Ken Lambert,  in Exeter, NH

Does a nice front fence add to the perceived value of a home? Add to the curb appeal? In your experience, does it actually increase the

Asked by Ken Lambert, Exeter, NH Sat Mar 6, 2010

"true" marke Does a nice front fence add to the perceived value of a home? Add to the curb appeal? In your experience, does it actually increase the "true" market value of the home? Obviously it varies, but do you think its a wise home improvement project? Thanks,
Ken L.

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Marita Topmi…, Agent, Indianapolis, IN
Sat Mar 6, 2010
Hi Ken,

Ask your Realtor to do a cma for your home. Which attributes brought a
higher sales price? In other words, what qualities prompted a buyer to
pay more for the same square footage, bedrooms, baths, etc as others?

Curb appeal brings buyers in, but what qualities make them eager to write an offer in your area? Concentrate your dollars on those things if you are concerned with resale value. My sis lived in NH and at that time we couldn't find basements because of the granite substrate. She bought a colonial, much like
others on the market, except the one she bought had a fenced back yard for her doggie. Your Realtor will
tell you what adds the most value locally.

Of course, this answer presupposes you've already taken care of the other quality of life upgrades.
Curb appeal is critical, but after they've gotten inside the home are they going to say, "Love it!"

In closing, a white picket fence probably won't detract from your value. Will you get your cost of installation
back at sale? Rarely. Ask a local Realtor.

Regards,

Marita
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Myersjulie31, Home Buyer, Blakeslee, PA
Fri Dec 19, 2014
I think that usually, a fence helps with the appeal of a home most of all. I have always thought that fences make homes look neater, especially a nice fence like a picket fence or a simple wooden fence. I would talk to your realtor for final advice, since they would know best. But I think that in the end, it would be a good idea for you to get the fence put in! http://www.millsfence.com
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Vilma Teodoro, , Provo, UT
Wed Dec 17, 2014
It definitely depends on the type of fence because every person has a different preference. However, I do think that picket fences add to the overall look of home and can be a huge boost to selling. If you have a home that is family friendly, then many buyers would like to see a fence in the yard. My family has three children and a dog, and so a fenced in yard is perfect for us.
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Debra (Debbi…, Agent, Livingston, NJ
Mon Mar 8, 2010
Personally, I do not think a fence will add value, perceived or otherwise, in the front of the home. It may even serve to make the yard look smaller or closed in. A lot also depends on the type of neighborhood. I would put more importance on the actual landscaping than a fence. That will add to the curb appeal and value.

Now, a fenced in rear yard is often desireable....especially if the buyer has small children , or even a dog, That adds some value, in my opinion.
Would I spend money to add a fence if I didn't need one? no...........

Good luck!
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Dan Chase, Home Buyer, Texas City, TX
Mon Mar 8, 2010
When I saw the question I thought back to an old mash episode. Henry potter finally had his house paid off. One of the others asked if it had a white picket fence. Potter replied no way, my wife would like one but I want a fence I can sit on without perforating my keister.

Different people see fences different ways. The kind of fence can change their opinion. I figure if you have no critters a fence is a waste of space and money.
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Tom and Joan…, Agent, Boston, MA
Mon Mar 8, 2010
I would say that the fence will add to the saleability, but not value. You may get people in the front door, but if once inside the place is a dump the fence is not going to add value. Now, if once inside the home is nice the fence will have pulled them in and you will have less objections. All the best.
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Gita Bantwal, Agent, Jamison, PA
Sun Mar 7, 2010
If the house looks nice from the outside, a nice front fence may make it look like a builders model and create curb appeal. There should be some landscaping to go with it.
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Heidi Zizza, Agent, Framingham, MA
Sun Mar 7, 2010
It will not affect a bank appraisal but it may help it sell faster over another comparable home.
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Gerard Dunn, Agent, Chevy Chase, MD
Sun Mar 7, 2010
It is interesting you said PERCEIVED value. For some it will increase value - for others it will not.

I would check with a competent local Realtor that knows your specific market. They can give you a much better idea if the expense is worthwhile.

Good Luck!
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Sun Mar 7, 2010
If this decision is based on the owner's needs or preferences, adding a fence may be a good decision. However, it's doubtful that adding a fence to create value. It may increase appeal....depending on the individual but an appraiser would likely not view this as a contributer to a home's value.
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Bob, , Pennsylvania
Sun Mar 7, 2010
1st impression is EVERYTHING. Curb appeal is what sells homes.

This would be a judgement call on the way the home is set up and other landscaping around.
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Jeanne Feeni…, Agent, Basking Ridge, NJ
Sat Mar 6, 2010
If it adds to the curb appeal, it will draw buyers to it. More interest from more buyers is the best thing for the price of a home. Nothing you do though will cure a price problem, not even a white picket fence ;-)

Good luck,
Jeanne Feenick
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Jeanne Feeni…, Agent, Basking Ridge, NJ
Sat Mar 6, 2010
If it adds to the curb appeal, it will draw buyers to it. More interest from more buyers is the best thing for the price of a home. Nothing you do though will cure a price problem, not even a white picket fence ;-)

Good luck,
Jeanne Feenick
Unwavering Commitment to Service
Find success at http://www.feenick.com
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