing Services Mornington )
Want to say a big thank you to Alastar for all the great work he did with our fence and roots of trees. He was very pleasant hard working nothing was too much trouble for him. Anyone looking for work to be done, he is your man. Happy customer.
- Gayle C (Fencing Services Coburg)