Planning Boundary Walls and Fences

survey pegIt is important to check the boundary walls and fences policy with your local authority, before you erect your boundary wall, or you might be saddled with penalties and fines, and the possibility of having to tear down your boundary fences.  It is ultimately up to them what you can, and cannot do, as regards your boundary walls.

Boundary walls are one of the most controversial topics facing home owners.  Two very important issues are the position of boundary walls, and the ownership of them. All properties are surveyed and pegged when land is zoned for residential use. 

Generally the pegs are removed as soon as the land is built on, that is why it is important to ensure that the boundary walls and fences are correctly positioned from the start. It may be necessary to get a land surveyor to resurvey the property, if there is a dispute between neighbours over the positioning of the boundary fences.  The land surveyor will resurvey the property according to the official diagram that is lodged with the Surveyor General in Pretoria.

surveyorcheckingwallsYou are allowed to erect a boundary fence on your own property.  This does not only apply to the fence or wall, but also to the foundations which would be wider and longer than the wall itself.   Then the structure will belong to you. On the other hand, if you and your neighbour share the cost, then the structure should be erected so that it is on both properties.

If the wall belongs to you only, the law will protect the structure, should your neighbour decide to dig down next to your wall on their side, especially if it is likely to wash away the earth when there are heavy rains.  If the neighbour wants to do some sort of excavation next to your fence or wall, they would have to erect a retaining wall which would require plans being submitted for approval.

It is always best to check with your local authority as regards the height of the walls to avoid later problems.  Generally walls are allowed up to 1.8m without a plan having to be submitted, as it would be regarded as minor building work.  Some authorities do allow up to 2.1m, but it is better to be safe than sorry, so take the time to find out exactly what it allowed, as regards height and type of walling, and security features allowed.

If you need more information, would like to discuss your requirements, or would like a free quotation, please do not hesitate to contact us today.

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First Impressions Count

wall crumblingIn South Africa today, perimeter security is a major concern for homeowners, and if you are planning on selling your property then it is a very important point to keep in mind.

What is the first thing anyone sees when they approach your property?

Your boundary wall or fence.

First impressions count.   If your boundary wall is shabby, not properly maintained and is cracking or pealing, then it does not matter how well your house is maintained, the look of your boundary wall will be the impression indelibly printed in a potential buyer’s mind.

The impression will cause the potential buyer to believe that your house is not as well maintained as it appears to be.

It is best to repair or replace boundary walls before putting your property on the market.  That way you are assured of a much better price and an easier sale.

Your boundary wall or fence should always enhance and add to the aesthetic beauty of your property.  

Potential buyers will also be keeping their eye on the security value of the boundary wall or fence.  Your fencing or walling should not look distinctly inferior in any way to any of your neighbours.

This is when keeping up with the Joneses is an effective route to follow.  Security is important, so your walling or fencing should show that it is a priority for you too.  

It is always a good idea to go out of your property to take a really long hard look at your property to get the real street view of where your property stands in the security and aesthetic beauty of the area.

If all your neighbours have electric fencing and palisades and you do not, it will be immediately noticeable to potential buyers.  You do not want your property to stick out like a sore thumb.

Many property owners have chosen to raise their walls or fences by adding electric fencing or palisades to existing structures.  This enhances the security and is also aesthetically pleasing.

palisade on wallsAlways choose a quality product and a trustworthy team for all your walling needs.   Whether you wish to replace an existing wall or fence, or raise it to obtain more security, cutting corners can and will backfire on you when it comes to selling your property.

Your boundary wall or fence should always be something that you can be proud of and which will enhance the value of your property and add to its aesthetic beauty.

Country Wide Walling have been going for over 25 years in the walling industry, and are masters in their craft.   Speak to one of the consultants today to obtain professional advice as to what would best suit your needs.

Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your requirements, or for a free quotation.

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Setting Boundaries

surveyingIt is surprising that there are many people who do not know where the precise edges of their property boundaries are.

Sometimes boundaries are lost because the property has changed hands over the years.  You cannot just assume that the boundary is consistent with the existing fences that are surrounding it.

The basis of many disputes between neighbours is the exact location of the boundary of a property, or the perceived belief that a neighbour is encroaching on your property, either knowingly, or unknowingly.

In general the boundary fence belongs to both owners, and if necessary can be checked by a surveyor.

If a new fence needs to be erected, or an old one needs to be repaired, the cost should be split equally between the two neighbours.  Both property owners have a responsibility to keep the fence in good condition, and neither neighbour is allowed to remove the fence without the permission of the other neighbour.

There are some basic rules which apply to boundary fences.  

If you wish to remove or replace an existing wall or fence, it is very important to first consult with the neighbour.  Never attach anything to a fence without consulting with the neighbour.

The same applies if you wish to raise the fence/wall for more security, e.g. attaching lattice to the fencing.

angry neighbourAlways talk to your neighbour about anything pertaining the boundary fence/wall.  Ask for any agreement to be given in writing.

Should your neighbour be difficult and refuse to do their share, it is always best to first seek legal advice.
Talking to your neighbour is the best way, and will prevent any hostilities and unpleasantness.

As we have said before:   Good fences make for good neighbours.

Should you wish to erect a new wall or fence, or raise and existing one, please feel free to contact us and speak to one of our highly trained consultants.  They will be able to advise you on what would be your best option.

Or contact us for a free quotation today.

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Razor Spikes

razor point spikesIf your boundary fence or wall is 1.8m in height, you are able to attach extra security extensions. The total height should not exceed 2m.

Three dimensional razor spikes are very popular as anti-climb protection, and also suitable to top gates.

There is a Razor Spike designed which provides greater strength, and serves as both a physical and psychological barrier to any would be intruder.

These spikes are manufactured from steel and are heavily ribbed during the manufacturing process. This ensures ultimate sharpness and strength.

razor spikes on gateThe spikes are 11cm high and consist of 2 (two) rows of spikes. The inner spike is a thinner and stiletto shaped ribbed spike which is capable of penetrating a foot or any body part coming into contact with it.

The outer spike is barbed and angled outwards overhanging the edge of the structure to which it is attached.

These spikes are virtually impossible to climb over, and are a huge security feature, and have the added advantage that they are maintenance free.

Spikes can be fitted under electric fences, to ensure the extra security and impenetrability we all seek, in order to keep our property and family safe.

razor spike warningSpikes can also be installed under roofs to make it impossible for anyone to climb onto the roof to gain access to your home or business.

As spikes are considered extremely dangerous, they should only be added to walls or fences at a minimum height of 2m. At no time must they be added where there is a possibility of injuring pedestrians.

The spikes must be completely visible and must comply with local laws and regulations in regard to height and positioning. There should also be clear warning signs to prevent any bad repercussions at any time, should an unsuspecting person get seriously injured.

To discuss all your options, and aid in assisting you to make the right choices, or to request a free quotation, please feel free to contact us at Country Wide Walling. Our consultants will gladly assist you.

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We had our Concrete Palisade Fencing Erected by Country Wide Walling in July 2015. Although our fence was only 235m long, we were still treated as if we were one of their top clients. Service, efficiency and cleanliness were a priority for me, and Country Wide Walling delivered in all these aspects. If you want the best concrete palisade fencing company in the industry, then Country Wide Walling is the right fencing company for your walling projects.

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