I have a fence which is clearly mine, on my property, so I can do whatever I want to do with it, correct?
My 17yr-old 4-ft high wooden fence sides 3 other properties . . . back, right and left.
My back fence has been damaged this past winter due to snow pile-up or wind or who knows what. Truth be told, it doesn't really bother me except for, well, it's kinda . . . ugly. It leans into my property about a foot and it looks clearly damaged, so something needs to be done.
I had a handyman come over (for something else) and asked him to take a look at the fence and suggest repair costs/options. He said two of the posts are broken. He suggested that I call a fencing company, but they would probably try to talk me into getting a whole new fence . . . which I have no budget for, nor do I want to get bids on this project because my summer project this year is getting a new roof.
My other option is to tear it down. I have no need for a fence any more. Dog is gone, kids are grown and white-washing it every other year to keep it pretty is getting tiring.
Back door neighbors have a toddler, so I'm sure they appreciate the fence. The left/right fence in their yard is also other neighbor's fence. So taking my back fence down would cause a hardship on them.
My right side fence . . . I would love to tear down simply because right side neighbors (several owners ago) built their own 6-ft fence so there is a bit of no-man's-land between the two fences that is really difficult to maintain.
My left side neighbors are renters and have a dog. The other two sides of that property (back and further left) have fences from other neighbors. I doubt that the landlord will pay for a new fence here.
I could probably have my fence torn down with very little cost (with a little help from my friends and a bbq
) but tearing down my fence would cause my neighbors some hardship.
So, with that being said, what would you do?
Would you approach your neighbors prior to tear-down? What is the best way to do this? Would you ask your back-yard neighbor if he might be interested in repairing the fence? (Cheaper for him.) What about the left side neighbor who is a renter?
I'm really leaning towards tearing down at least two sides of my fence (damaged back and pain-in-the-neck right).