Fences do a lot of things for a home. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, but they also add some privacy to both front and back yards alike. If you own a single family home with a yard or you’re thinking about buying one, the “fence” idea might have popped into your mind at least once or twice. Whether you don’t have a fence at all or you’re looking to replace the one you currently have, it’s important to know if fences add value to a home or not. While the answer might not be that simple, there are a few ways to ensure that you have a fence that’s both gorgeous and valuable. 

Ask Yourself if You Need a New Fence

If you recently moved into a new spot that has a fence but it’s a little run down or if you don’t have a fence at all, assess your yard situation. Additionally, if you’re buying and selling a house at the same time, and the new place doesn’t have a backyard, understand that a fence might not be that necessary. Unless you have a dog who you might want to keep in, fences in the front yard aren’t going to add too much privacy or security. However, one can still be valuable if it’s clean and matches the house. If you have a backyard, especially one with a swimming pool, then a fence is almost always necessary for both privacy and extra security.

Work With a Reliable Installation Company

If you do decide to move forward with a fence, don’t hire someone who isn’t going to do a great job. Hiring a fence installation company might sound like an overwhelming task if this is your first time, but there are a few ways to find someone who is going to work well with your situation. When searching for a company to hire, make sure to do some research first. Look through a few websites and read through their reviews, call them to ask for both their experiences and a quote, and look towards friends and family for some suggestions. Don’t be discouraged from shopping around as it might take a few calls to find a company you feel the most comfortable with. 

Make Sure the Fence Works for the Property

Not all fences are going to be the same and not all of them are going to increase the value of your property. While one type of fence might work perfectly for one home, it might not work at all for another. For example, if you live in a home with a large backyard, a short picket style fence might not do the trick. Do some research on what other homes in the area have been doing with their fences, and consider doing something similar. You can still have a unique fence without it being way too “abstract” and thus detracting from the property value. 

Bottom Line

At the end of the day, fences will add value to a home if it’s done right. Only install a fence that works with a property and hire a fence installation company that you can rely on. Further, use a home appraisal company to determine how much value a fence will actually add!