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.
Harley from V.I.P. Fencing and Home Maintenance completed an architecturally designed front picket fence that included, a motorised sliding gate with key pad entry and photon beams, as well as a walkway single gate with electronic door handle and full paint job of all. The attention to detail and quality was such that the completed job looked exactly as it was drawn by the architects. I would not hesitate to recommend Harley for any high end project where attention to detail matters!
- LeighP (Fencing Services Brighton East)
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 can’t thank Alastar and his team enough for repairing and replacing our 73m of broken and damaged timber paling fencing. After years of past bad experiences with 2 dodgy fencers and being ripped off with this fence being incorrectly installed and falling over just after 6 weeks from installation. Alastar came to the rescue, he repaired and replaced our fence and restored my faith again. Thank you Alastar for your professionalism and great workmanship. We can’t thank you enough.
- Silviana (Fencing Services Mount Eliza)
Thanks V.I.P. Fencing and especially to Mark, that is our fence and it's outstanding, it has been painted now, post code says Clayton but the fence yells Toorak, 2 weeks now and I'm still having my Mortised Post Fence moments! Can I give Mark 6 out of 5 stars?
- Colin F (Fencing Services Clayton)
I engaged Terry to renew my back fence some months ago and I was impressed with his attention to detail, plus his punctuality and good workmanship. I have no hesitation in recommending him for any fencing work. He will do a fantastic job.
- Lesley (Fencing Services Croydon)
Hi Warren Thank you for your email I would like to express my thanks to you and Sid for he's prompt reply. Sid came to my home yesterday to take measurements and it was a pleasure to have him at my home. He was very knowledgeable and polite. He certainly took the time to get required information and measurements. I look forward to receiving he's quote in the next few days.
- Leanne B (Fencing Services Bundoora)
"Thanks for all your help with the fence! Looked fantastic when I got home. Really happy with the extra effort you took with it. It was clear you had a passion for delivering a quality product and not taking any shortcuts. Also really appreciate how clean the yard was when you left and you helping us out by taking away that extra wood. I wasn’t expecting Taylah to ask you to do that sorry or I would have dismantled that makeshift step before you arrived. I guess you had a chainsaw so it hopefully wasn’t too much of a pain. Thanks heaps though!"
- Sinclair B (Fencing Services Oakleigh South)
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)
"When our old fence had to be demolished because it was falling over and had holes in it my neighbour refused to pay half. The stress involved was just incredible and it went on for about two years until I finally decided to pay for the fence myself. Although I had used another cheaper fencing company to replace our back fence I decided to use VIP Home Services for the side fence instead. Alastar and Matt did a fantastic job on our side fence and the difference is just unbelievable. The VIP fence is not the cheapest fence but it is clearly better quality and it has completely changed the way our backyard looks and feels. We now have privacy and a totally different feel to our backyard and driveway. I really appreciate VIP Home Services attention to detail and I can honestly say that this is the best thing that has happened to me in the last two years. I have attached before and after photographs to show just what a difference this fence has made."
- Gian (Fencing Services Cheltenham)
Dear Ben, Thank you for the wonderful job you did with our new fence, I appreciate your punctuality and work ethic.
- Patricia (Fencing Services Heidelberg)