Who Should Pay for the New Fence?

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You would be amazed at how many people don't bother to talk to their neighbors when a fence needs to be replaced. One owner of a Diamond Certified fencing company, sees this all the time. He says only about 50% of the time is the cost of the job shared 50/50 as it should be. That's usually because one neighbor is more eager than the other to get the job done. Another common neighborhood dispute involves trees.

Sometimes branches hang over a fence, and in a big storm, they can break off and cause damage. The person responsible for tree trimming and the damage is the one who owns the property where the tree comes out of the ground. If you disagree about whose property the tree is on, because you're not sure where the exact property line is, you may need to get a copy of the site map recorded with the county and/or hire a surveyor.