Before Your Store's Fence Goes Up: Protecting Your Business

Commercial fences, particularly those made of chain-link metal, present an economical way to block off your store from other stores or businesses in the area. Chain-link metal is easy to maintain and fits in the budget of most retail store owners. However, before erecting any metal fence, protect your business with these fence-related actions.

1. Check Boundaries

If you've owned your store for some time, it's easy to just imagine that you're an expert on your store's property boundaries. You might even have a fence already sitting where you plan to install your chain-link version. 

You should not assume your assumptions are correct, however. It's entirely possible that you misremember the proper boundaries or that the previous owner was mistaken when pointing out the lines to you. Should a neighbor survey, sell their property or want to put up their own fence and you were wrong about your own commercial chain link fencing, they will be within rights to ask you to remove your structure--and pay for that removal.

Therefore, ensuring the appropriate location of your chain-link fence is vital. Start by reviewing your own deed for the legal description of the entire parcel. A surveyor or fencing contractor may be able to help you select the best spot.

2. Read Zoning Rules

You're likely confident that your store is in a town zone which permits businesses. However, you may be not as familiar with the rules regarding chain-link and other fences in that particular zone. Stop planning for your own fence until you're read the rules; then you can plan accordingly. If you ignore any guidelines, the town will issue you ordinance violation fees which must be paid. This can mean less funds for other business tasks, so stay on the right side of your municipal rules.

3. Post and Provide Ample Notification

Your retail store neighbors and customers might be affected by the construction of the chain-link fence. Post notifications about the construction work to be done well before work starts so that customers can adjust their shopping plans if desired and so that your business neighbors aren't surprised. Construction materials and equipment can make some noise, and while other stores might not enjoy that, notifying them beforehand can give them the chance to determine how they will handle it. You'll improve goodwill for your business if you keep everyone aware of when work will start and when the chain-link fence will finally be installed.

Your new chain-link fence will clearly and visually separate your retail store from others nearby. These details and others must be communicated to your fencing contractor; their additional guidance will ensure protection of your business as you put up this structure


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