Don't Let a Fence 'Fence You In' When it Comes to Selling Your Home

By Keith Loria

If you’re in the process of getting your home ready for sale, you know that in order to get the biggest bang for your buck, you have to be willing to put in the time to ensure that your home looks its best. While it’s crucial that you pay attention to both the interior and exterior of your home, be sure to take every facet of the property itself—including that fence that’s been neglected over the years—into consideration.

Getting the most for your home means making sure that it looks its best and fixing up that fence is an often overlooked way that you can get your home looking better than it has in years. While installing a quality fence may help improve the property value of your home, one in disrepair will most likely greatly diminish its worth.

According to estimates from fencing companies, installing a fence in an average backyard can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $6,000, depending on the type of materials used and how fancy you want to get.

Agents will tell you that many homebuyers have fences on their wish list when shopping for a home. They may like the privacy a fence offers or want a safe and secure place for their kids to play. Fences are also a bonus for buyers who have pets that they like to let run out in the yard. Regardless of the reason, a nice looking fence is rarely going to be seen as a negative.

If you’re thinking of adding a fence to your property, what kind should you go with? People still dream of the white picket fence, but wooden fences are harder to maintain and even weather quicker. Because of this, vinyl has taken over as the popular choice these days. Not only do vinyl fences start out and stay white, they are basically maintenance free.

If you have a large amount of land, a chain link fence might be the best choice because of its price, however, they are visually unattractive and will eventually rust or warp. A split rail fence is another option. While these types of fences are typically found on rural properties, they are easy to climb over and may not provide the security you want.

Be aware that some communities have regulations about the height of fences, so make sure that any new fence adheres to the rules required.

For those who don’t want to pay for a new fence and need only minor repairs on an existing fence, there are several ways to clean up what’s already there. Start by replacing any missing or warped boards and then add a fresh coat of paint to restore it to its original color. Be sure to power wash the fence to get off all the wear and tear that has accumulated over time.

Remember, anything that adds visually to your property will add curb appeal, but anything in disarray or disrepair just looks like a future expense.

To learn more about preparing your home for sale, contact our office today.

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