If you are thinking about selling your home soon, chances are your real estate agent has talked to you about what’s called curb appeal. That is, how the outside of your home appears from the street and how it can attract potential buyers.
There are many factors that go into curb appeal, such as your front yard’s upkeep, including plants, trees, and other greenery. Another important front yard element could be a fence. If you don’t already have a fence, or if your current fence needs to be replaced, you may be wondering if it’s worth upgrading it before you sell, or if it’s better to leave that for your buyer to take care of.
There are a few factors to consider when deciding if a fence is a project to complete before selling your house.
As with any home upgrade, adding a fence can come with a range of costs. Spending more doesn’t necessarily equal less maintenance and a longer lifespan. As of 2022, installing a new fence costs between $1,500-$4,000 on average, according to HomeAdvisor.
The cost breakdown includes materials, installation, permits, and other construction expenses. Consider the height of the fence you need, the best materials to go with your home’s design, and the best quality and color to align with your home’s decor. Your realtor can advise you about the best designs that can appeal to the most buyers.
Materials and Maintenance
When it comes to fence materials, real estate agents might advise you to pick wood or vinyl. That’s because these materials can be lower maintenance than aluminum or wrought iron. Vinyl can be easy to clean, while wood can be painted to match your home and can offer a high level of privacy.
Wood is generally the least expensive option and if you are adding a fence to sell your home, it can be a wise choice. Aluminum is expensive and low-maintenance and wrought-iron is considered more decorative, expensive, and higher maintenance.
Knowing what type of fence matches your home’s decor is one aspect to consider, but another is how it will help your home align with trends for houses in your neighborhood. Recycled materials are a trend that agents are talking about for 2022.
Color is another popular idea for fences along with front doors, and you can think about using a color combination with your front door and fence that can help your home stand out from the crowd.
Keep in mind that if you are updating your house to sell then you may not want to go too bold, to be sure you can attract the widest range of buyers.
It can be tempting to cut costs by going for a DIY approach, but it’s worth hiring an expert to install a fence to ensure that it will be in place to last.
When you are selling your home, you can advise buyers about how the fence was installed so they can contact the installer in case anything comes up and the fence needs to be repaired.
Adding a fence can be a key element of curb appeal for your home when it’s time to sell it. But you want to be smart about it to be sure you can get a return on your investment at sale time.