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Friendly Fence Etiquette

Updated: Jun 7, 2023



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Our Katy fence company will share with you the ins and outs of fence etiquette. Now I am sure you all have good manners, such as saying “please” and “thank you,” but those same manners seem at times to be overlooked. At times neighbors can come to an all-out feud over a fence, so before you make the choice to have a friendly conversation, remember these few tips can go a long way to getting your neighbor to pay for their share of the fence repairs or installation. In our area, neighbors are not obligated to share this expense, and neither are you required to repair your fence in Katy unless you live in a community. Then both parties will inevitably receive a letter notifying you to contact a Katy fence repair company or face the penalty. If the fence was initially installed on your neighbor’s property but fell on your property as a result of a storm, you can remove it from your property just in the same way you can remove trees and limbs. Should the conversation go smoother than you had anticipated, when it comes time to build, you want to observe your boundary lines, do not build over your property lines; not even an inch, or your unfriendly neighbor may have it torn down. If you need clarification on where your property lines are, you may contact the Harris County record office to obtain a blueprint or choose to have your land surveyed.

Texas State Law


Texas does not have a specific state law that addresses boundary-line fences. Cities or property owner associations often try to regulate things such as fence height. Still, disputes involving ownership or maintenance usually must be settled in court if the neighbors cannot agree.

Regarding your Homeowners Association, it is up to you to know and respect their policies; these rules can include height limits, setbacks, materials, and maintenance. There might be more restrictions if your home is on a corner lot. You can challenge these rules, but chances are you will not win.

Another common courteous is to put the more finished side of your fence facing the street or your neighbor’s yard; not only will your neighbor most likely be happier, but your property will look better, should you not like the inside of your fence facing your yard, then consider a double-sided fence where both sides appear new. When choosing a fence company in Katy, ensure you have a reliable crew who will build your wall promptly and professionally. Try to make your fence project enjoyable for your neighbors as much as for yourself.

Please think of the golden rule, do unto others as you wish they would do unto you. Sadly, your neighbor may have been raised differently than to know manners or how to treat a fence properly, so what do you do should your neighbors damage the wall? First, take photos and try to resolve the dispute, but if they do not agree to repair it, if it’s serious, take your disagreement to a small claims court. In Texas, the award limit is $10,000.


Need Fence Repairs In Katy?


If you need fence repairs in Katy, then contact Emerson Home Exterior Enhancements. We offer same-day and next-day services and free estimates. We will also be happy to speak with your neighbors and divide the cost so each of you knows upfront what your shared potion will be for the fence to be repaired or installed. Our fence company is fully insured and offers a five-year generous warranty. For a free estimate, call (281)545-7740

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