Prevention is always better than cure. If you plan to put up a new fence or wall or plant a new hedge, try to talk to your neighbour about it. In that way, you will hopefully put his mind at rest.
When putting up a fence, custom dictates that the posts are entirely on your land and the face of the fence, points to your neighbours. It is worth is giving up an inch or two of your land to avoid it going onto next door and creating a dispute. This is especially so since you will need cooperation to be able to repair the fence from your neighbours land. Ensure it complies with Planning Regulations – ring them first.
If you are using Larch Lap fencing, where the panels sit between the posts, then make sure that the entire post is on your side of the boundary and that the top strip overlaps the lower strip on the fact which point towards your neighbours.
There are lots of disputes over boundaries and their heights and so, if you can, always speak to the neighbour first if you are going to alter a boundary or grow something through it. I know it’s not always possible, but everything is so much easier if you get on with your neighbours. Communication is the key.
Always make certain that the boundary fence you wish to improve is your fence. We would advise you not to ‘improve’ your neighbour’s fence in any way, including the application of stain or preservative unless you have their written permission.
The following daunting selection of laws governing boundaries is important to know about, so do read it through before you start altering your boundaries.