If an old fence has been on your property for a long period of time, there are tendencies for some portions of it to be in a bad condition, leaning, or might even be falling down in spots. Most likely, you will want to tear down the fence to replace it with a new one at some point. You may be skeptical about your ability to remove an old or ugly fence. But don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Before you set out to work with your hammer and gloves, here’s what to keep in mind.
Is it Yours???
This might seem obvious, but we’ve seen people get into trouble… don’t forget to ascertain that the fence is yours before any teardown is performed. If you’ve got an unclear history about your property especially if you moved in after your neighbors, the fence really may not be yours. If this is the case, you can either choose to install a fence on your own property or discuss the situation with your neighbor so as to know if they would be willing to get the fence torn down for a new installation.
As a good homeowner, there are several steps you need to follow before making any changes on your property so as to ensure that the project goes off safely and properly. It is a must to take the proper safety procedures when you get started with your tear-down project to make sure that neither you nor anyone else gets hurt.
Contact your local authorities
This may seem like overkill, but it is essential to contact the local utility companies regardless of where you live. It is very important to do so because the posts of your fence were installed several feet into the ground which must have been there for some time. Chances are good that some lines must have been installed by the utility companies near your fence, so do your diligence and get informed before digging up the fence posts. You never want to be slammed with an unexpected fine because the cable or electrical service to half the neighborhood was knocked out by you taking up one of your old fence posts. Also, when/if you go to install a new fence, you’ll already know your property line and the places to avoid.
What do I do with the Wood After?
Note that you might feel stuck with a collection of old wood piled up in your yard as soon as you are done with the installation project. You can either get rid of it by calling a garbage collection agency to pick them up or get them recycled for possible use in other projects.
Have a Plan
When removing fence posts, proper planning must be taken into consideration. If you do not know how to do it, or don’t have the strength or even the time, then hiring a professional contractor is not a bad idea. You could probably cause significant property damage or even get hurt if you do not know how to remove old fences.
If you need assistance in tearing down your old fence, Let us know. We can do it for you if you hire us to replace it.
We have professionals who can handle all works on Fence Installation Grand Rapids, MI. Contact us today, let’s talk about a Free Consultation. From start to finish, you do not need to worry about anything because we’ll remove out your old fence, and even haul away the materials