Many of us want to live the picket fence dream, but there's more to installing a fence than meets the eye. If building a fence is on your DIY dream list, then we've got a thing or two to think about before you get out the spade and hammer.
DIY is rewarding and real fun for the right people. Done right, everyone wins. Before starting a project, get a realistic view of what's involved and make sure you're confident you can do a great job. If not, it might be worth considering an expert.
Regulations & permits
First thing's first and that means getting up to speed on your local requirements. Across Australia, each council has different fencing regulations. Not only will these affect the materials you use but it may also impact your fence's colour, location, height, and spacing.
Those lucky folk with a pool to the fence will also need to take state-specific instructions into account as rules around materials and placements vary.
Believe us when we say that you won't want the burden of re-fencing later down the track, so it's imperative you make sure your specs and materials are in line with local regulations. From there you're good to go!
Building materials & specs
With permits and regulations out of the way, the next step is to work out the length of your fencing. To ensure the utmost accuracy, it's worth plotting the outline of your home to keep measurements on track. Keep in mind that properties on hilly areas may require more extensive fencing and you'll want to spend time researching the best materials for your home's plot.
Don't forget that the environment also impacts your fencing material - your home's location will play a crucial role in determining suitable materials. For example, homes near the ocean may opt for aluminium to reduce the chance of rusting, and homes in tropical zones need to consider moisture tolerant materials.
Tools of the fencing trade
You'll want to rent or invest in some useful tools to get the job done correctly but make sure you do your homework first! If you want a fence that goes the distance, you'll want to use the right tools for the job. If you don't, you run the risk of finding it less sturdy or good looking. And remember to stay safe on the job, and invest in decent gloves, goggles and ear protection.
Tips from fencing pros
Please take note - installing a fence isn't a beginner's job, so you'll want to consult someone with trade experience if it's your first time.
If you're unsure, then it's worth sourcing a few quotes from contractors before the project is underway. Weigh up which, if any, parts of the project are worth investing in a contractor for and where you can save money by doing it yourself.
Remember, safety first, so if in doubt don't hesitate to contact trade professionals.
There you have it, you're either ready and raring to go at it yourself, or you've had second thoughts and are prepared to talk to a professional. Either way, the outcome is what you'll have to live with, so make sure you weigh up all your options before going ahead with the project.