Adding a Fence? Know These 6 Tips Before You Begin

A fenced in yard can help keep your pets in and strangers out. If you're considering investing in a fence, start here.

1. Do your research
Your HOA or neighborhood organization may have specific regulations about fence height, materials, colors and even the actual distance between fence slats. Make sure you know the rules before getting started. Also check with your local municipality and utility company to find out about any buried cables and lines or required easements.

2. Consult the professionals
Fencing your property may impact your home's appeal differently depending on your neighborhood, your home and your property. Talk to a real estate agent or an appraiser who knows your local market to help choose materials and where best to place your fence.

3. Chat with your neighbors
Remember, they have to look at your fence too. Consider letting the neighbors whose property borders yours know that you're thinking about building a fence. Also, avoid future disputes by making sure you're all in agreement about property lines before putting in the first post.

4. Match your house
Choose a fence that goes with the architectural style of your house. For example, you probably don't want to build a burly stockade fence around your quaint Victorian, or a rustic post and rail fence around your spiffy modern home.

5. Understand upkeep
If you're considering a wooden fence, be aware of maintenance required for the type of wood you choose. Some types require more frequent sealing and staining to help keep them looking good longer.

6. Consider living fences
Strategically planted shrubs and trees, like fast-growing cypress and pine, can grow into beautiful fences that offer privacy and double as attractive landscaping. Another advantage? That added landscaping could possibly increase the value of your home.

Dreaming of a home with a white picket fence? Start your journey by talking to an experienced agent. You can find one here.


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