When you purchase a new home with even a modest amount of property, your house may not automatically come with a fence. Homeowners without children or pets do not always feel a need to erect a fence on their property.
If you are moving in and you do have children and/or pets, your first thought will likely be, how can I keep them safe? Fences are the obvious solution to this question, and they also give us much more privacy from surrounding neighbors. Yet, there are other reasons you might not consider initially when the question of whether or not to install a fence arises.
First and foremost, putting up a fence can increase the property value of your home should you ever sell it in the future. Installing a solid wood fence, cast iron fence, or concrete fence can actually increase the value of your property by as much as 50%. If you are thinking of installing a fence with the hope of adding value to your home, it’s always best to double check with your realtor once you’ve chosen a fence design.
A fence may also help to reduce your homeowners’ insurance premiums, as a solid fence is often viewed as an additional security feature (along with house alarms) by your insurance company. If you install a pool or set up a trampoline for your children, a fence will be vital in reducing your insurance premiums.
Beyond the impact it may have on your insurance rates, solid privacy fences are a wonderful safety feature, not just in protecting your children and pets from wandering off, but in protecting your home from any possible unwanted intruders.
Depending on where you live, your property may be vulnerable to wild animals. If you have a garden, a privacy fence can also help to protect it from raccoons and deer. Burglars would have a difficult time trying to conquer a privacy fence so this could be a potential deterrent for criminal activity.
Depending on your neighborhood and how many neighbors you have, a fence is also useful in confirming the boundaries of your property. It is an unfortunate reality that boundary disputes can arise between neighbors, but once you have determined the exact extent of your property, installing a fence is the perfect way to clear up any confusion about boundary lines and prevent possible disputes in the future.
Lastly, fences add to the overall aesthetic and “curb appeal” of your home. You may think that putting up a solid privacy fence doesn’t present an air of friendliness, but on the contrary, a fence is often considerate and neighborly of you to install, with helping to establish boundary lines and maintaining the overall look of the neighborhood.
You may not always have time to landscape or clean up kiddie toys from the yard, for instance, and with a fence, no one around you would be the wiser.If you’re interested in doing any gardening or other landscaping, you also have a bit more freedom with a fence to do so. Installing a good quality fence can be a more expensive investment, but it is well worth it given what it contributes to your property and overall lifestyle.
Contact us today to help with all of your fencing needs.