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For Homeowners: Six Things to Consider Before Investing in a Fence

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(RE/MAX Blog)-If you have a large backyard and are looking into investing in a fence, there are numerous factors to take into consideration. Here are six tips to help you get started.

1. Do your Research

Check with your Homeowners Association or neighborhood organizations for specific regulations, such as fence height, materials and colors. Also check with your local municipality and utility company about buried cables and lines or required easements.

2. Consult Professionals

Fencing may impact your home’s appeal. Talk to a real estate agent or an appraise familiar with your local market to help choose materials and where to place your fence.

3. Chat with neighbors

Consider informing your next door neighbors about how you are thinking about getting a fence. Getting them on-board and in agreement about property lines before being the project, will avoid future disputes.

4. Match your house

Choose a fence that architecturally matches the style of your house for curb side appeal.

5. Understand Maintenance

Be aware of the required upkeep. For instance, some wooden fences will need frequent sealing and staining.

6. Consider living fences

Adding landscaping can increase the value of your home. Strategically placed shrubs and trees can develop into beautiful fences that also act as attractive landscaping.

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