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

Communication is Key

When deciding to build a new fence, you must always keep in communication with all parties involved, whether it is neighbors, spouses, etc.

Sometimes, one spouse is involved with the initial estimate, but another may be the person walking through the project with the crew when the project is started. These people must communicate with each other the ideas they have about the project. Occasionally, the expectation one spouse has is not the same as the others’ ideas. This creates confusion for the installers, and can cause frustration if a part of the fence was installed differently than the other spouse wanted.

Usually, a property shares property lines with the adjacent neighbors. Because of this, any neighbors should be informed if a fence is being built, or if a fence is being taken out for a new one to be installed. Animals should be contained so they do not get involved with the fence installation. And neighbors may need to help clear any fence lines to allow for an easy installation.

In short, communication is always extremely important between all involved parties so the expectations of the fence can be properly set, and frustrations will be lessened.

Splitting the Cost of a Shared Fence Line

It is very common for abutting neighbors to share in the costs of a new fence line (and make the project more economical for all parties involved). When approaching a neighbor about sharing the cost of a fence line it is a good to ask your estimator(s) to figure those cost for you – so you can show the neighbors those figures and not a number that you have came up with. If there are kids or dogs involved the neighbor(s) will be more likely to want to participate in a new fence project (especially if the old fence is dilapidated). There are times when the home owner wants a more upper end fence style (Trex®, Simtek®, Fortress ®, or a more upper end wood (Cedar) fence style) and the neighbor may only be willing to split in the cost of a lower end fence style (that may match the existing fence that is being removed) – if that is the case ask your estimator to figure those costs for you – we would be more than happy to do that. When there is an existing fence line that needs removed we can also figure in those shared costs (not just the cost of the new fence). In some cases the shared lines may not be on the property line because of obstacles – such has retaining walls (rock walls), trees, utilities, pads, etc…  There are times when a survey may be needed – or there may be existing survey pins and a metal stud in the curb (in newer subdivisions).  But both parties (of a shared line) still receive the privacy that a fence line offers – even if it’s not exactly on the property line.

 

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