Many homeowners think about fencing and wonder if it’s worth the cost and maintenance. A well built and well-maintained fence can add curb appeal and value to your home but at a substantial price. Here’s a quick list of Pros and Cons if you’re thinking of fences this spring.
- An attractive, well-maintained fence can add curb appeal and value to your home.
- A solid boundary between yards can ease tension between neighbors – if they both want a fence.
- Fences can be a selling point for your home in years to come.
- Fences give you some privacy.
- A sturdy fence can keep pets and children safer from strangers and traffic.
- A fence offers some security.
- Fencing in your yard can prevent neighbors and strangers from using it as a shortcut.
- Some pet adoption agencies require a fenced yard before you can adopt or rescue a pet.
- In some cases, such as a backyard pool or water feature, a fence can lower your insurance rate.
Not to Fence:
- A fence is an expensive addition to your home.
(Ask contractors for estimates for various levels of fencing, some materials may be more affordable)
(Consult with neighbors to see if any of them want to split the cost of joint fence lines)
- Any fence requires some maintenance and repairs.
(Ask your contractor to steer you toward lower maintenance options)
- Fences that aren’t wanted by neighbors can be a point of contention.
(Negotiate a happy compromise when possible)
- Fences can isolate neighbors from one another.
- If your property has a utility right of way, your fence would be in jeopardy if repairs to poles or boxes were needed – at your expense.
(Consult your contractor about removable fence panels and double gates, or excluding the easement)