"Understanding Your Home" by Building Inspector Mark Visser
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Things to do first
* check with the local utility companies if there are any underground utilities.
* Find out where the property line is.

Despite claims of low maintenance vinyl fencing should be cleaned with water and a mild detergent at least once a year to prevent discolouration caused by bird droppings and pollution.

Vinyl Fencing

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Vinyl fencing.

A vinyl fence may be made of a solid vinyl composite material, or may be constructed of pressure-treated pine with a durable vinyl coating. Manufacturers of vinyl (PVC) coated fencing components claim that their fences will not warp, peel, or yellow, are graffiti resistant, and last a life time. I don't know if those claims are true because I haven't seen a vinyl fence that is 40 years old or older. One of the reasons why vinyl fences are gaining in popularity is that they are virtually maintenance free. The initial cost of a vinyl fence is more than a wood fence but is compensated by the fact that there is no need for regular painting or staining. A well built vinyl fence will increase the resale value of your home. In today's society people are looking for homes with a maintenance free exterior.
Don't start yet!
* Before even starting to build your fence you should check with the local utility companies if there are any underground utilities in the area where you want to build the fence and if so, where they are located.
* Contact your local building department to find out the proper depth for fence post footings, height restrictions and whether or not you need a building permit.

* Be 100% sure of where the property line is. If not, you may need a property survey which could be costly but believe me, it will be a lot less expensive than finding out later that "your" fence is on the neighbours property!!!!

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