If you're taking the initiative to install your own fencing, don't jump into the project just yet. Before you clutter up your yard and start the major construction, you should be sure that you and your yard are properly prepared for the upcoming project. Here are 5 ways to prepare for the installation job you have ahead of you.

Know the Material

First, be familiar with the material you'll be using. Different materials have different methods of installation and require different tools. For example, if you're working with wood, you'll not only need nails, but wood treatment and paint coat as well. When in doubt, go to a wood fence store in Orlando, FL, and ask a professional what materials you'll need, as well as any tips they might have for your project.

Gather Your Tools

Next, make sure you have all of the tools you’ll need for the project. As mentioned above, this is going to be closely related to the material you’re working with, but there are some universal tools you will need like a post hole digger, saw, hammer, safety gloves, glasses, etc. The specific tool you will definitely need if stick building your fence is a nail gun. If you are using prefabricated fence panels, you can use a hammer and nails to nail your fence sections to the posts.

Measure and Mark Carefully

Carefully measure the perimeter of your property and mark exactly where the fence will be installed. This should never be a guessing game or a time to just "eyeball it". Installing your fence in the wrong place can lead to issues with property lines down the road. Additionally, a careful measurement will help you to ensure that you have enough materials for the project.

Dig Deep

Before you even bring in the fencing materials, you can dig out the holes for the fencing. In order for your fence to be strong and secure, you'll want to ensure that it has a nice, deep foundation. If you're using a prefabricated fencing kit, the instructions will tell you how deep you'll need to dig. If working with scratch material, the depth of your foundation will depend on the height of your fence, so do a little research to find the right depth for your particular project.

(Note: After installing a few fencing panels, you can lean heavily against the fence to check that the foundation is deep enough. It should be able to withstand heavy pressure without trouble.)

Clear the Area

Finally, make sure you have enough space before you start hauling in the materials. Store your patio furniture if you need to, and have your kids keep their toys in the garage for a few days. A clear, uncluttered yard will not only leave you more space for setting out the materials, but it also makes for a much safer worksite. Make sure to keep kids and pets away from the old wood fence. Rusted wood nails could be exposed so it’s best to take extra precautions. Now, you're completely prepared to install your wood fence in Orlando, FL.