Having a home with a nice big backyard is a perk, giving you a place to hang out and a place for your kids and pets to play. However, having a backyard without a fence can be problematic. Here are six reasons to install a fence around your backyard if you don’t already have one.
Even if you aren’t planning on doing anything questionable in your backyard, such as running around naked, it’s still nice to keep your activities hidden from the prying eyes of neighbors and others. Installing a tall wooden or plastic fence can help keep your yard screened from your neighbors and give you the privacy to do what you want in your backyard.
Keep your pets in
Having a fenced backyard can be a great convenience if you have a dog. With a fenced backyard, you can let your dog go outside by itself to go to the bathroom and get some exercise without having to worry about it running away. Even the best-trained and -behaved canines are likely to bolt if a rabbit or squirrel crosses their path, so a fence will prevent them from getting out and getting lost or potentially getting hit by a car.
Give your kids a safe place to play
A fenced-in backyard provides a safe place for your kids to play. Not only do you not have to worry about your young kids wandering off if you leave them alone for a few minutes, you don’t have to worry about someone or something, such as a rabid animal or stray pet, coming into your yard and scaring or hurting your children. A fence can also keep other kids safe by keeping them from wandering into your yard, especially if you have a potential safety hazard such as a pool.
Boost your home value
Having a fence around your backyard can boost your home’s value and help you get a better price when you sell. Most people buying a home would prefer to have a fenced-in yard, either for their kids or their pets, and buying a home that already has a fence installed is likely to be worth a premium to them, because they won’t have to go to the hassle and expense of getting putting in their own fence. You usually can recoup at least 50 percent of the cost of a privacy fence in terms of added value to your home.
Solve property line disputes
If your backyard borders another home, you could run into issues over where the property line is. If your neighbor or others can’t seem to stay off of your property, installing a fence around your backyard will likely solve the problem. When installing a fence to solve a property line dispute, you have to keep a couple of things in mind. One, you need to make sure you know exactly where your property line is. Work with a surveyor and check with your city or county zoning or code office to ensure you put your fence only on your own property, according to Ram Fence Company. Also be prepared for visits from neighbors angry about the new fence.
Keep out noise
If your backyard borders a busy street or a commercial area, noise could be an issue for you. Installing a fence, especially a high privacy fence made out of wood or composite material will not only give you privacy from such an area, it also will help cut down on the noise so that you can have a more enjoyable time in your backyard.
Whatever your reason for installing a fence around your backyard, keep in mind that it is a large investment, which can cost your several thousand dollars depending on the size of your yard.