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When it comes to property you only get two chances to make a first impression, says Tammy Nathan from Styling Properties. The first opportunity is the curbside appeal and the second comes when entering the house.

Making sure that front gardens are in tiptop shape, neat and tidy, and appealing is definitely important, but one feature often overlooked is the humble fence.

A beautiful fence can add oodles of appeal to your property. If your fence is tired or unkempt however, it can immediately downgrade your property.

Many prospective buyers will execute the “drive by” before deciding if they will take the time to inspect so the opportunity to impress cannot be missed!

For existing fences, take a good look at the fence and ask yourself if anything needs fixing, improving or painting? A good paint job can go a long way.

Make sure gate hinges and locks are in good working order as this will speak volumes to prospective buyers about how well your property has been maintained!

If you are building a new fence, choosing one that compliments your property is really important.

A wooden fence with a pretty gate compliments an Edwardian style or weatherboard house perfectly, but will look very out of place with an Art Deco property. Similarly a solid brick fence will not compliment a pretty weatherboard but will work well with a brick or Deco style.

Finally, consider how your fence will fit with others in your street. If the opportunity exists to create a consistent style with your neighbours then this can be very appealing to the overall streetscape.

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