A fence is an excellent addition to just about any property. Fences can keep your family and property safe, by keeping out intruders and wild animals or by keeping pets and small children safely contained. A strong fence can also ensure your privacy as you relax and enjoy your outdoor living areas. In addition to all of this, however, the right fence can help you increase the value of your home and property.
Fences that are attractive, well-built, and appropriately positioned can add to the curb appeal of your home. A fence has to look nice and be sturdy and safe to increase property value, but the position also matters. A tall, privacy fence enclosing your back yard makes it look like your home has a backyard oasis, while in the front yard it looks like you’ve got something to hide. That privacy in the back can also obscure any less than perfect elements of the backyard that might discourage prospective buyers from even seeing the inside.
The utility of a fence will not be equal for all buyers. Some people simply don’t like the look of fences and prefer wide open spaces. If your home is in a family-oriented neighborhood or near things like schools or playgrounds that will be attractive to families, most of your prospective buyers will likely appreciate the added utility value of the fence. If a good, strong fence is already installed, it’s something they won’t need to shell out for later. Most buyers are willing to pay more than the cost of having the fence installed for a home that already has a fence since it saves them the time and headache of doing it themselves.
The monetary value (cost) of the fence is also going to play a part in how much value it adds to your property. Vinyl or aluminum fencing provides a good return on investment since most people who want a fence also want the privacy of an opaque fence. Wood also provides this but tends to cost more and not last as long. Wood also requires maintenance, and if you don’t perform this maintenance as needed, you won’t see the increase in property value that you could. Finally, the fence should be professionally installed. Properly installed fences are safer and better able to withstand wind and weathering. If your fence looks particularly DIY, it won’t add to your home value because buyers will assume they will need to replace it.
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If you’re ready to see just how great a fence can make your home look, you can rely on United Fence & Deck to meet them. We’ve got a reputation as a family-owned business for providing great service and prices throughout the Eastern Shore. We proudly provide our fence and deck services to Easton, St. Michaels, Cambridge, Talbot County, Dorchester County and Queen Anne’s County. Contact us online or give us a call at (410) 476-7073 for more information. For updates about our company, follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+.