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Are fences a pro or con?

We want to move with in the next year. We need a fence, but are unsure if it will benefit the sale of our home. We have a funny shaped lot with a hill in back and a large side area. A fence could cut off a lot of the property leaving a big front/side yard without as much play area or open feel to the yard.
  • April 09 - Nampa
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No seeing you lot makes it tough but here is what I would do or my thought process, if it were me.....do my neighbors have fences?  If I were to buy this home again, what would I want?  Could I put up a privacy fence on the sides and use a lower wire fence in the back so it still feels open?  Best of luck
  • June 13
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We are torn on this one just like some of these others.   If you have enjoyed the yard without one and have pets or kids, then the next homeowner my experience the same feeling, agreed.  If the fence is going to distract from the yard and make it smaller as mentioned, maybe it would be best to avoid it.  A local realtor would be able to assess the area and the specifics with you and discuss your best options.  There are some buyers out there that do require a fenced yard and may not have the extra cash to put it in after they purchase the home so you might alienate these buyers without one.  Really comes down to the trend of the buyer in your area and your real estate professional should be able to advise on this.
  • June 12
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In general, you find more people adding a fence to a property as opposed to removing one.  With that being said, a quality, (HOA approved-if needed), esthetically appealing fence would not likely devalue, but possible be viewed as benefit.  Since a fence is needed and would be a benefit to you, can it be done to include a more functional manner, keeping future buyers in mind?  When you sell your home, you can include the survey to show where the property boundaries are located.  You can always contact a local Realtor to acquire a second opinion. 
  • April 10
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Why do you think you need a fence?  Have you enjoyed the property without one?  Fences can be great to keep kids and pets in and pests out but they sure do visually divide a property.  Fences are also expensive to put up.  
I say if you have been happy without a fence than perhaps your buyer will be happy too.  If not than a fence of the buyers style choice can be negotiated. 
 Good luck and "Don't Fence me In"   
  • April 10
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If a fence will make the yard look smaller or odd, don't put one in. Some buyers may want a fence, but most will overlook that if you are priced right for the market. Lack of a fence is not a deal killer for most, but a weird fenced yard might be.
  • April 10
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If the fence detracts from your property I might hold up and not do it.  You can always give a credit to the buyer if the deal comes down to putting in the fence.  
  • April 10
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What type of fence are you considering?  Ultimately, even for a 6' dog eared cedar fence like is typical for our area, I doubt you would be able to recoup the cost of paying to put the fence in 100% if you hire it out and may break even if you do the install yourself.  If fences were profitable to add in to the value of the home, the builders would include them in each of their new homes.

If the fence is to contain pets, you might just get a dog run that be removed and go with you to the next home.

Every situation should be looked at independently, so the quick answer is "it depends".

Hope this helps!
Jim
  • April 10
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Ask a few local real estate agents what the demand is for a fence.  In our area, it is sometimes difficult to sell a home without a fenced back yard.  Pets and kids... lots of buyers have them and would prefer a fence.  And some just like the privacy a fence affords them. 
  • April 09
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It depends.  Does a fence add to the enjoyment of the property or detract from it?   Is it in a neighborhood full of fences, or would be the only one?

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