The right fence can go a long way toward improving the look of a residential property — both from the street and from the home itself. If you've decided to add a fence to your front yard, it's important that you don't rush through the process. Instead, give some serious thought to the many different types of fences that are common in residential applications. You might wish to drive around a few neighborhoods to look at fences, as well as contact a local fence builder to discuss your options. Many homeowners favor picket fences for their front yards. Here are three reasons to consider moving forward with a picket fence.

It Carries A Significant Meaning

When you think of a picket fence, there's a good chance that you think of how people speak about this type of fence. For example, people often equate having a white picket fence with achieving a desirable life. You'll often hear people make statements such as, "She has everything — a lovely family, a big home, and a white picket fence." If you're keen on the idea that this type of fence can represent, having your fence contractor install one in your front yard can give you a reason to smile every day.

It Doesn't Hinder Your View

Some types of fences are highly adept at providing privacy, but the drawback is that they can affect your view. This can especially be an issue in a front yard, where you generally want to be able to see the street and beyond it through your front windows. A picket fence is ideal because its low height won't affect your ability to see beyond your property line. For example, if you want to watch your children wait for the school bus in front of your home, you'll be able to clearly see them when they're standing beyond your picket fence.

It Can Easily Match Your Home

Another reason to think about choosing a picket fence is that its appearance can be a good match for your home. Many people favor white picket fences, which can be a good idea if the exterior of your home has white elements. This isn't your only choice, however. If you favor the look of natural wood, your fence contractor can stain your picket fence with clear stain. Or, you can choose a paint color that matches something on your home — perhaps the siding, the front door, or the trim around the windows.