A fence is a big expense, especially if your property is big. That is why you don’t see solid fences in open fields or ranches with miles of land (wire fences are much less expensive). However, a fence adds many benefits to a home.

Benefits of fences:

  • Security: A fence is a crime deterrent because it is a boundary. People cannot aimlessly wander into your yard. It is a barrier between them and your front door. It also keeps in things that need to be safe, such as children and pets.
  • Privacy: Having a privacy fence in the backyard is not just to keep the kids in. It’s also so you can sunbathe! Although both of those things are true, the more likely reason to have a privacy fence is so you can have backyard bbqs without the neighbors watching. They make it easy to have a cup of coffee on the back porch without having to take off your robe and put on real clothes.
  • Attractiveness: A huge benefit of fencing is that it can be aesthetically pleasing. But beware of the fence that isn’t because a few have turned out to be eyesores. The fence should match the era of the home, and putting a picket fence around a modern home is as odd as a large, solid, brick fence around a very small home. It should fit.
  • Cleanliness: You may not have thought about how fencing keeps your yard clean, but it really does! Say a windstorm knocks down the garbage cans on garbage day. Guess where the garbage isn’t going to blow? It also stops people form walking through your yard or letting their dogs leave stinky little presents.
  • Selling Power: Lastly, you’ll sell your fenced home a little quicker than an non-fenced one. For all of the reasons above, people like fences, and they’ll like your home a little more if it already has a fence. Buyers are often spending more money when they purchase a home, so the expense of putting up a fence can make or break a deal.

With all of these benefits, it’s hard not to add a fence to a yard, but people selling need to be warned. It will not increase the value of your home, or if so, not by much. You won't likely recoup the cost of the fence. So if you are thinking of moving in the near future, put the brakes on the fence plans and let the next homeowners do it. But if you are going to be there for a while, put up a fence! You will enjoy the benefits, and it will help your house sell in the long run.