How Privacy Fences Help You Deal With Nosy Neighbors

Choosing a fence

A privacy fence is more than just a structure to keep your kids and pets close to home. A fence also helps keep overly attentive neighbors out of your yard. So what is the difference between a privacy fence and a regular fence?

Privacy and Regular Fence Definitions

According to, a fence is a "structure that encloses an area, typically outdoors, and is usually constructed from posts that are connected by boards, wire, rails or netting."

A privacy fence is a solid structure that separates two adjacent properties. The fence is typically between four to six feet high and does not have any holes or spacing between boards, thus providing privacy in your yard.

Choosing between a privacy fence and another fence?

There are a few things to consider when choosing to put up a privacy fence around your property.

  • Do you have pets to keep on your property?
  • Do you have children you want to keep safe in your yard?
  • Do you have "overly curious" neighbors you would prefer to keep at bay?
  • Are there pets (or children) you would like to keep out of your yard?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you should seriously consider a privacy fence for your yard.

Privacy Fence Check List

Now that you have decided specifically on a privacy fence, you need to consider the following before digging post holes.

  • Make sure you know exactly where your property lines are
  • Call 811(dig line) before you dig to make sure you know where power, water, phone/cable, and gas lines are located
  • Talk to your neighbors and HOA (Home Owners Association) to make sure everyone knows what your plans are
  • Find out if the CC&R's (Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions) associated with your neighborhood dictate a certain fencing type, height, or color
  • Will you be installing the fence yourself or hiring a contractor
  • Find out if you need a building permit from your city or county

Yes, there is a lot to consider when fencing your property. That's why hiring the professionals at Henry's Fence Construction can take the stress out of planning and installing your fence.

If you're interested in a free quote, contact us today.