The short answer to this question is right on the property line. But, of course it’s not that simple!
The reasons for wanting a fence are usually straightforward; it will give you privacy and define your yard better than many other options. The fact that it is very easy to put up and requires very little maintenance is a bonus!
But, there are several factors you should consider before you start hammering in the fence posts.
Your Property Line
The first thing you need to consider is do you actually know your property line? If it is already marked by an existing fence or other barrier then it may appear clear. But, this could actually be your neighbor’s fence or hedge and be just inside their property line.
Before you start doing anything it is important to have a land survey done. As part of this land markers will be added to the ground confirming the exact location of your border.
It is also a good idea to have a service avoidance survey carried out. This will tell you if here are any utilities which run under your line and identify where exactly they are. You don’t want to be sinking your fence post into a mains electricity cable or the sewer pipe!
That would be an expensive repair and a huge amount of hassle.
Knowing what’s under your land will help you to plan the best position for your fence.
How Do Your Neighbors Feel?
Technically you can add a fence along the border of your land. But you may wish to consider how your neighbors may feel. It is possible they have also avoided putting up a fence as it bocks their view or makes them feel isolated.
It is a good idea to talk to them first; this should help to reduce any friction between you and them when you put it up. Talking to them will allow you to ease their doubts or even come to an alternative solution that works for both of you.
It is very important that you check with your local planning office regarding the erection of fences. While it will probably be permissible if it is less than 6 feet it is always best to check.
You don’t want to be told to take it all down and start again after spending time and money investing in you new fence.
Type Of Fence
You should also consider the type of fence you are putting up. If it is pre-stained then there is no need to have access to the back of it. But, if it needs to be painted will you be able to get to it once you have put it in position? You should also consider any existing border, such as your neighbor’s hedge; this may need to be accessed to be kept trim and tidy.
You can put your fence right on the border of the property; but the real question is whether you actually want to!