Adding a Fence Will Increase the Value of Your Home
At one point or another, most homeowners think about adding a fence to their property. It is a commonly held notion that a fence increases the value of one’s property – this, however, is only half true.
Adding a fence to your property can most certainly increase its value. A fence is what defines a yard – a big benefit to families with pets and children. But a fence will increase the value of a property only if carefully considered and installed. After all, a house in the suburbs enclosed with an old chain link fence, surrounded by white-picket cladded homes, will more than likely decrease its value.
So, how do you install the right fence for your property to increase its value and guarantee a good sale down the road? Our fencing contract experts at Strategic Fence have a few tips to get you started on the right track:
1. Consider Your Neighborhood: Where is your home located? If your house is the only one on the block lacking a fence, it’s standing out – and not in a good way. On the other hand, if no other property in your area sports a fence, adding one to your home could be either good or bad. Being the only home in the neighborhood with a fence can give you a leg up come time to sell, but it may be best to consider only a backyard fence, or a more subtle enclosure. Talk to a fencing expert to find a happy medium. A fence can make your home fit seamlessly into the style of a neighborhood, but it can also make it stick out like a sore thumb.
2. Know Your Limits: Anyone who’s ever sold or purchased a home knows what a pain zoning laws and property boundaries can be. Something as minuscule as a driveway extending 6 inches into a neighboring property can create major hesitance in potential new buyers. Avoid this problem by doing your due diligence: before you build a new fence, look up your town’s zoning laws and refresh yourself on where your property lines are. Good fencing contractors should make these issues a priority as well, saving you from a big headache (and potential lawsuit) down the road.
3. Become a Style Expert: What comes to mind when you think of a fence? Wooden? White picket? There are in fact, hundreds of different designs and colors to choose from when it comes to fences. It’s important to narrow those choices down wisely, and with the help of a professional. The perfect fence should look like it was custom-built to compliment your home – not as if the two were sold separately. Consider the colors already incorporated into your property (exterior paint, window shutters, foliage, etc.). It’s important to chose the fence that accents the rest of your home. After all, it’s the first thing people see – especially that new family potentially buying your home in 10 years!
4. Pick the Right Fencing Contractor: Keep in mind that you’re not the expert, the fencing contractor is. Your fence and gate expert should start with what it is YOU want, and work from there. They should ask you questions, and answer all of yours. A good contractor will be able to make recommendations and suggestions that you may not necessarily have thought of on your own, and therefor guide you in the right direction. Your contractor should also have a wealth of knowledge on issues such as zoning laws, property boundaries, style, materials and more. And of course, beyond their knowledge, your contactor should be able to offer you a wide selection of materials and colors for your new fence.