We sell and install a lot of fences in the St. Louis area, and customers often ask us:
Will a new fence add resale value to my home?
When it comes to selling your home, Realtors consistently rank exterior improvements and “curb appeal” as offering the best return on investment (ROI). Depending on a few important factors, adding a fence is a great way to add curb appeal and value to your home. Keep these things in mind:
If you want a fence to add resale value, make sure it blends with the neighborhood. When it comes time to sell your home, buyers won’t be looking for something that clashes. Remember, the fence you choose will affect your neighbors, too. Unless you’re interested in a privacy fence specifically, “good neighbor” fences (with plenty of space between pickets for an unobstructed view) are a popular choice.
Your fence should fit the neighborhood, but even more importantly it should match the design and style of your home. Aluminum and vinyl fences are available in a wide variety of colors and styles, and many types of fencing are available with accessories like finials (the ornamental tips along the fence rail), butterfly scrolls and ball caps.
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Home buyers want to see added value, not extra work. Traditional fencing materials like chain link and wood quickly corrode and rot in the elements, and require regular maintenance. A virtually maintenance-free fence (such as aluminum, vinyl or ornamental steel) is extremely durable and withstands whatever the weather (or the neighborhood kids) can throw at, no painting, staining or repairs required.
Whether you’re looking to add privacy, security, or keep the dogs in the yard, you can also add resale value to your home with the right fence. Just remember: the fence you choose is a reflection on your home and your neighbors, and potential buyers are looking for a fence they can enjoy — not dread when it comes to upkeep and maintenance.
Looking for a new fence in the St. Louis area?
Maintenance-Free Outdoor Solutions is the leading supplier and installer of virtually maintenance-free aluminum, vinyl, ornamental steel and simulated stone fencing in St. Louis. Learn more about our affordable fencing options.