Kmf, Home Seller in Massapequa Park, NY

My home has an old, rusted chain-link fence around the entire property (70 x 100). I could repaint it, or,

Asked by Kmf, Massapequa Park, NY Sun Apr 19, 2009

would it add more curb appeal to the home if I just took it down?

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If you don't want to spend a lot of money rustolelum spray will do the job.You will be amazed what paint can do. Good Luck.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 16, 2014
I agree. Chain link fencing can look extremely nice if you keep it in good repair. If you do decide to paint it, you'll need to get rid of the rust first anyone. It would cost a lot more to remove this fence than to preserve.
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Flag Sat Dec 6, 2014
Painting is probably your best option unless it is out of control and paint won't do enough to restore the fence. In that case you'd probably want to replace it. I don't think it is a good idea to take the entire fence though. Fences generally add some sort of value to the property. Taking it down would diminish that.…
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 20, 2015
I agree that removing the fence completely would not be the best for the value of the property. However, since it is rusted, it needs to be replaced, as it is a safety issue and could give someone tetanus. If you can't paint it, I suggest replacing the sections that are too rusted.
Flag Fri Jun 26, 2015
Repainting the fence is obviously an option to upgrade the look of your fence, but you will want to first rub it down with steel wool to scrape off the rust. Depending how bad the rust is, you may want to consider a new fence. Chain link fences can be a great option because they require minimal maintanence and have a long lifetime.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 23, 2014
Hello KMF,

Did you take the fence down? Vinyl fencing or the durex fencing is the more but sure looks nice!

good luck
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 1, 2013
A fence will not add a tremendous amount of value to your house, so your best solution is your cheapest solution as long you take into account the basics of why people like fences . . . privacy and security. If you have a couple looking at your house and they have a dog or small children, then the condition of your fence is important to them and it should be functional. Those buyers will be drawn to the fence and its condition. Although a white pvc fence is definitely more desirable, if you are selling your home you do not want to incur a $5000 (or more) expense to put one in, in addition to a permit that will be required because it is over 4 feet. Chances are you will not get $5000+ in return for the added fence. If the fence is in good or decent condition but is simply rusty, then you can try buying rustoleum spray paint and paint the fence chrome or silver and it will probably only take about 4-5 cans of spray paint to finish the fence. I dont recommend taking the fence down and NOT putting up a new fence because any buyer with a dog or children will need to put one in and you will suffer in your price. On the flip side, by putting a pvc fence up yourself, you will not get MORE for your house but it will make your house stand out better and it will probably increase the chance of your house selling faster than others. Your most important aspect of selling your home will be the how many bedrooms and baths it has, the overall condition of your house and property. My father has been in the landscaping business for over 40 years and is currently retired (I sold his business last year . . . yey!) Landscaping is SOOOOO important that it IS worth investing in. A well manicured lot with the right shrubs and plantings will attract buyers, especially in Spring. So focus more on that then the fence as it will allow you to reap more rewards. If you want a market analysis of your home or any personal advice, I would welcome the opportunity to come visit you and offer my opinion. My partner and I are Accredited Staging Professionals, and with my landscaping background, as well as legal background, I can properly advise you.

PS One more thing . . . if you decide to put in a new fence, please use a survey. The last thing you need is to go to closing and have to deal with a title issue relating to the fence not being installed on your property lines.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Apr 25, 2009
It depends on your neighborhood. If most people are fenced in, then you should be fenced.

If your in the process of selling you might consider a white PVC fence, they look great and they are very affordable and sturdy. You can get one with a privacy section and get a decorative lattice and they top to add interest.

Don't buy the one they have at home depot as the material is not great and it yellows over time. If you decide to do it, its very easy to install yourself also.

Good luck.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 20, 2009
I would recommend removing the fence just as you yourself suggested. Chain link is never the most attractive option (and painting it is likely to make it stand out even more). Honestly, removing it should open up the property a bit. The next owner can put up a fence of their choosing or leave the property more open. Don't forget to landscape the area and add some flowers near the doorway for a pop of color. Good luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 19, 2009
Exactly how rusty is it--will it look decent if painted? If not consider replacing; fences are appealing to people with pets, young children, privacy oriented individuals, etc. At the same time don't forget to have the entire landscape neatly trimmed at all times.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 19, 2009
If the posts are sound and secure, you might consider replacing the chain link. Some buyer with dogs or small children appreciate having an enclosed area. However if it truly detracts from the property, take it down.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 19, 2009
It really depends on what neighboring homes have. My first impression would be to take it down. If it's rusted getting it cleaned up to accept paint would be a major undertaking. Having your property look as appealing as possible will give you the best results.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 19, 2009
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