Preparing for Installation

Fence Project Preparations Checklist

There are many things to consider when building a fence. Once you are contracted to have your fence built by CFC Fences and Decks, you will receive a Fence Project Preparation Checklist: While some points in that form may not apply to your specific project, it is very important to carefully read through the checklist and ensure that any points that do apply are covered with the installation project manager and taken care of completely in advance of commencing the project. This definitely ensures a much smoother completion and customer satisfaction.

The checklist looks as follows:

Fence Project Preparation Checklist for Customers

Establishing and Clearing the Fence line

In order to determine where the fence line will run, please ensure that all property pins (property corners) are visible and accurately placed. If the pins are no longer available, you may be able to determine the location of your property line(s) from your plat map (usually included with your mortgage paperwork) or from your county’s online resources. You may also need to review the property line(s) with your neighbors and/or contact a surveyor.

Utah County Assessor

100 East Center Street, Room 1100 Provo, UT 84606
(801) 851-8295

Salt Lake County Assessor

2001 S State Street, N2300 Salt Lake City, UT 84190
(801) 468-3050

Summit County Assessor

[The county’s website provides property information but it is best to call or visit the assessor’s office for assistance]

60 North Main Coalville, UT 84017
(435) 336-3238

Each city has its own regulations and code requirements when it comes to such issues as sidewalk or curb offsets, visibility around street corners, height restrictions, etc. In most cases, your questions can be answered by calling planning & zoning offices for your jurisdiction or looking online for the codes.

Stringing a line: Once you have established the location of your pins, use the provided stakes and string line to create visual markings for the fence line. This will be very helpful for you to determine if there are any obstructions in the fence line such as sprinklers, boulders, vegetation, etc. Unless previous arrangements are made with CFC, the responsibility to clear the fence line resides with the buyer.

Sprinklers: CFC will not be liable for broken sprinkler lines that are within the work area needed to install the fence. If needed, we strongly recommend that you identify where the lines run to move them back at least 18” from the fence line to avoid potential breakage. Please turn off your sprinklers at least 36 hours prior to the installation. This will allow a full day for the ground to dry and avoid potential disfigurement of the landscaping.

Ensuring that the fence line is clear prior to installation is important to help us keep the project on schedule and avoid potential obstacles that will inhibit our ability to build the fence.

Other Considerations

It may be difficult for you to visualize how your new fence will look on your property. From our years of building experience, we’ve identified some of the most common elements buyers need to resolve prior to commencement of the installation project. The following considerations will help you make good decisions for the aesthetics, protection, and longevity of your fence.

Grading: Rough grade (i.e., grade within 1”- 2” of the final grade) should be completed before the fence is installed to ensure that the fence line flows smoothly and does not have any unnecessary gaps.

Removal of existing fence: If you are taking care of removing and disposing of an existing fence you will need to include the removal of concrete on all end and corner posts (and any concrete curbing if applicable). This step needs to be completed 2-3 days in advance of fence installation.

Preparation process

Initial walk through: A CFC representative will meet with you to discuss details about the construction of the fence, mark corner, end, and gate posts, and answer any final questions. A signature will be required from you to initiate the building process. All decisions regarding fence construction must be complete by the end of the initial walk through.

Hole drilling: A CFC crew member will come to your property to drill holes for the fence posts. Unless other arrangements have been made, one of our specialized small tractors with an auger will be used to drill the holes.

Post setting: A CFC crew will set the posts in concrete (unless other arrangements have been made) and allow the posts to set for at least 24 hours. Measurements for gates (if applicable) will be taken and other fence-building preparations will be made.

Fence building: A CFC crew will return after the concrete has cured to build the remainder of the fence. Normally, the gates (if applicable) will be hung during this time unless custom requirements have been made or our shop has a backlog. If necessary, CFC will return once the gates are complete to hang them.

Final walk through: A CFC representative will meet with you after the installation is complete to walk through the project. It is expected that you look at the fence to assure that all workmanship and materials are acceptable. A signature from you and final payment are expected when the project is completed as specified in the contract and initial walk through documents.

Preparation Checklist


Removal and disposal of existing fence/curbing (if applicable)
Property pins established in all corners
Other specific steps (e.g. moving sprinklers, concrete work, etc., if applicable)
Sprinklers turned off at least 36 hours prior to installation
Final clearance of fence line to enable CFC crew/equipment access


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