A New Fence to Enhance Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Real Estate Agent with Tristar Realty, INC

Spring is an ideal time to give your house a face-lift. From paving the driveway to repairing the sidewalk, the warm weather can be an ideal time to not only enjoy the outdoors, but a good time to improve the curb appeal and value of your home.


One common outdoor project…A new fence. Whether you’re looking to install a decorative wooden garden fence, a chain link border for your pets, a panel fence, or a substantial privacy fence, there are some things you’ll want to keep in mind before you begin:


1. A permit may be required for fence construction. These may be issued by your county or your city, depending on where you live.


2. The size of fence may dictate need for permit. Some communities do not require permits for smaller fences.


3. If your fence shares a border with your neighbor. Certain permits may require proof of your neighbor’s consent, plus plans and/or drawings that detail how you’ll go about building your fence.


4. Permit fees for fences can range anywhere from $20 to above $100. If you use a company to build your fence, often they will secure the permits for you (but you’ll still have to pay for the permitting fee).


5. You’ll need to know how much concrete to buy for your fencepost footings. One easy way to figure this out is use this handy online concrete calculator:




6. Check YouTube for helpful fence tutorials: Watch this handy and professional video produced by Lowe’s:




Best of luck with your summer project!


If you’re looking for a home with more land or new fences installed already, give me a call. I can help you find the ideal property.


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Drew Thorstrom
CFC Distributors - Provo, UT
Fencing Professional

As an experienced fence company we've found that Permit & Fence Regulations can be found on most city websites. In the DC metro area you can actually request a "post-card permit" which allows you to apply from the comfort of home, avoiding any lines. In some cases it might be a good idea to have your contractor assist you in obtaining the permit in case you live in a historic or art district where more restrictions can apply. Some contractors will offer help as part of their service.

Another thing you might consider aside from the function of your fence is material. While wood is considered more traditional, it does require yearly maintenance and is more susceptible to damage from weather. Composite materials such as Trex require little maintenance and last for years without issues. You can learn more about composite fence materials at www.YourNextFence.com

Jul 10, 2017 07:49 AM #1
Tony Preston
Garden Fencing London - Sydney, AU
Garden Fencing London

Fences serve various purposes apart from just setting your housing territory. Fences can become a part of decorative which help to liven up the yard. It is a fashion statement that could either be welcoming or chases people away. Thus, you have to choose the right design to match the theme of your house and to show your personality.

Nov 13, 2017 10:48 PM #2
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