One of the questions that we receive on a regular basis is whether or not adding a fence to the landscape will increase the value of a home. Since that’s a pretty important question we thought we’d work to answer it in today’s post.
As is often the case, there’s no straightforward answer to this question, however. It depends on a couple of different factors.
However, being aware of these factors can be very helpful, especially if you’re trying to decide whether to have a new fence built, or if you’re trying to decide whether to invest in the repair of an older fence. Even if you have no plans to move in the immediate future it is still good to know how you might ultimately impact the value of your home.
Consider Neighborhood Styles
If you’re the only person in the neighborhood without a nice privacy fence hen your home will absolutely be less attractive to home buyers. Bu you should also consider the other fence styles in your neighborhood.
For example, if most people have custom made northern white cedar fences you’re not going to increase he value of your home by slapping in a basic chain length fence or rustic horse fence. People may even believe that your fence is an eyesore and make life difficult for you after putting it in.
Many neighborhoods even actively work to maintain a certain aesthetic. A fence contractor can help you look over your options while taking this aesthetic into account.
Consider the Condition of Your Fence
If you already have a fence, take a moment to consider the condition that it is in. Have you pressure washed it lately? Have you been careful to re-stain it when it needs to be re-stained?
Is it sagging or in danger of falling over? Is there graffiti that needs to come off of it?
A fence that has not been properly maintained is absolutely going to reduce your home’s value. You need to get it repaired or replaced right away.
The Bottom Line
For the most part, a fence is going to be a plus. It’s certainly helpful for anyone who has dogs or kids. As long as you’ve got a high-quality fence that matches the rest of the neighborhood it is hard to go wrong.