Tips for Building a Fence In Your Yard

by Carolyn Andrews 12/12/2021

Photo by Pixabay via Pexels

A fence can really transform the look and feel of your home. From providing privacy to adding a unique element to your yard, these structures can bring many advantages. But if you want to build one of these for the first time, you may have a lot of questions before getting started.

Understand Your Wants and Needs

Foremost, you’ll want to consider what you want in a fence. Do you want something large and bulky? Or how about something small and quaint? The last thing you would like to happen would be to choose a fence and later regret it. Sit down with family members, friends and experts to get ideas if needed. But more importantly, focus on the why. Why do you want a fence? What do you hope this fence will bring you? What will be the primary purpose of this fence? Answering these questions can help you find the perfect solution to suit your needs.

Face It Properly

When building a fence, many homeowners make the mistake of facing the fence in the wrong direction. A good rule of thumb to remember is that the smooth, finished side should be facing outward, while the side with posts and rails should face inward. Not only does this provide a better appearance, but it also adds a level of detail your neighbors will appreciate.

Don’t Choose Just Any Materials

Another important tip is to consider the materials you’ll be using. While you may love the look of a white picket fence, you may not realize the maintenance that comes along with it. Not only can wood fences eventually rot and warp, but routine staining and sealing may also be needed. Vinyl is a great alternative — it looks just like wood and doesn’t involve the extensive maintenance needs.

Add Some Greenery

Lush plants look amazing next to a gorgeous fence. Not only do plants and trees offer some privacy, but they also protect your home from storms and strong winds. Experts suggest layering your plants to make pockets, which can take your home's privacy to another level. Try mixing up the plants around your fencing to create a look everyone will enjoy.

Understand the Costs Beforehand

Before jumping into the building process, knowing the costs is essential. You would hate to be halfway through the job only to realize you already reached your budget. Although you may not know the exact number you’ll pay, you can get pretty close. Consider how much all the materials will cost you, but be sure to overestimate to give yourself some wiggle room. 

About the Author

Carolyn Andrews

Carolyn Andrews has over 30 years licensed Brokerage experience in both California and Colorado. Born in England, Carolyn moved to California in 1980, then relocated to Denver, Colorado in 1991. Carolyn has also received recognition for Top Sales at RE/MAX Alliance Aurora in 2007-2008 and is a member of the RE/MAX Hall of Fame & Chairman’s Club, as well as a recipient of the ReMax Lifetime Achievement Award. Carolyn has sold over 2000 homes personally in her career. Carolyn has been actively involved in many aspects of the Real Estate business including investment property, luxury homes, mountain resort property, skiin/ski out, REO/default management, loss mitigation, valuations, and disposition. She has been a speaker and panelist at several conferences and has been consulted on many occasions by various organizations in the REO/financial industries for her expertise and served on many boards. She has attended numerous ongoing classes to stay abreast of changes in the ever-evolving Real Estate industry. She is the prior State Director for Colorado for VAREP(Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals). She is a member of 3 boards of Realtors including Metro Denver, Colorado Springs and Summit County mountain areas. She heads up The Andrews Group and is or has been an active member of NAR, CAR,REOMAC, CIPS, CRS, AREAA, NAPW, NAHREP, and is an original member of the ELITEReal Estate network. She was ranked #1 for most homes sold in Denver 2007 by Denver Board of Realtors, #2 for 2008, and #2 for 2009, #5 in 2010 and #4 in 2011 and has been consistently in the top 10 ever since. Carolyn Andrews has been a top rated Endorsed Local Provider for the Dave Ramsey Organization and also a Top Producing agent for 2018 for the Homelight Company.