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.
Hi Everyone, I would just like to Thank Alastar & Matt, for the great job, they did on replacing the back & side fence yesterday. They arrived on time, dismantled the old fence, (that they took away) & replaced it with a great looking new fence. Their workmanship & attention to detail is much appreciated. Once again, Many Thanks!
- Robert (Fencing Services Seaford)
Clint was very professional in his customer service and his craftsmanship was excellent. I can highly recommend him and will be in contact with him for future jobs.
- Courtney (Fencing Services Coburg)
Mark at VIP Home Services recently built and installed a fence/gate at our property in Mt Waverley which was a great success. Mark's quote and responses to my request were met quickly and he took care to make sure we could have our fence built at his nearest opportunity. He built the fence within a half day and took great care with his products, his building technique and the end result was perfect. He recommended a 'hidden' gate to meet our needs and it fits within the property well. An architect friend even noted now well the fence lined with the house's brickwork. Thank you Mark, we will definitely recommend you for any future work of this type and have recommended you to friends looking for similar fencing!
- Joanne D (Fencing Services Mt Waverley)
I would highly recommend Terry for any carpentry work. We have employed Terry’s services on several occasions at our home and he has always been: Punctual Courteous Professional Terry also offers solutions to your problems, he is a great thinker and always has a great outcome to resolve any problems you may have for e.g. we needed a new staircase outside onto our deck and Terry came up with a brilliant idea that no-one else had thought of and it works and looks wonderful!!
- Nancy (Fencing Services Ivanhoe)
"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)
Thanks very much for completing the fence - appreciate the innovation with the removable section and attention to detail - it looks great!
- Ted & Donald (Fencing Services Malvern)
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)
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)
Walter and his team have been creating beautiful and sturdy fences for us for more than 10 years. Walter is very professional and his workmanship is excellent. He is prompt, reliable and competitive.
- Vanessa (Fencing Services Surrey Hills)
I had a fairly extensive fencing job and I wasn't entirely sure of the best way to go about it. I got a few quotes but Bryan was the only one who really took the time to listen to my (terribly vague!) ideas and offer a range of options. And in fact, it was Karen who suggested the winning solution! I required two different fence types, one of which Bryan hadn't installed before, and he went above and beyond to make sure it all worked out smoothly. So FYI, he is now a pro at installing Polvin fencing! Karen kept me updated along the way and made all the paperwork really easy too which was a huge relief. So between them, I'm very grateful for the brilliant fence that I have now!
- Rachel (Fencing Services Alfred Cove)