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Four Ways to Add Privacy to Your Yard and Value to Your Home

Are you selling a home in Springfield MO, or does your yard need more privacy? A more private yard accomplished by either obscuring the view of the neighbors or by reducing noise from nearby road traffic can be a wonderful selling point for a house on the market and a great source of peace for homeowners.

 1.       Add a Fence. This is a pretty obvious choice but still a great idea. Not only will a fence reduce the view of neighbors or traffic, but fencing can also reduce noise.  There are many styles to choose from to meet your personal taste and budget.

 2.       Plants, hedges, or shrubbery. For those who want to go with something a bit more "green," why not create a "fence of plants?" hedges have been popular for years and will add some timeless charm to the yard, and once again, obscure any unwanted views.

 3.       Fountains and water features. You can drown out traffic noise around your home with the sound of running water. There are a lot of options available.

 4.       Ornamental Structures. Semi-transparent structures like pergolas, trellises, or screens may not provide complete privacy, but they can enclose a dining or recreational space without blocking light or breezes.

Making improvements to your home to increase privacy is an obvious way to make your place more enjoyable and peaceful—but especially if you are trying to sell or add value to your home, these ideas can be well worth the investment.


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About The Authors:  Betty Knowles is a full-time REALTOR® with Coldwell Banker Vanguard REALTORS® in Springfield, MO and proudly serves on the board of the Greater Springfield Board of REALTORS®.  She also served as President of Women’s Council Of REALTORS® in Southwest Missouri.  Betty’s genuine passion is helping people buy and sell homes in Springfield, Ozark, Nixa, and surrounding communities.  

John Knowles is likewise a full-time REALTOR® with Coldwell Banker Vanguard and a member of the Greater Springfield Board of REALTORS®. A self-proclaimed computer geek, John is talented at developing real estate websites, videos, photography, blogs, search engine optimization and other technical skills essential to marketing and selling real estate in Springfield MO.

Together this dynamic team makes up TeamKnowles REALTORS®, Spouses Selling Houses!  They are dedicated to doing what it takes to sell your home in the greater Springfield real estate market, or help you purchase a home that fits your particular needs. Give TeamKnowles a call today; you’ll be glad you did!

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Comment balloon 1 commentBetty Knowles • August 30 2011 09:34PM


Great advice! Sometimes these are the deciding factors between choosing one home over another. The location and privacy (or illusion of privacy).

Posted by Andrea Peters, REALTOR, ABR, e-PRO, SRS (Cortiers Real Estate) over 7 years ago