When installing or updating a fence on your property, you have many choices. Besides your initial choice of which material you should use, you have to decide color, placement, and how you will integrate the fence into your property. If you choose the wrong fence, you can lower your property value. To increase your property value and make sure you can recoup the cost of the materials and installation when you sell your home, you should make sure you that the following things are true:
The Fence Is Made Of Quality Materials
Every option for fencing, from composites to decorative aluminum, has a gradation in quality. You do not always have to opt for the most expensive material, but you should avoid any materials that look cheap or have obvious flaws. Even if you are attempting a rustic feel with a split wood fence, you should still select strong wood with a consistent shape and size to create a uniform fence.
Similar to the quality of materials, you should make sure you use enough materials. Fence posts should be installed at regular intervals to make your fence strong. If you try to cut back on materials by increasing spacing, your fence can end up looking cheap or incomplete.
The Fence Is Well-Maintained
Wood needs to be regularly stained or painted to prevent warping, some metals need to be painted to prevent rusting, and even though composites and vinyl are relatively low maintenance, they can still use regular washing.
Additionally, breaks in the fence should be repaired and loose bolts should be tightened. Regularly maintaining your fence will prevent you from having to either get rid of it or pay for major repairs when you are trying to sell your house.
The Fence Is Appropriate For the Property
For many people, a chain link fence represents a dangerous area while a white picket fence represents the classic American suburb. In reality, fencing is more complex than the simple preconceptions you may have. For instance, you may need a chain link fence to keep animals in your yard and a future buyer may also have animals. Also, if your house is in the middle of rocky desert, a decorative iron or aluminum fence may look more appropriate than a white picket fence.
In addition to choosing the right look for your fence, it is important to select an appropriate placement. You may want to get a survey of your property if you are placing the fence near your property line. This allows you to maximize your space without causing a property dispute that could hurt the sell of your home. You also need to decide whether you will fence your entire property or just one section, such as a pool, garden, or the back yard.
The Fence is Appropriate For the Neighborhood
When thinking about selling you home, you should try to make it match the houses in your neighborhood. This does not mean your fencing choice needs to be the exact same as your neighbors, unless it is regulated by your home owners association. However, your fencing should provoke a similar feeling and be of a similar quality as your neighbors. For example, if no one in your area has a privacy fence, you might choose a less imposing type of fence, such as decorative aluminum with vines growing along it[,] as opposed to a composite privacy fence.
You should keep in mind that if your fence is too expensive for your neighborhood, it may drive the cost of your home up compared to similar homes and make it more difficult for you to sell.
Every feature you add to your property should increase its property value. To make sure your fence is not dragging your value down, select an appropriate fence from quality materials. For more information, contact fencing contractors in your area.