Updated January 23, 2023
If you have a fence that is looking old and worn, it's time to consider having the fence removed and/or replaced.
If your fence is beyond repair, or you are ready to make a change, having the old fence torn down and replaced with a newer, more suitable option can have a big impact on your property value.
In this guide, we'll discuss:
How Fence Replacement Improves Property Value
Replacing a fence has a number of benefits to consider.
It's a relatively quick way to improve your home's curb appeal; this alone can increase your home's potential value, as it makes your home more visually appealing and well-defined.
It also increases the safety of children and pets playing on your property, which makes your property drastically more attractive to parents and pet owners. These people are often willing to pay a premium for a safe fenced-in yard.
In addition, nearly everybody can appreciate the privacy and increased safety that a fence provides, which is why it's so important to replace it when it's time.
It's no surprise that a fence adds value to your home, but exactly how much will depend on the specific fence material you choose, your home and neighborhood, and what potential homebuyers expect from—or are willing to pay top dollar for—the typical home in your area.
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How Fence Replacement Works
The first step to fence replacement is to start looking for fence removal and replacement contractors in your area that can do the job. We recommend getting quotes from three or more contractors before hiring.
A contractor will come out and take measurements of your fence and assess the property for pertinent information that might affect costs.
They then will typically email you a quote for the job.
We recommend requesting a by-line quote breaking down how much it will cost for the removal of any existing fence, the disposal costs of the old fence, cost of the new fencing materials, cost of labor for the removal and replacement, permit fees, etc. This will allow you to compare contractors’ pricing as well as their customer service.
Be sure to thoroughly read all the information in the quote, including any fine print, before signing anything.
Once you’ve compared and contrasted quotes, select the fence company you’d like to work with.
After you’ve signed the contract, you typically have a short waiting period while the company gathers the materials and permit(s). You also will need to wait for a forecast of cooperative weather before scheduling, which may not be an issue in your area.
Next, your fence replacement is scheduled and a portion of the payment is paid upfront. (We recommend that you do not agree to pay for more than 50% of the fence replacement cost upfront. A qualified contractor will rarely ask for more than this.)
The contractor will show up at the agreed upon time and mark out the location of the new fence.
The location of the new fence is then double and triple checked, and any holes for the new fence posts are dug.
Then, concrete is mixed and poured into the holes, and the fence posts are then placed directly into the concrete at a 90-degree angle.
Once all the posts are properly placed, the fence panels and gates are installed, and any gate drop-rods are drilled into the ground as needed to allow for secure gate placement.
When the work is completed, the final payment is made, and it's time to enjoy your new fence and more valuable property.