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What You Need To Know Before Installing A New Fence

Many homeowners think that putting up a fence is as simple as getting the supplies and beginning the installation of their new fence. However, there is much more involved than that and what you don’t know could get you into trouble. Not to mention the money it will cost you if you don’t get it right the first time. Below are a few things you should know before you begin your fencing project.

1. The first thing you will need to do is to check your city’s code enforcement laws regarding fencing. You will need to know if they allow fencing, and if they do you will need to know if there are any height restrictions. Then you will more than likely need a permit.

2. You need to know your property line. This doesn’t mean you should guess. You should have your property line professionally marked according to your legal plat map and legal description of your property line. Your legal plat map can also be obtained from your tax assessor’s office. You shouldn’t skip this step; otherwise, you could find yourself having to remove your newly installed fence due to encroachment on to your neighbor’s property.

3. You are legally required to have the utility lines on your property marked before you dig. If you don’t, and you hit a utility line, you could be fined and will more than likely be responsible for paying the repair costs and any damages.

4. You will need to know ahead of time what quantity of materials you are going to need. That means you will need to know the height of your fence and how many poles it will take to complete your fence. When buying fence poles, you will need to remember that the poles will be buried approximately 18″ to 24″ in the ground so plan accordingly.

5. Determine how many gates you will need. Keep in mind that the taller the gate is, the more hinges it will need in order to hold it up and to keep it functioning properly for years to come. A standard gate uses two hinges; however, if your gate is over eight feet tall, you should use three to four hinges on each gate.

6. There are several different types of wood from which you can choose. Pine, spruce and cedar are the most popular, with pine being the least expensive and cedar being the most expensive. However, the cedar, even though it is the most expensive, will last the longest.

We hope you have found this information helpful. If you are thinking about buying or selling a home, talk with your realtor. Let him know that you are considering a move. He would be more than happy to supply you with a list of available homes in your area, as well as, a competitive market analysis of your neighborhood.

10 Decorating Tips for A Stress-Free Home

Create a Clutter Free Environment
Most people tend to store stuff they don’t really need such as piles of newspapers or trash bags full of garbage or outgrown clothes. Take a little time to designate a specific area or container for items that need to be taken out of the house and another container for you to place items that you bring home. Do you really need a lot of end tables and clutter in your living room? If you confined, then you most likely will feel stressed. Also, re-arrange areas that limit your walking ability such as a coffee table that fits close up to your couch. You will lessen the chance of stubbing your toes while trying to relax.

Have Less Lighting
Everyone knows that low lighting can be more relaxing. Rather than have a bright overhead light on in your living room or bedroom, bring in a few lamps to place around the room. You will instantly feel more at ease thanks to the softer glow of lamp lights.

Be Less Bold in Your Color Choice-
If you truly want a relaxing stress-free home to come home to then you should consider keeping bright colors and bold patterns to a minimum. If you want to add a little color that is fine, a bright red throw pillow or something on the couch is fine, but your walls should be painted a more neutral earthy tone. If your eyes are busy focusing on all the bright colors in the room, you will have a harder time relaxing. If painting a room isn’t something you want to do, then focus more on pale colored lamp shades, throw pillows, and other decorative items.

Express the Nature Lover in You
One very important decorating tip for a stress-free home is nature and incorporating natural elements into your home. House plants, mirrors across from windows and natural landscape artwork will bring a relaxing and fresh feeling to any room inside your house.

Surround Yourself with Home
You may also want to consider putting a favorite item such as an old cabinet with photos of your family on it, a vase of flowers etc. near your front door or the main area you walk into when you first get home. This will remind you that you are home as soon as you walk in the door and you will instantly feel more relaxed. This idea can also be incorporated into other areas of your home. It is always good to “feel at home”, your photos and other favorite things will emphasize the “home” feeling.

Say Good Night to Electronics
If you have a TV in your bedroom or a computer that stays on all night or blinks while in standby mode, you are telling yourself to stay awake and not relax. This will increase your stress level throughout the night cause you didn’t get the sleep you should have and the next morning, you will start the day filled with tension.

Create Your Idea of Paradise
In your bedroom, living room; bathroom, etc. wherever you want to feel at ease, surround yourself by the essence of paradise for yourself. If you love walking on the beach during the summer months, why not surround yourself with things that remind you of those long walks? If your idea of heaven is a mountainous terrain or a cabin in the woods, bring in rustic furniture or paintings of trees and mountains, gentle streams, etc.

Pets Help with Relaxing
Incorporating a fish tank into your home will also serve to create a stress-free area. You will enjoy sitting back watching your fish swim around their tank and it will calm you. If space allows, other pets can relax you as well. Everyone loves to come home to a welcoming committee and your beloved dog or cat can do as much for you as your spouse and children

A Corner for Yourself
Create a corner or a special area inside your home for you to go to when you need a moment to unwind. This can be in the bedroom or a spot in the living room. Tell your kids that when you are in this area that you are taking time to relax and ask them to not bother you while you are there.

Natural Lighting Sooths the Soul
Eliminate the dark window blinds and curtains in your home, even in the bedroom. You will feel more at ease and peaceful waking up to natural light coming in the windows. You will also be more willing to wake up when the alarm clock starts buzzing because your body will see the morning light and take it as a clue to get the day going.

When considering all the tips for decorating stress-free home, it can be as simple or as complicated as you want. Nothing has to cost you a fortune and there is nothing you shouldn’t do while creating your haven as long as you feel relaxed when you’re surrounded by it.

Author Bio- This post has been written by Tresssy Jones. She loves to write about Home Improvement. She is evangelist at Atlanta Ductless Air Conditioning. They provide best heating and air conditioning services.