Before you install a new fence on your property, you may want to think about how your neighbors will be affected. You can take some key steps to make it an easier process for both of you. As an experienced Missouri residential fence company, Ozark Fence understands the importance of making your fence project go as smoothly as possible. Keep reading to discover five fence etiquette tips you should consider before you install your fence.

Communicate Your Intentions

While you do not have to discuss your plans with your neighbors, it is a kind, courteous thing to do. Your neighbors will be affected by any changes you are making to your property, so discussing your intentions will minimize frustration and potential disagreements. Undertaking any type of home improvement project can be overwhelming, so taking the time to reduce possible stress by communicating clearly with your neighbors will be helpful to both you and them. Sometimes, neighbors are even willing to split the cost of the fence. 

Honor Property Boundaries

Be absolutely sure that you know where your property begins and ends before you begin digging for your Missouri residential fence. Refer to your most recent land survey, or hire a surveyor so your property lines can be clearly marked. This is the only way to be certain that you are building your fence in the correct area. If you do not build your fence within your property limits, your neighbors can ask you to move your fence even if you just had it installed. 

Follow the Rules

Another important consideration is to make sure that you know your local fencing laws. Are you part of a homeowner’s association (HOA)? If so, you can be assured that there are specific rules in place that dictate the materials, style, color, and height of the fences in your neighborhood. Contact your HOA to find out the specific details before you begin to build your fence. 


Even if you do not live in an HOA-managed neighborhood, there are likely local zoning laws for fencing that you will need to follow. Your local Missouri fence company may be familiar with these laws, but it is your responsibility to be absolutely sure that your fence complies with any rules or laws that are in place. If you do not take the time to verify the standards for your neighborhood you can end up spending more time and money than necessary. 

Care for Your Fence

Taking proper care of your fence is especially important if your fence is on a shared property line with a neighbor. Your fence will need some level of regular maintenance for it to remain functional and pleasing to the eye. There are different ways to care for your fence, depending on the type of material you pick. Wood will need to be cleaned and re-sealed frequently. Aluminum, chain link, and ornamental iron fences require less attention. Also, remember that if you own the fence you need to clean, maintain, and repair both sides of the fence, not simply the side that is facing your property. 

Consider a “Good Neighbor” Fence

Several types of fencing have one side that looks better than the other. Fence etiquette rules suggest that you face the more attractive side of the fence towards your neighbor’s property or towards the street. Not only is this more polite, but it’s the standard. Your property will also look a lot more attractive with the “good” side facing outwards. If you prefer a fence that would look nice from either side, consider a “good neighbor” fence. For examples of these styles of fences, contact the friendly fence professionals at Ozark Fence. We can help you choose the perfect style for your Missouri residential fence project! 

Contact the Top Missouri Fence Company For More Information

Ozark Fence has several years of experience installing fences, and we can help you find a style that is appropriate for your property. We look forward to assisting you with all of your fencing needs from start to finish. Call us at (417) 221-4433 or contact us online for more information. Our expert fence professionals are ready to help!