How Much Value Does a Fence Add to Your Home?

How Much Value Does a Fence Add to Your Home?

There are many reasons to buy and install a fence for your Fort Collins home. A front yard fence can be its own decoration, adding a touch of order and elegance, especially the oft-idealized white picket fence. Fences can add a sense of privacy and convenience if you have children or pets, and if done right, they can add significant curbside appeal.

The reasons for adding a fence vary from person to person. Most Fort Collins real estate experts would agree that adding an ‘upgrade’ such as a fence with a gate adds value to any property. The question is how much you can expect to improve your property’s value by adding a fence.

Environmental Factors

Especially in Fort Collins, simply having a physical barrier between you and the many critters that call Northern Colorado home is never a bad thing. While squirrels, rats, mice, and worse can certainly get under, around, through, or over a fence, these animals will also more likely forage, nest, and meander in properties less encumbered by obstacles. It doesn’t require a scientific study to guess that properties with fences—possibly even decorative ones—are less likely to be infested with non-insect pests.

Even low fences can help protect landscaping and property from the elements as well. They can keep blowing snow at bay, impede invading plant life, and serve as windbreaks.

Pets and Children

Moving from an apartment to a house when you have dogs and/or babies on board is a dream come true. No more walking your dog around constantly with a thousand plastic bags in your pocket. No more confining your kids to four walls at every moment. Dogs can do their business in the yard, and children can come and go outdoors as they please…all because of a fence.

Privacy

Privacy means different things to different people. Some don’t want random strangers wandering through their yard. Some don’t want anyone to peer into their backyard, while others simply want a clear boundary between their property and their neighbor’s. You can put in a fence that will give you the level of privacy you desire. Fences, no matter the type, add privacy for houses in the country or the city, and with every type of front and back yard.

Defining a space is a form of privacy—it lets visitors know when they’ve crossed into someone else’s domain. Fences clearly define your property, so there’s no ambiguity.

Fences allow you to better plan your space, too, after you’ve defined it. With clear demarcation of what you have to work with, you can plan landscaping projects—another value addition—more efficiently.

In short, the exact value fences add depend on location and the needs of the buyer. People moving with kids and pets might pay more for the luxury of a fence, for instance. Aesthetic issues—such as whether the fence stands up straight, matches the property, is ornate—matter, too. But, there’s no doubt that installing a fence adds convenience, security, and definition to any property, all of which are extremely valuable.

WANT TO HIRE PROS FROM A FENCE COMPANY? BENEFITS OF INSTALLING A FENCE

WANT TO HIRE PROS FROM A FENCE COMPANY? BENEFITS OF INSTALLING A FENCE

One easy way to make your yard in Greeley more appealing and add privacy is to have professionals from a leading fence company install a fence. While a fence may usually consist of wooden stakes, it can also be anything that creates a boundary between your property and your neighbor’s property. What benefits can you derive from installing a fence in your yard?

The Neighbors Can’t Peak in Anymore

If you have neighbors who are outside a lot or you live in a neighborhood where the homes are close together, you may not have much privacy. Although your neighbors may not mean to pry, it may be unavoidable to see into your bedroom or watch you while you swim or simply enjoy quality time with your family in the yard. Your fence will make you feel better about living in your home while also protecting you from anyone who may legitimately be spying on you.

Keep Other People’s Pets Off Your Yard

While you may love your dog or cat, your furry pal may not extend the same affection for other animals. Dogs can be very protective of their owners and lash out if they feel like their territory has been invaded. Cats may become nervous and act out if they see other animals even if they are indoors. They may see the other animal as a threat, but they can’t take their aggression out on that animal. Instead, they may claw, hiss or swat at you or your other animals. Therefore, keeping other animals away can make life easier for your beloved pets as well.

Add Some Aesthetic Value to Your Yard

If you opt for a row of hedges or trees to act as a barrier, you could make your yard look nicer while helping to keep you safe. It could boost the value of your property or just give it a unique look that the neighbors are sure to appreciate and that you will treasure for years to come.

A professional fence company and deck builder in Greeley like Altitude Fence and Deck may be able to help you build the fence that you desire. Experienced contractors can recommend ideal materials for your fence, source them, and then install them in a timely and efficient manner. Opting for a professional installation may save time and money while also being safer than trying to do it yourself.

Sources:

Fence Etiquette: Tips to Avoid Neighbor Disputes, HouseLogic, March 23, 2011

The Best Garden Fence Design for Keeping Animals Out, SFGate

THREE WAYS A GREELEY DECK BUILDER CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR DECK

THREE WAYS A GREELEY DECK BUILDER CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR DECK

Are you planning to remodel your deck yourself? In an article for Time magazine, Porch.com editor-in-chief Anne Reagan suggests stepping back first and thinking about what your remodel will entail. Will your deck just need a few touch-ups, or do you want a total makeover? For complicated or detailed jobs, you might want to leave it to a licensed contractor.

If you’re still not convinced, here are various ways a skilled deck builder in Greeley can make a difference in remodeling your outdoor space:

1. Determining the necessity of minor vs. large-scale remodels

An experienced deck builder can assess if your deck needs only simple cleaning and maintenance or if it needs an extensive overhaul due to serious problems like mold and dry rot. The contractor may also offer free estimates for restoring a damaged deck, and advice on materials to make the refurbished or new deck versatile and long-lasting.

2. Improving the style of the deck

Aside from enhancing the durability and lifespan of your deck, expert-recommended decking products like natural-looking composites can also improve the deck’s appearance. If you sign up for a comprehensive makeover, the pro can suggest designs and accessories, such as a fence, to increase the outdoor space’s sophisticated look and feel or match it to your lifestyle and the rest of your home.

3. Assuring quality and satisfaction

Unlike in DIY projects, you can be confident in the workmanship of a trusted deck and fence company in Greeley like Altitude Fence and Deck. The company professionals are licensed and fully insured, while the services come with warranties to give you peace of mind while they work on your home, and to ensure your satisfaction with the results.

(Source: Remodeling Your Deck: When to DIY, When to Hire a Pro, Time, June 20, 2014)