Salem homeowners: Are you wondering what kind of fence to build? Well, you do have a plethora of options for fence materials and styles. In fact, you may feel you have too many choices. Fortunately, there are some stress-free ways to gather inspiration for your new Salem fence:
1. Scout out the neighborhood.
To maximize ROI, exterior home renovations should match styles in the rest of the neighborhood. Matching the style of your fence to the fences of nearby properties will maximize your property value. So a wonderful way to begin designing your fence is to walk around the neighborhood and look at each fence installation. Salem neighborhoods offer plenty of examples of all types of fence materials, including vinyl, chain link and cedar fencing. (Salem, by the way, happens to be one of the nation’s leading producers of vinyl fencing material.)
2. Talk to your friends and neighbors.
Especially if you’re new to the experience, having a new fence installed poses quite a few questions. Sure, you could read an entire book on fence installation – Salem bookstores and libraries are full of such home improvement books. However, it might be easier to simply chat with your friends and neighbors about their experiences with different fence materials. Salem homeowners often find the fence building process much easier if they chat with their acquaintances about what to expect.
3. Check out books from the library with glossy fence pictures.
Once you have a basic understanding of what your friends have done, and what matches the rest of your neighborhood’s fence materials, Salem libraries are excellent places to visit. Flip through the glossy books on fencing and home design, and take notes on what you like. For example, while browsing a chapter on current fence trends, you might spy an especially gorgeous specimen of cedar fencing. Salem bookstores and libraries are a font of inspiration for your fencing dreams.
4. Cut out pictures of fences you like.
Pick out a couple of design magazines featuring fences, and cut out the ones you like. Hang these clippings in a prominent space in your home, where you’ll see them every day. By mulling over what they like about each fence installation, Salem homeowners can get a better handle on what they want.
5. Sketch out your property.
Now it’s time to put down a few ideas on paper. Sketch out what you imagine for your fence installation. Salem homes are often located on slopes or oddly shaped lots, so it’s crucial to walk around your property as you sketch, looking for areas that might pose a challenge for fence builders. Include such details in your sketch, and jot down notes on what kinds of designs and fence materials you prefer.
6. Visit your local fence materials specialists.
Once you’ve done your research, it’s time to visit some local experts on fence materials. Salem homeowners have plenty of choices when it comes to choosing a company to install a fence. Look for a company with a proven record of building Salem fences that last. (Your friends and neighbors might have a few companies to recommend.) While you visit the company’s showroom, chat with the employees to learn more about the pricing and specs for chain link, vinyl or cedar fencing.
Salem is a wonderful place to live, and adding a fence to your yard will only make your Salem home more of a paradise. Follow the steps listed above to design a Salem fence that your family will enjoy for years to come.