Fencing: Keeping Privacy in Without Shutting Buyers Out


 



 

Look out your window. Are you struggling with the sight of a worn-down fence that may not make it past the next storm? If the answer is yes, you may need to do something about it before selling your home.

While fences aren’t the first thing that comes to mind when considering must-have features of a home, they do play a role in how a home is perceived. An old, rickety fence is sure to leave prospective buyers with an unfavorable impression

While you can simply take down the fence and be done with it, it might make more sense to repair or renovate it if you’re looking to promote privacy and curb appeal. A fence can also help delineate property lines, protect the area around a pool, or confine a dog to the yard. It can also function as a security device to keep other people and animals out.

There are plenty of options when it comes to fencing in the 21st century.

  1. Silver-gray chain link: This standard fence is one of the most economical models. While affordability may be your goal, a chain link fence may not come across as appealing to prospective buyers.
  1. Polyvinyl: This option is also affordable and many experts agree that it is more durable and can withstands harsher elements than a chain link fence.
  1. Cedar: This fencing is growing in popularity for aesthetic reasons, although beige boards will weather to a silver-gray color if not sealed or stained.
  1. Traditional wood: While some like the old-school charm of a wooden fence, these fences tend to warp and rot from exposure to the elements or lack of diligent annual maintenance. Wood also requires frequent sealing to keep it viable.

Whatever fencing you decide to go with, just keep in mind that all municipalities have different rules and zoning ordinances in place regarding heights, and some fencing projects even require a permit. And if you’re part of a homeowner’s association, there may be additional rules regarding fencing.

As a last measure, painting an old fence can make it look like new and it is the most affordable course of action. Just make sure to fix any loose boards and remove any nails or pieces of chain as they could become a safety hazard.