When it comes to fencing there are many designs, styles, shapes, sizes and colors. Fencing is also made out of many different materials, each having its own battles with time and weather. The problem is once a property is purchased or a fence is installed the fence usually doesn’t get much attention from the occupants. Wood fences go Un-stained or painted, iron fences and vinyl fences get dirty and moldy. The only fence type that stays looking good over time is high quality aluminum fence panels because it doesn’t rust and the modern finishes doesn’t oxidize or fade.
So how does fencing effect property value?
Most home owners don’t pay much attention to their fence do to their busy lives and the hustle and bustle. Fences that are broken, falling apart, paint peeling, rusty or just grungy, just goes unnoticed. They usually notice the fence need attention when a family member, friend or more then likely a neighbor brings it to their attention. A bad fence can bring down a neighbors property value just as quick as the fence owners.
If you look at your fence and quickly say to your self I need to do something with that, or Oh! That is ugly! That doesn’t look good! or anything like that, then your property vale and resale ability is suffering. Why you ask? Look at from this point of view. Say you’re a home buyer in the market to buy a new home. You see a listing and everything sounds good and from the vague pictures everything looks good. You drive by and the first thing you see is an old fallen apart fence. What would your first thought be. Probably! Oh if we buy this house there will be so much work to just getting it to look good. They already have doubt in their mind, and will use unconsciously to talk themselves out of buying your home.
Next is when selling your home or getting refinanced you will more then likely have to get your house appraised. When appraiser see this eye sore your property value just went down. And you neighbors property value went down as well if the fence comes close to their property. So if your fence looks anything like these rip it out. If you need or want a fence replace it.
After you decide the your fence needs help you have to decide if it can be saved or will it have to be completely removed. With wood fences, if it is structurally sound and it doesn’t have broken or warped boards a wood restore product and a fresh stain job could be all you need to do. But if it has very many broken boards or warped real bad it will probably need to be removed. Once removed you can decide whether to replace it or not. No fence is a lot better then a ugly fence.
Vinyl fence gets brittle over time and a good hit from a lawn mower or bicycle can do a lot of damage. The problem with cheaper vinyl fence is it colors fades. if you have to replace a section or piece it sometimes makes it more of an eye sore.
Older iron fencing was usually made with lower quality iron then modern day decorative wrought iron fences. The old styles without maintenance rusted and looked bad after 4 or 5 years. These models can be brought back to life with some work. Usually it requires sandblasting and a good high quality paint job. As mentioned before newer styles of wrought iron fencing panels have better metals and really good protective coatings to make them look good and last for many years. Just a good washing and touching up nicks and scrapes every so often will keep it looking good.
If you have a modern aluminum fence you probably wouldn’t be here reading this article, because they don’t require maintenance and unless damaged always look good because they don’t rust.
If you have to remove your fence it will take some work but we have found a few videos that shows a few tips to make it easier. Removing old fence posts that have been set with concrete is the hardest part.
Here is a neat little tool that will help also.
Once your fence is removed and you decide to install a new one you will have to find good high quality fencing to replace it. Fencing found at big chain stores like Home Depot or Lowes is usually not the highest of quality and workmanship. The best pricing and free shipping can be found at online fence stores like http://www.fence-depot.com or other reputable fence companies.
The next blog post we are going to get into more of the design elements of fencing and how they can effect the look of your property and raise your property value.