Installing a fence can drastically change the appearance of your property, no matter which side of the fence you’re standing on. It may seem like a minor decision, but it’s actually not. Millions of homeowners want to know: Should I install a fence around some (or all) of my property? What are the pros and cons?
Pro: Added Security
There’s no doubt that a fence provides a deterrent for anyone who would enter your property without permission. It addresses relatively minor concerns such as acts of vandalism, and greater concerns of potential theft and home security. Human visitors aren’t the only concern, either. Unwanted dogs, cats, and wild animals can be kept away from your property with high quality fence around the perimeter. The presence of a fence simply makes it much more difficult and cumbersome for any unwanted guest — human or animal — from setting foot on your property.
Pro: More Privacy
From back yard barbecuing to private sun bathing, a residential fence provides added privacy for homeowners and guests. Entertaining and enjoying your outdoor space can be more enjoyable and peaceful without the presence of watchful neighbors or passersby. That’s why many people call it “privacy fence” — and it’s one of the advantages that keep fences so popular amongst homeowners.
Pro: Safety and containment
For parents, a quality fence can make a huge difference when it comes to keeping children safe, contained, and out of harm’s way. Providing kids a place to play and enjoy the outdoors while at home, while keeping them away from the street and other dangers — is a huge pro.
Being a dog owner is, of course, another popular reason for installing a fence. As lovable and smart as dogs are, they love to roam. A high quality fence gives dogs their own private kingdom to roam. For you, it gives added peace of mind that the dog will not run away or get into neighborhood trouble.
Con: They need to be maintained
There are varying maintenance requirements for residential fencing, depending on what type of material you use. There’s also the cost of designing and installing the fence in the first place (most homeowners spend anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000). But when you boil it all down, the cost of a fence is small, and the maintenance requirements light, compared to other home improvement projects.
Con: Your neighbors might not like it
If you live in a residential lot that borders other residential lots, it’s important to realize that your neighbors will also be affected by your decision to built a fence. This may or may not matter to you, but it’s a good idea to be aware of any potential conflicts or disagreements about the way a fence changes appearances on both sides.
Con: Mowing is more difficult
Homeowners who install a fence often realize, after the fact, that mowing the lawn just got a little bit trickier. While mowing the edges of the lawn may have been straightforward in your “pre-fence” days, it’s tough to run your mower directly against the fence. The best bet is to leave a few inches of grass around the parameter and use a weed whacker to finish the job.
The question of quality
Of course, the most important thing for many homeowners, once they decide to install a fence, is getting a great result without spending too much. DIY can be viable route with a project like this, but it can also be frustrating and costly to the inexperienced. A reputable home renovation specialist with experience in fence installation is another possibility, and will almost always exceed your expectations.