31/01/2018 02:54 PM
Have you given thought to putting your property on the market or are you exploring alternatives to maximise its potential value? Whether you are already trying to sell your house or just looking to bolster your property investment, there are a number of initiatives to add value to your home.
Most homeowners conventionally start by upgrading their home’s interior through the installation of a new bathroom, kitchen or even an extension. However, one aspect often overlooked is how much a high quality garden fence can increase the value of your home. A survey undertaken by The Telegraph suggests fencing, when installed professionally, can increase a property’s value by approximately twenty percent.
For the garden enthusiast and homeowner, a garden fence is an essential addition anyway, as it helps to form the foundation of an aesthetically pleasing and comprehensive landscape design, but it is an idea not often considered by those aiming to sell their property as a means of creating added value. There are many reasons why a fence increases your chances of getting a higher offer.
A strong and sturdy garden fence offers a multitude of benefits to prospective buyers; for instance, people with pets or young children would likely require a fence that ensures their garden is safe and secure. The importance of security fencing doesn’t stop at the boundary. If you have a pond or uneven ground, consider adding low walls or sleepers to create a visible guideline around these areas. Furthermore, fences that are broken or weak in areas not only look unattractive, but give people doubts about how safe the whole property is. We discuss this topic further here. Security fencing offers something many may regard as more valuable than money; peace of mind.
Another significant factor which increases the appeal of a garden fence is privacy. If you live by a main road or in a populated neighbourhood, or maybe you are considering installing a hot tub, a fence can act as an effective method of shielding your property from prying neighbours without detracting from your home’s appearance. Each type of panel provides different levels of privacy, so it depends on your personal preference, and what’s on the other side of the fence. Slatted style panels like Venetian have gaps between each pale, so they don’t offer maximum privacy, but they do give any outdoor space a contemporary look. Consider using panels as screens to create different areas within your garden, or alternatively, go for a Hit & Miss style, which offers the same contemporary appearance, but with more seclusion. Solid panels such as Chilham offer the most privacy, while Canterbury Combi provides the best of both privacy and modern style.
The dream garden
A fence can be used to define the space in your garden and truly transform its appearance to give shape, definition and purpose to your property. If done correctly, effective use of fencing can not only attractively frame your garden but make it appear larger. It’s not only the manufacturing process and quality of materials used that matter, but also how the fence is utilised to create an intriguing outdoor space.
It is important to consider a number of factors when installing a new fence. Selecting the right material is paramount and, generally speaking, a chain link or vinyl fence will not prove as aesthetically pleasing as a timber one, which offers a natural organic appearance.
Nevertheless, poor quality timber products are rife and can be unsuccessful at creating an alluring garden due to the low grade wood and automated manufacturing processes. Often, wooden fence panels purchased at home improvement stores will be of lower quality and begin to warp after only a few years, making the garden seem worn and unappealing. We recommend installing high quality treated timber fencing, with a promise that it will complement the exterior presentation of your home for many years, such as our 25 year timber guarantee does.
Modern style adds value
The style of a fence is another crucial element when adding value to your home. Installing a design that complements the aesthetics of the surrounding area is pivotal in finishing your property appropriately. Jacksons offer a wide range of both modern and traditional panels; to ensure you can find a design that perfectly encapsulates the architectural style of your local area. For example, our unique Woven panel incorporates a contemporary twist on a traditionally rural panel design, crafted with the contours of the countryside landscape in mind to produce a modern take on a conventional style.
Updating every aspect of your garden to suit your new fencing is recommended, as new fence panels often draw attention to the older worn out areas of your outdoor space if it isn’t updated to a similar standard. Landscape gardeners can be expensive, but there are cost-effective ways to reinvigorate your garden, such as installing fresh flower beds using Jacksons’ Timber Sleepers and a selection of vibrant flowers to enrich your property’s exterior.
Whatever fence you decide to buy, we recommend always consulting a surveyor to ensure you operate within your garden boundary to avoid possible conflict with neighbours, which could ultimately slow down the sale of your home if you’re involved in boundary disputes. If you take all these factors into consideration when installing a garden fence then it could make a positive difference to improving the saleability and even add value to your property. At Jacksons, we believe in high quality fencing with low lifetime costs, making a contemporary garden landscape a noteworthy investment opportunity.