|Neighbor measuring for deck|
Spring is here and so is the season to add a fence or deck! It seems like everywhere I turn, someone is adding one or both to their home. It is nice to see all the different styles that people decide on and how it enhances the look of the yard.
As you know, we have a small little backyard (not uncommon for our area), but we knew right away we needed and wanted to add a fence. After getting a few quotes, we have our guy. I should also note that we are pretty restricted as to what type of fence we can install. According to our HOA documents, we have to install the white vinyl fence and no wood is allowed. It's a restriction based off where we are located within the community. I thought vinyl would be cheaper...ha...fooled me again. Since starting this fence process, I have learned a lot. Both, wood and vinyl, come with their own set of pros and cons. Vinyl is less maintenance in the long run but there are surely more options with wood. Be sure to get what is best for your needs and wants.
Sidebar: If you live in a townhome, go ask your neighbors if they too would like a fence. Most companies will give you a discount if they can do more than one fence at a time. This way, you can save a few bucks by sharing the cost of connecting fences. If you like discounts like I like discounts, this pointer will be your friend!!! Our example of cost savings is as follows: our connecting fence is 18ft long. Instead of us paying the full cost of 18ft, we are paying for 9ft and my neighbor is paying for the other 9ft. If you have to share a fence anyways, why not share the fees too right?
The good thing about the guy we decided to go with is he had recently quoted my neighbor a few days prior to us calling him out. This was great! The fence guy and I went over to my neighbor's home and had a great conversation about getting this work done. It worked out for both of us and I can't wait to see the finished product. We have some travel coming up soon, but once completed, I will update you.
My neighbor will also be getting a deck installed, but there are lots of options that we have not yet discussed. I am sure this will be a future project for us, but likely not this season. So far we are looking at deck quotes in the $12K-$13K range. whew... Perhaps once the BBQ season pass, I can get a nicer quote.
Are you all thinking about adding a deck or fence? If so, what are your thoughts on vinyl vs. wood? If you have already added one or both of these, what has been your experience?