How to Remove a Fence

how to remove a fenceHas your fence turned into an eyesore that’s just got to go and now you want to know how to remove it?

At some point fences get damaged beyond repair. You either have to remove it yourself or have it removed by a professional fence contractor. Once it’s gone, you can replace your old, decrepit fence with something a lot more attractive.

However, removing a fence isn’t as easy as heading outside with your hammer, as tempting as such a move may be. There are several steps you’re going to need to take before you can proceed if you want to remove your fence safely – and without incurring fines from the city or getting in trouble with your neighbor.

  1. Make sure you actually own the fence. Was it there when you moved in? Then there’s a 50-50 chance that the fence belongs to your neighbor, and not you. If you go tearing it down before you’ve figured out which is which you could be in for some trouble! Talk to your neighbor before you proceed. Don’t worry. If the fence is truly an eyesore your neighbor might actually feel happy to see it go, especially if you’re willing to foot the bill for the improvement.
  2. Check with the city. Sometimes you need city approval before you can remove a fence. Here in Milwaukee you’d have to get a permit to build a new fence anyway, so you might as well kill two birds with one stone by checking on both parts of the process at the same time.
  3. Contact local utility companies to make sure you won’t be in danger of knocking out gas, phone, and electrical wiring. The quickest, easiest way to do this is to visit The Wisconsin Diggers Hotline or call them at 811.
  4. Make sure you understand the proper way to remove the fence posts. Most fences use concrete and gravel to actually anchor the posts. If you don’t have the right equipment or the right techniques you could seriously hurt yourself while trying to remove the fence posts. You could also cause significant property damage in trying to remove them.

As you can see, there are a lot of issues involved in removing a fence! Though a DIY impulse is admirable it’s usually best to leave it to the pros. By working with a fence company, they can help remove the fence professionally without all of the stress. Contact us online or call us at (262) 251-6766 to get a free estimate on your beautiful new replacement fence!

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