I vote for you telling them you are planning to install a vinyl fence
and hope that is OK with them as it will help keep their dogs from
running off and will be that much less fence they may need to build to
assure safety of their pool. That gives them notice of your intent and
the opportunity to volunteer to share the cost, or voice their
objections to the idea, the style, the height, the location, or
whatever. Then, take it from there. It sounds like you have not
discussed it with them. In our past first home, we told a neighbor who
had no fences that we planned to put up a chain link to keep the kids in
and dogs out, and the lady nearly had heart failure. She recovered when
we said it would be a great place for her to grow climbing roses.
I always hated getting snagged by those roses when cutting the grass.
The above is the best response so far.
So how much do you really save by getting him to contribute his share?
A few hundred bucks. I can tell you its not worth it and any future
disputes will cost you a lot more than that in time, legal papers and
bad feelings. Just clear it with him to build the fence. Then you
own it wholly to do what you like with it once and for all. Your
neighbour will think you gave him a few hundred bucks and think you
are such a nice guy.
I agree with this poster 100%. I know if my neighbor wanted me to pay
for half of a vinyl fence I would tell him to piss up a rope. The
last thing you want to do is get a neighbor mad at you if you can help
it. Piss them off and they will report every little thing you do for
I have the same sort of neighbors - good people, but best kept at a
distance. I've chosen a go-slow approach to putting a fence between us. I
first mentioned the idea a full year ago, and have repeated it a couple more
times lately. This has given them time to warm up to the idea, and I've
found that helps. As far as the cost goes, I'll pay for the whole thing
myself. I don't like to get into discussions of money with people I'm only
acquainted with because they just happen to live next door to me.
Bobby wrote ...
I totally agree. We have recently purchased a home and the fence on on side
is literally falling down. The neighbors were very nice about it and made it
clear that it faced them and it was our fence and we were expected to pay
for it. We will do that as soon as possible, it just irks me that their dog
bit my daughter through their broken gate and they have a bad attitude about
a fence. If I were them, I would worry about the dog. In every home we have
owned, we found that it kept us on best terms with the nieghbors if we just
paid for the fence and forgot their share. Only one guy insisted on paying
and he was a Muslim.The Christians on the other side refused to help or pay.
I needed to replace an existing fence on one side of my city lot, so I
just let my neighbor on that side know of my intentions about three
months before we actually did it, and we used the same holes that the
original posts had been in, so he didn't have to worry about the fence
If you live in a neighborhood without existing fences, then it probally
is not expected that one has to exist, and be paid for in joint.
Being on good terms with the neighbors is priceless. Tell them you have
concerns about your kids and the pool, and ask them how high a fence
they would be willing to accept. You might avert a fight by erecting,
say, a 3 foot fence and not "blocking their view", your kids probally
would not be able to vault it until they are older, and it is going
to solve the dog problem, since, even if the dogs feel like vaulting it,
the neighbors aren't.
When I built my fence, I went above and beyond what my neighbors would have
I designed and built my own wood fence which looks the same on both sides.
It has pressure treated posts/runners, cedar panels, and lattice work along
the top. The panels and lattice work are centered inside the runners and
held in with square molding. I did the same with the gates, except one side
has custom welded steel for the molding to support the gates so they will
Since I wanted a "fancy" fence, I thought I should pay for the entire
thing. Also I didn't want my neighbors telling me what type/style of fence
to build. And I wanted to "own" the fence and have the option of doing with
it what I wanted in the future.
As it turned out, all of my neighbors really liked my fence when it was
done. One neighbor liked it so much, she had me build a matching fence for
her property. Another offered to pay half (after it was done) and I said
not to worry about it.
So as it turned out, I improved relations with my neighbors with my new
fence. Since I plan to live here awhile, this is very important to me. Note
that I did get plenty of cakes, cookies, and pies (to maintain my strength)
from my neighbors while working on this project.
"Drummer of The Vibe" wrote in message
If my neighbor told me this I'd be steamed. The fence is a good idea for
him, but VINYL ?!?!
A nice wooden fence is another story.
I don't know what the neighborhood is like but in my Boston suburban
neighborhood a Vinyl fence would be considered an eyesore.
I recommend the movie "Blue Vinyl" about the environmental impact of Vinyl,
cradle to grave.
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