Good fences make good neighbours

First impressions count when you’re selling your property, so Gil King, CEO of the REIV, makes a case for paying more attention to your fence.

There is a reason why the term “white picket fence” conjures up images of dream homes. A fence is not just a practical boundary to keep pets and children in and unwanted visitors out, it is also an important visual feature of your property and can add thousands to the value of your home.

Victorians take the aesthetic value of our boundaries very seriously (there is even a Facebook page dedicated to poor brick fences with more than 55,000 followers). You only get one chance at a first impression – with the current competitive market, vendors should look at every opportunity to maximise their home’s appeal.

With the selling season upon us, it is timely to take a look at your perimeter divider with fresh eyes and assess if it needs a paint, repair, replacement or, for those who have built or are building a new home, what type of fence you should erect.

The cardinal rule for selecting a fence, as well as being practical of course, is to ensure that it complements your home. For example, erecting a modern fence around a heritage property is not a good look and vice versa.

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