Does a Fence Add to the Value of Your Home?

Making a few home improvements will go a long way in increasing your chances of selling the house. There are hundreds of homes available on the market and so for your house to be picked out, you need to sweeten the deal. Fencing is one way to improve the value of a home. But how will fencing enhance your chances of selling your home with an added value?
Installing a fence in your backyard for privacy purposes will increase marketability for your home with prospective buyers when selling. Homeowners with pets, such as dogs, may require a fence and could be reluctant to purchase a home without one due to the high cost of fencing materials and installation. For some the monetary value of a fence may not be the attraction, but rather the privacy and decorative benefits that a fence adds to the appearance of the yard.
A cheap or quickly thrown together fence may not bring the expected added value to a home. For this reason it is important to research the different styles of fencing along with their material costs.
When it comes to increasing home value, adding a fence that does not match the style and design of your home could be worse than having no fence at all. For example, a sleek, modern home will look weird if you use an ornate wooden fence while a quaint Victorian home will look out of place if you add a high stockade fence. So make sure you match the fence with look of your home in order to increase its value.Lattice Cedar Fence

Valley Mental Health Fence Installation

Valley Mental Health

CFC Fences & Decks has teamed up with Valley Mental Health to build a wood fence at the Tooele, Utah facility. A fence was needed to partition the property lines between the Valley Mental Health facility and a vacant lot next door. The property line stretches 440’ in length and the wood fence style chosen for the project was Canyon Winds. This type of fence consists of 6×6 posts, 2×6 rails, 1×6 trim, and 1×6 slats that provides a privacy fence that will be durable for years to come.

Valley Mental Health provides services for all ages of individuals who are experiencing serious mental illnesses, substance use disorders and behavior problems. Valley Mental Health mission is to be a leading community partner promoting and providing accessible, quality behavioral and physical healthcare and this is the reason why the Tooele County Commissioners have contracted with Valley Mental Health to provide such a great cause for the community members. CFC Fences & Decks is proud to be a part of the fence building for a company doing a great cause for individuals to receive help to recover from uneasy health problems.

IFA Fence Installation

RH Johnson – IFA 2100 S SLC

The IFA (Intermountain Farmers Association) on 2100 South in Salt Lake City, Utah needed a solution to keep their fertilizer products safe from larceny. IFA’s general contractor RH Johnson Construction choose CFC Fences & Decks to help with this situation by confining IFA’s fertilizing products with a strong and durable commercial iron fence. Fence chosen for installation to set up a perimeter around the fertilizer was the Fortress Iron Classic Pressed Spear.

Total footage on this project was 224’ that included 27 sections with 2 walk gates and 1 12’ double gate. The Fortress Iron fence installed is a three rail 8’ tall fence with pressed pickets for a spear top look. Post Ball Caps a product upgrade were installed on the posts tops that provided a more luxurious design. The interesting thing on this project was that our dandy digger tractor had to drill for post holes through 4” of asphalt for our installers to set posts.

IFA has been providing services for their customers since 1923 by selling reasonably priced agricultural products, farming supplies, and bulk feed. IFA stores are located throughout Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico. CFC Fences & Decks is glad to help IFA to secure their fertilizing products by building a commercial iron fence that will stand for protection for years to come.

Winter Installations

As the weather turns colder, it’s easy to turn our attention away from the outdoors. We spend less time in our yards and let some of our projects linger. But your fence doesn’t need to be one of them. Here’s why:

  1. Great time to get new fence or deck estimates. During the summer our business is in full swing. We have multiple crews out doing fence installations from throughout Davis, Weber, Summit, Salt Lake, and Utah Counties. Scheduling time for an estimate is more challenging in the summer. Once winter starts, our time starts to free up, so getting us out to do an estimate is easy to schedule and the installation starts soon after.
  2. We still install fences and decks during the winter. Fence construction is as easy to do in winter as it is in the summer. The CFC Fences and Decks crews are the most talented fence installers in Utah. We need to keep our crews busy year-round.
  3. Our prices are better.  Between the snow and cold weather in the winter, demand for fence lumber and labor decreases these savings are passes on to you through great winter discounts and specials.
  4. Less disruption. One of the great things about a winter installation is that in the spring when your neighbors are scrambling to get things installed you are already relaxing on your new deck or enjoying the privacy of your yard. The fence or deck will be ready for you to enjoy as soon as the weather starts getting warmer.
  5. Fence repairs. The strong winds we have in Utah can cause significant damage to your fence. If you ever have a problem, we do fence repair year round and work hard to get your fence back up.
  6. Mailbox posts.  Snow plows seem to aim for mailbox posts. Did you know it’s a federal law to have a mailbox? We build decorative mailbox posts and can install them quickly.

Even though it’s winter, there is no reason to stop your fence project from moving forward. Give us a call today.

Spanish Fork City – Iron Fencing

Spanish Fork City, Utah installs Fortress TITAN fencing for new fairgrounds

Client: City of Spanish Fork, Utah

Product: TITAN Fortress Architectural Fence by Fortress™

Project Details: The City of Spanish Fork opened a new fairgrounds facility in time for their Rodeo Days event in Summer 2012. The new structure represents a multi-year initiative to develop a new venue for the popular event as well as year round use of the grounds for other events.

The City selected the Fortress TITAN product to encompass the entryway to the building and represented approximately 400’ of fencing and 15 single entryway gates, a large cantilever and a large double swing gate. The height of the fence is six feet and the selected style is Flat Top (the top rail is flush with the tops of the pickets).

As an added bonus, The Fortress Company selected photographs from the project to include in their annual showcase calendar!

