PHOTO: ADNZ – Having a neat and tidy fence like this one is desirable, but a too-high barrier appears defensive.
Like the cover of a book, the street front view of your property is perceived to be a reflection of what is going on inside, so it’s a good idea to fix up anything that is a bit of a turn-off. Here are the most common issues and what you can do about them.
If you only do one thing to the exterior of your property, then do the fence. An unsightly fence can detract from an otherwise attractive exterior so you should make this a priority. Whether you just give it a lick of paint or pull the whole thing out and start again, try and visually link it to the design of the house.
Generally speaking, if the fence is very high (over 1.8 metres), it can make your property look defensive, particularly when the house is close to the fence. Of course this depends on your particular property, but consider lowering the fence to the 1.2-1.5 metre mark so that it looks more inviting.
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