We are thinking of borrowing some money from my mom (adding it to the car loan I'm already paying on) to have a chain link fence put up on one side of our property and the front (there is a wood fence on the other side put in by our other neighbor when he built his place). She offered the loan (interest free) and it's something we plan to put money toward in the future anyway - it was just going to take us awhile to save up for it.
The main reason is peace of mind and to get distinct separation from our neighbor who is constantly encroaching bit by bit, year by year, on to our property. We just spent $1200 putting in the block retaining wall because several years ago he dug into the hill between our properties and cut into our side, which caused even more problems as the bank has sloughed off more and more and we've probably lost several feet of our property on that area over the years. He actually now has a car that is partially parked over the property line near the front by our garage. Some friends car he is storing for him and can't seem to find room on his 1.5 acres to park it. The second reason is it would be very helpful to have a fenced in place since we have 2 dogs now.
While we were putting in the retaining wall, discussion, of course, came up about where exactly the property line between us is. He, of course, thinks it's several feet or more into our side. This guy took out the property markers years ago - so nothing there to go by. BUT, we have them still in place on the other side and we clearly have a piece of property that is registered with the county at 152' in width (320' in length down between us) so when DH measured and showed him he was supposedly surprised. It didn't convince him to move the car, though. DH mentioned to him we will be putting a fence in one of these days - all the way down the length of the property. He didn't seem much to care for the idea. Years ago we put in a little gravel driveway on the back of his property from the road to his shop for him, and then continued it into the back of our property so we could access it that way. This arrangement was fine for several years but eventually all his "stuff" (think junkyard) was overflowing into his little roadway and we couldn't get though if we wanted to. No big deal - we weren't needing that access too often anymore anyway. But now, for some reason, he doesn't want us to block it off (but he doesn't want to move his stuff, either). Not sure why he cares, as he doesn't drive onto our property and we couldn't get though from the main road now anyway, with all his junk in the way.
More than likely he'll just use his side of the fence to prop up all the junk he brings to his property (he actually told DH this or that he would just put stuff on top of the retaining wall!). Not sure what we could do about that, but I guess it's better than actually having his junk on our property. I know the fence will be probably a foot onto the inside of our property line so technically we could tell him to remove his stuff from leaning on the fence, but then we are just dealing with a new problem with hm. At that point I'd probably just have to get the county or a lawyer involved, as it would most likely damage the structure of the fencing to have stuff leaning on it. We hope to put in tall privacy trees next spring to block seeing all his junk. Now that his son has pretty much chopped down every tree on their property - you can see it all even more now. We used to have more trees and natural brush separating us and keeping our view of their crap blocked.
DH is in the process of getting several quotes to have the fence put in. Hopefully we'll find one cheaper than the first quote! Because of our bankruptcy and finances we are pretty much stuck living here and getting this project done would go a long way to making it nicer and not have the junkyard (DH calls them "Sanford and Son") staring us in the face every time we step outside. DH has many times tried to nicely tell this neighbor we don't want his stuff on our property! Before we even moved here 20+ years ago we got a call from another neighbor that he had parked a 40' container on our property and just left it there. When DH told him to move it off - he was like "well, you aren't living here, what difference does it make?" This is the mentality we have to deal with.
It sucks living next door to slobs. There are a few, like us, in the neighborhood who have yards and some landscaping. Most don't, but at least they don't look like a junkyard.