We've all heard the saying, "Great fences make great neighbors".
But, with the average cost of installing a fence being $1641 to $3963, you're probably wondering if "being a great neighbor" is really worth it.
The truth is that installing a fence offers you a lot more than just privacy from your neighbors.
In fact, there are many benefits to putting up a fence around your home.
Check out this guide to learn why you should put up a fence.
1. Added Privacy
Since we've already touched on this benefit in the intro, let's discuss it first.
When purchasing a new property, privacy is one of the most important things that people take into account. Whether you're watching a movie with your family or just sunbathing in your backyard, it's comforting to know that someone isn't watching you.
Also, it's nice to know that you can relax outside without having to watch Mr. Wilson do his morning yoga routine across the yard.
Plus, there are many varieties of fences you can install to control the level of privacy around your home.
For those who don't want to completely shut themselves out from their neighbors, you can install a low-level chain link fence. If you want more privacy around your home, you can install a wooden fence that extends above your head. (You can learn more here about what fence material offers the best privacy).
By installing a fence in your hard, you can choose the exact amount of privacy you need to feel comfortable in your own home.
In addition to privacy, adding a fence to your house also provides additional security.
This is especially important if you have children or pets. You don't want your pets wandering out of the yard or your children chasing a ball down the street without looking.
By installing a fence in your yard, your children and your pets will have clear boundaries for where they're supposed to play. Plus, this prevents you from having to keep an eye on them at every second.
Also, although a fence can't completely prevent outsiders from entering your property, it can greatly deter them. By leaving your backyard unfenced, you leave it open to unwanted strangers who can easily walk in and steal your patio furniture or other things from your backyard.
Plus, intruders who have a difficult time getting into your backyard may assume that they'll have a difficult time breaking into your house.
By putting up a fence, you keep your children and pets safe and you keep unwanted strangers out.
3. Adds Value to Your Home
If you plan on selling your home someday, installing a fence can help add some serious value to it.
As we mentioned earlier, installing a fence can cost thousands of dollars. Homebuyers know this and will, therefore, see the value in having a fence already there when they move in.
Plus, fences are relatively easy to maintain. This makes them a great option for homeowners who want to add value to their home but don't want to deal with all of the maintenance that some home projects require.
4. Curb Appeal
When people think of curb appeal, they often think of how the landscape or the driveway looks.
But, installing a fence can add some serious curb appeal to your home. There are all kinds of fence designs out there, and it should be pretty easy to choose one that suits your tastes and complements the decor of your yard.
Plus, as your fence ages, a fresh coat of paint to it can help transform your entire backyard.
When people picture the ideal American home, they often picture a house with neat trim and a white picket fence around it. By adding a fence to your house, you could transform it into the "ideal American home".
5. Boundary Lines
Neighbors have gotten into huge battles over the years of where their property lines end and where their neighbors' begins.
In fact, just recently two people were killed over a property line dispute. Unfortunately, this isn't the first case of something like this happening.
Installing a fence is a great way to prevent unnecessary property disputes happening between you and your neighbors.
In addition to marking your territory, installing a fence is a great way to help you figure out how much space remains on your property.
This means that later down the road when you wish to do renovations or remodels, you'll know the exact amount of space you have to work with. This can help make the entire process much easier.
7. Prevention of Noise
While fences can't completely drown out noise from the outside, they can help diminish some of it.
This will help to keep a peaceful environment in and around your home.
8. Great for Gardeners
If you love to garden, installing a fence is practically a must.
For starters, it will help to keep unwanted creatures (we're talking rabbits, squirrels, dogs, and humans) from entering and destroying your garden.
Plus, a fence can provide a boundary for your garden so you know exactly how much room you have to work with.
And, you can even build part of your garden onto your fence. In fact, you can even hang plants on your fence for some extra aesthetic appeal.
Putting Up a Fence: Are You Ready to Install?
As you can see, there are many benefits to putting up a fence around your home.
And, as we mentioned earlier, all of these benefits come with very little work. Once your fence is installed, it will be very easy to maintain. If you ever want to spruce it up, all you'll need to do is add a couple coats of varnish and it'll be like new.
If you have any questions about installing a fence, let us know in the comments below.
And, be sure to check out our site for more tips and tricks for homeowners.