Adding a fence around your home increases its appearance, privacy, and overall value. However, before you install it, you need to figure out some important details about your property, including where it starts and ends. Scheduling a property survey is the best way to determine how your land is legally laid out according to your city or county records.

3 Reasons to Contact a Surveyor Before Installing Your Fence

1. Determine Boundary Lines

You don’t want to spend money installing a fence that crosses onto your neighbor’s property. A survey will clear up any misconceptions either of you might have, and a boundary line certificate will give you a legal description of your property lines. To ensure the fence is clearly on your land, install it at least six inches inside the border.

2. Locate Underground Cables & Drains

fenceWhile you should have no problem working your fence around ground poles and wires, it’s a little more difficult navigating underground lines, pipes, and drains. A surveyor will report on these details, so you can plan out your fence without worrying about digging in an unsafe location.

3. Prevents Building on Public Property

If your home sits alongside a public road, chances are the municipality is wider than just the paved area. Building your fence on this land gives your town or city the right to demand that your remove or replace it. A survey can make these lines clearly visible, allowing you to place your fence well inside your property lines.


After your property lines have been established, the fencing contractors at American Fence Company can help you come up with a solution that best meets your needs. They provide professional construction and installation of aluminum, vinyl, and chain-link fences to the Hudson Valley, NY, area. Call them today at (845) 481-1767 to receive a free estimate. You can also visit their website to learn more about their services.