 

Provo Wetlands

Provo City selects CFC to install Cedar Split Rail fencing around Wetlands

Client: City of Provo, Utah

Product: 3-rail rustic mortise and tenon cedar split rail fencing

Project Details: In a competitive bid situation, Provo City selected CFC Fences & Decks to build a fence around wetlands in the Mountain Vista Business Park Area. The property is located at approximately 2900 S. State Street.

According to the requirements of an Army Corps of Engineers Section 404 Permit, Provo City is required to install and maintain a perimeter fence around 2.79 acres of wetlands plus a 50 feet buffer. The fence will be maintained in perpetuity by Provo City as part of a Preserve Area Maintenance Management Plan. The purpose of the fence is cautionary and to clearly demarcate the wetlands and buffer area.

The total footage of the fence was approximately 2,200 and included a single Power River coated steel gate. The fence was built in just about a week and completed in early January. Considering the weather we’ve had this year in Utah, there was plenty of snow to dig through, but we were relieved that the fence project was complete before the ground froze.

These types of projects give us an extra sense of accomplishment. We are always proud to support community improvement projects and fencing off a wetlands area in our own city was a proud moment.

 

Nelson Labs

CFC installs commercial grade ornamental fencing for fast-growing Nelson Labs

Client: Nelson Laboratories (Salt Lake City, Utah)

Product: Versai™ Commercial Panels, Ornamental Fencing by Fortress™

Project Details: Nelson Labs contracted our company to install approximately 800’ of ornamental fencing.  This is the second phase of fencing that Nelson Labs has had installed as it acquires more land to keep up with its fast growth. The other two project phases where of Trex Seclusions® Winchester Grey fencing was or will be installed: Phase I (2008/2009) – 625’, and Phase II – 500’ (2013).

Nelson Labs selected Trex for its strength, durability, and color. The product is an excellent solution for the abutment to their parking lot. The V2 ornamental fencing was selected to provide beauty but to avoid restricting the view into the property, thereby creating an open feel to the area which still providing security.

More about Nelson Labs.

The Final Walk-Through

The Final Walk-Through

On the day the fence is completed, if it is possible, we request the customer meet again with the crew chief and conduct a final walk-through of their fencing project. There are two signatures we request for our paperwork in the office file. First we request the crew chief of the installation crew to conduct his own final walk-through with his crew. Our final walk-through paper work has a check list that our crew chief needs to ensure are completed:

  • All posts are solid, straight and plumb.
  • Excess dirt and spoils have been placed where instructed or disposed of if applicable and as agreed.
  • The fence project site has been cleared of all trash and fencing debris, including tools.
  • Fence lines run smoothly and are cut correctly.
  • All slats and caps are plumb and nailed off properly.
  • Installed product has been inspected for damage or defects.
  • Fence follows contour of the ground with minimal gaps as possible and allowed by grade.
  • All gates are hung as requested, the gates swing properly and the gate hardware is adjusted correctly.

The final walk-through paperwork also requests a dated signature from the customer that includes the following commitments:

  • The customer has duly inspected the project and work site.
  • The contracted work is completed satisfactorily.
  • The terms of the contract have been met.
  • Final payment will be submitted as outlined in the contract.

If there are any concerns regarding the workmanship or product, the best time to address these issues is right then when the crew is still on site with their materials and tools.

In the unlikely event that there are any concerns that cannot be addressed immediately, both the crew chief and the customer should agree on what concerns those are in detail, note those concerns on the final walk-through form where indicated, and the customer sign and date that acknowledgement.

That way, we can address those concerns much more quickly and efficiently and both parties can close the open invoice as expeditiously as possible. 

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

http://www.co.utah.ut.us/Dept/Record/LandRecordsandMaps/WebAccess.asp

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

Salt Lake County Assessor

http://www.assessor.slco.org/cfml/Query/query2.cfm

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

Completed

Grading  
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  

 

Dispatching Crews

When we set the schedule with a customer we request they be available when the crews show up to conduct an initial walk-through with the crew chief to determine fence line, corners and post locations. The customer needs to know what time the crew will arrive at the job site.

Since the yard and shop are typically closed when the crews get back from a job, the first order of business for the yard and shop crews in the early morning is to unload any materials that are still on the crews trucks from the day before.

The load for the day is then loaded onto the crews’ respective trucks and the load is strapped down and secured. All of the required tools necessary to complete the day’s work order are also loaded onto the trucks. These are the items not already part of the general truck inventory like a jack hammer, concrete saw, bobcat with post-hole auger or other specialty tools and equipment.

When the crew men arrive at the shop around 7:30 in the morning, there is a job briefing with the installation coordinator and supervisors so that the crews know of any unique aspects of the job or special arrangements or work orders made with the customer. The trucks are then re-inspected and inventoried by the crew chief and crews to ensure all the necessary materials and equipment needed for day are on the truck. This all takes about 45 minutes to complete.

After leaving the yard the trucks are gassed up at a local station and then the crews are off to their project sites.

Once on the road there are some determining factors for the travel time to any job site. Our dispatch and yard are currently out of Provo at 543 East 600 South and the crews are leaving around 8:15 AM.

Most any job in the Salt Lake County area takes about 45 minutes to an hour travel time. This is depending on the traffic conditions or weather conditions which could extend the travel time. Traffic accidents and traffic jams will obviously cost the crew some addition time to get to a project. It has happened in the past, as with all contractors, that UHP will arbitrarily pull over a commercial vehicle that is loaded down with construction materials to check for safety issues. This can cost a crew up to an hour of time depending on the nature of the stop.

Going farther north into North Salt Lake, Davis or Weber County, or up into Wasatch and Summit counties will obviously take more time.

When the installation coordinator arranges with the customer the time that the crews will arrive at the job site it is with the understanding and discussion that all arranged times may vary depending upon many factors and that crews arriving to a project site are sometimes subjected to unforeseen contingencies.