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A well done fence project won’t just provide security and
privacy, but also increase your home’s curb appeal and re-sale value. So to
fully reap the benefits of installing a fence, be sure to keep these 10 tips in
mind:

1.Know the neighborhood’s rules and regulations.

Check with your local HOA and city
regulations to make sure that any features of your project aren’t violating any
codes.
2.  Know what style you want.
Knowing what particular look or
style you want your fence to fall under is an important step to complete before
even buying the materials. Having a consistent mental image of what your fence
should look like when it’s completed will help keep you on track for your
entire project, as well as ensure that the final look is consistent.
Without a consistent theme or
style in mind, it will look like your project is wearing stripped pants with a
flannel shirt. It will clash and hurt your overall curb appeal.
3.  Choose the right materials.
Once you know which style you want
to pursue, choose the appropriate materials. Depending on the style, this step
will obviously vary. While most projects use some sort of Cedar – as it has an
incredibly high, natural resistance to things like mold, rot, decay, and even
insects – there are other options available like vinyl.
4.  Changing materials for certain sections.
This can be a beneficial step for
those on a tighter budget. For example, to increase curb appeal, having a high
quality Ranch Rail in your front yard will suffice. But if you’re on a tighter
budget, when the fence reaches areas that aren’t as visible (a fence wrapping
around to the back yard) is when you can make a transition to a less expensive
material.
5.  Utilize plants/greenery.

Before you add any plants, check
with local building codes and neighborhood fence rules, as covering your living
walls might not be allowed. If you are in the clear with your HOA, landscaping
can be used to protect features of your property and even help with marking
property lines.
6.  DIY approach is fulfilling and exciting,
but we can connect you with a professional if need be.
There are great feelings of pride
and fulfillment by tackling a project like this by yourself. There will be a
much stronger, emotional connection to your fence if you take the time to DIY.
However, if you haven’t had as
much experience with building or doing DIY projects then take a look at this
article about DIYfence building tips to get help get started.
7.  Let your neighbor know your plans.
As they say, “good fences make
good neighbors”. Since you’re taking on a project that has a shared property
line, it would benefit the relationship between you and your neighbor if you
were to first discuss the intended designs and hash-out any potential issues
that could arise.
8.  Take the weather variables into account.
Depending on the climate of where
you live, certain things will change within your project. For instance, in
colder climates that experience frost will greatly benefit from concrete
footings, whereas in warmer climates it wouldn’t have as beneficial of an
effect. Or if you live in an area with high speed winds, shortening the lengths
between posts will bolster the stability.
9.  Create gates/entrances to enhance
decorative style.
Having a gate will add to your
home’s safety as well as add a bit of character. Be sure that there is ample
room to fit larger objects through, like lawnmowers or garbage cans.
When building a gate, your fence
will require a little bit more planning so be sure to keep this in mind. If you
need a bit of direction for addinga fence gate, refer to the linked article.
10.  To further enhance decorative style, paints
and stains are available.

Painting or staining your fence
will only increase the overall value of your property. They act as an extra
protective layer, while also providing a stylish look giving your property more
character and a unique look.