Adding a gate to the front of your property may be about more then just aesthetics. A gated entrance increases a home’s value in many ways. The curb appeal created by the design and craftsmanship of a fence with a gate that provides a sense of safety tends to catch the eyes of a passerby. That’s why investment by property owners in a quality fence and gate maximizes the value of a home.
Realty Times cited in February of 2017 five ways a gate can enhance your home’s appeal:
Greater curb appeal. You only get one chance to make a first impression, which is why curb appeal is so important. Anyone who pulls up to your home will immediately form an opinion about your property, usually in those first few seconds after arrival. What they’ll notice is an overall sense of style and quality created by the combination of factors like landscaping, property maintenance and so on. You can greatly enrich your curb appeal with a gated entrance. Thanks to its eye-catching, commanding nature, a gated entrance becomes the first thing new visitors see. When chosen to complement your home’s architecture and overall property design, it can also be a wonderful finishing touch to your exterior appeal.
Increased property security. Enclose your property with fencing and a gate, and you immediately create a physical deterrent to unauthorized visitors. This means before someone — solicitors, political campaigners, marketers or other uninvited individuals — can walk on your driveway or approach your front door, he or she must get past the gate. Likewise, a gated entry communicates an investment in security that many guests will assume extends to more security measures inside. This sense of enhanced security further adds value in the minds of potential buyers, who recognize the protection a gated entrance provides.
A prestigious feel. It’s hard to put a price on the luxury feel a gated entrance gives your home. Because it’s a high-end feature typically afforded only to high-priced homes, a gated entrance tends to communicate an upscale feel. This likewise adds a sense of value to your home, bumping it into the ranks of estates and luxury properties.
Protection for kids and pets. Just as important as keeping unauthorized visitors out is keeping your pets and little ones in. A gated entrance helps you do just that: It keeps your children and pets from accidentally running into the street or being approached by strangers, by creating a barrier from the world outside your property.
More privacy. Whether you already live in the country or are in the middle of a hectic city, adding a property fence with an entry gate is an excellent way to increase your home’s privacy. Enjoy time on your lawn without worrying about everybody watching. Step outside without having to talk to the neighbor who’s walking by. To give yourself greater privacy at home, a gated entrance is an excellent choice.
Christopher Williams and Kathryn Zumwalt started Williams Gates Services in Grain Valley in April of 2018. Both Williams and Zumwalt grew up in and are residents of Eastern Jackson County. Their regard for this community, geographical knowledge of the area, and the people they know and have met is why they wanted to establish their roots here.
Williams has been involved in the gate industry since 2005. He first started his professional career working for a garage door and fencing company during the day and working at a restaurant at night. Falling in love with the access control portion of the gate automation section of the fencing industry is what first sparked the idea in Williams that he might want to start his own business in the trade at some point. Further confidence was provided from growing up on a farm and learning how to mend or replace fencing at a young age.
“The automation control and gate access of fencing has intrigued me because there’s almost always something new you encounter every day. I’ve learned a lot and continue to do so a decade later in this business. I’m still as excited about what I do now as when I first started,” Williams said.
“Having an automated gate keeps out undesirable trespassing. Gates and fencing provide people with a sense of security and convenience with the push button aspect of automation when opening and closing a gate. Property value increases with a good looking gate that may also display a sense of pride one has in their family name or something unique about their property they want to display.”
Ornamental or custom gates and fencing are the most popular item Williams Gates Service sells. Williams has options that fit most budgets and examples can easily be found on their website or within their portfolio. Options available to customers include everything from prefabricated to custom built gates (a host of options abound from tube style farm gates, pivot gates, to chain link fencing).
“There’s an abundance of gate operator manufacturers. They are all in competition. It’s kind of like buying a car or washing machine. A vast variety exists to choose from,” Williams said.
“The newer electromechanical machines will have D/C motors in them with battery backup built in already. So, if you have a power outage, you’re not losing security as your gate will still function for a certain amount of cycles. A lot of the machines we sell like the high security Lift Master, Allomatic, or Door King have manufactured their operators with D/C motors so that is has ample power while being able to convert to solar as well.”
Williams Gate clients have included local property management companies, farms, lawn companies, and private residences. Service calls, maintenance plans, as well as installation makes up the case load. Williams is a certified IDEA Gates System Designer and Gates Operator Installer.
Williams Gate Services may be found online at www.williamsgateservices.com or at 621 NW Valley Ridge Circle, Suite C in Grain Valley. They may also be reached by phone at 816-355-0327.