Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, And This Fence Rocks!

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Home Inspector with Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

One of the folkloric sayings I studied in the Folklore class I took at the University of Virginia was the old idiom:  "Good fences make good neighbors."  May I add, and this fence rocks!

Fences, and forms thereof, have been the source of many things - property rights definition, containment, borders, lawsuits, fueds and even wars!

Much has been written about fences and neighbors - and whether they truly make good, bad or indifferent neighbors!

Well, it seems to me that it depends on the fence!

Here is one for the ages!

And so, can you tell me - what kind of a neighbor would this fence create?  The words wacky and zany come to mind! 

The construction of the fence is as bad as you are imagining.  The horizontal members are nailed with one nail into the posts, and tree!  The posts are buried in that small cement block, but the block is merely resting on the ground!  Yes, this fence rocks, so to speak!  It really does rock...  The posts holding the one gate (!) were buried in the ground, but I could rock them easily so they may have been only about 6" deep or so.  And the fence is delightfully fitted to the tree!

My recommendation:  when the property description comes with the phrase "fenced in rear yard," and there is no photo to show you what that means, you might take it with a grain of salt.  Have a look see before you decide that is a good thing!  And be sure to meet the neighbors!  Like that other folkloric "box of chocolates," you never know what you might get!

 



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Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

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Rainmaker
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Ed & Tracy Oliva
West USA Realty - Arizona - Pinetop Lakeside, AZ
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Jay: What is a fence for?keep out the good people,If you are to put up a fence then put up a fence.  E

Apr 11, 2012 04:01 AM #6
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Keep those neighborhood kids off the lawn, right Erv?  Or contain the kids in the house, minimally!  I don't know if you need a permit to put up a fence.  If so, the County probably never saw this one!

E&T - are you suggesting, kind sir, that this is NOT a fence?

Apr 11, 2012 04:17 AM #7
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Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC, Real Estate Broker/Associate with Real Living Real Estate Group www.LisaVon.com - Dallas, TX
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Good morning Jay,

This fence rocks....and rolls, and blows over in a good storm....LOL  If only as much thought and energy had gone into doing it right as putting up this mess!

Apr 11, 2012 04:28 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I wonder how many high winds, if any, this fence has survived Lisa!  It looks really new, so maybe none!

Apr 11, 2012 04:31 AM #9
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Debbie Gartner
Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Stamford CT - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring

Oh Jay yes, I can see why they wouldn't include this in the MLS.  It's definitely not a selling point...in fact, it's a cost and the seller should pay for the removal.

Apr 11, 2012 05:19 AM #10
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

The MLS did say the rear yard was fenced, Debbie, but in the photo gallery there was no photo the fence, for a reason!

Apr 11, 2012 05:32 AM #11
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

I don't really look at fences unless there is a pool. This one is quite comical

Apr 11, 2012 05:37 AM #12
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Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

Jay, while fences might make good neighbours, it seems that all neighbours do not necessarily make good fences...

Apr 11, 2012 06:00 AM #13
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Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
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Jay, Well that was well executed, or should there be an execution ; )

Ahh to be the lovely neighbor to have that to enjoy each and every day. That would go well with the blue tarp roof design ; )

Apr 11, 2012 08:40 AM #14
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I love to look at fences Jim!  They are usually very fun!

Chris - very good look at the flip side!  The neighbors must laugh.

Sorry, Don, but here the blue tarp is used for the aluminum shed (with the bent door) and therefore not available for the roof.

Apr 11, 2012 10:22 AM #15
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Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA
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Jay -- apparently the only reason for this fence was to (sort of) show a line of demarcation from the neighbor's property.  It clearly was not designed to keep any animals out, nor was it for safety or privacy.

Apr 11, 2012 12:31 PM #16
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I don't even think this fence was on the property line Steven.  It might have been to contain little dogs because in one corner they had chicken wire stuffed under the fence.

Apr 11, 2012 05:14 PM #17
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William Johnson
RE/MAX Associates - San Diego, CA
San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE
Hi Jay, When I first saw the photos I wasn't sure how you could think this fence was one for the ages, the answer of course is to keep reading, LOL. Loved it!
Apr 11, 2012 09:06 PM #18
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Eric Middleton
Closer Look Property Inspections Inc. - Uniondale, NY
Professional Property Inspector

Jay- to think somebody took the time,energy and money to install that fence is mind blowing!

Apr 12, 2012 02:36 PM #19
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

This is a fence for the ages William!  It's just not the typical notoriety one might be thinking!

Apr 12, 2012 04:25 PM #20
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Eric - I haven't been able to answer comments all day!  There was a glitch.  You are right!  That is a significant effort and the results were really weird.  I wonder why someone would spend that much time for such an end result!

Apr 12, 2012 04:26 PM #21
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Tom Bailey
Crystal Coast Realty & Home Services, LLC - Atlantic Beach, NC

Jay, This is a pretty bad fence, but I have seen worse. You can ride around in a lot of rural areas and see things that make this look good.  

Apr 12, 2012 06:30 PM #22
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I have too Tom, in rural areas, but this is in a neighborhood.  Interestingly I have an inspection right across the street today!

Apr 13, 2012 01:31 AM #23
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Reuben Saltzman
Structure Tech Home Inspections - Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis Home Inspections

After I built a large, solid, beautiful cedar fence in my back yard at my last house, I gained a new appreciation for having a well built fence, and I because a lot more critical of nasty fences.  

You say that fence rocks... that's putting it very nicely.

Apr 15, 2012 06:23 PM #24
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Gotta play with words Reubs!  I surely played with that fence!  Before my clients arrived I was laughing and having a pretty good time!

Apr 16, 2012 02:55 AM #25
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