Home Staging & Home Improvement

Your Driveway - Roll Out The Red Carpet

drive·way: noun \-ˌwā\

a short private road from a street to a house or other building where cars can usually be parkedMerriam-Webster

Residential driveways are also used for such things as garage sales, automobile washing and repair and recreation, notably (in North America) for basketball practiceWikipedia

Red Carpet

If you are considering landscape or hardscape improvements to your home either for your enjoyment or for resale value, the driveway should be near the top of your list. Your driveway is more than just the definitions above. What do you see when you pull up to your driveway? What do others see?  Often overlooked and poorly maintained, driveways are a big part of that first impression. Make it the “red carpet” that rolls out for you and anyone else pulling up.

A big mistake many homeowners make is concentrating on too many cosmetic improvements to their interior spaces while neglecting outdoor areas.  It’s nice to have all the bells and whistles in say your kitchen but how much of a return are you going to get for some of those features that someone my not care about?  If you’re selling no one can see those until they walk in the door but who wants to stop in if your exterior is un-kept, over worn and dirty? Your exterior is super important.

If you are repairing a driveway or installing a new surface the material should fit the area of the country you live taking into account the weather.  For instance in freezing climates, asphalt is common because of its flexibility. Concrete will crack and buckle more in hard freezing temps and gravel drives and snow don’t mix.   Asphalt should be resealed every 3 to 5 years.  If properly maintained it'll last 25 to 30 years.

Pavers can be beautiful ...depending on the driveway size a bit costly but there is low long term maintenance.  A paver driveway can last 30-40 years.

Concrete is probably the most durable and versatile choice for most areas and can be stamped, stained or made to appear high end custom with textures and design.

Pervious concrete is environmentally friendly. It allows water to run through its surface eliminating run off issues and adds a beautiful rustic or textured look.

Power washing and resealing a driveway can make just as much impact as replacement. Even a simple edging or border with concrete or pavers will dress up the area without a huge cost. Going more upscale may or may not payoff come resale time. Depending on the area and the market your ROI might reach 25%.

Pervious Concrete DrivewayWhichever way you choose to tackle the project it will definitely create a great first impression and contribute to the overall value a buyer will see in your property.  Sprucing it up will tell buyers the home is probably very well taken care of and that will create a……

 “Driveway Moment”: the inability to leave one's car after arriving at the destination because of the riveting nature of a story you're listening to on the radio” Urban Dictionary …..

Or a beautiful exterior staring them in the face!

Home and Life Improvement

Ana Hitzel is the owner of AccentPositives Home Staging and is a frequent radio guest expert on Home Staging and Home Improvement. Visit our Face Book page for more tips and information and don't forget to hit the LIKE button!

AccentPositives Home Staging                  


AccentPositives provides Home Staging,Consultations and Design services.  Voted a Best of Houzz 2014 and selected Best of Corona 2012 Interior Design. We are located in Corona serving the Inland Empire of southern California, Orange county, Palm Springs and surrounding areas.

Call: 951 833 8529.

Email: staging@accentpositives.com. Visit:  www.fixyourspaces.com.  


Best of Corona 2012

Best of Corona 2013




Remodeling and Home Design
7 commentsAna Hitzel • July 11 2014 03:29PM
Your Driveway - Roll Out The Red Carpet
drive·way: noun \-ˌwā\ a short private road from a street to a house or other building where cars can usually be parked –Merriam-Webster Residential driveways are also used for such things as garage sales, automobile washing and repair and… more
Pets and Selling Your Real Estate
Pets are important family members too but with pets as with children comes the extra maintenance and care required to keep living spaces clean and odor free. If you are wondering why your lovely home has been on the market for longer than… more
Not a Loaf of Bread: Home Staging Perceptions and Fees
About this time every year I get the urge to stand from the roof tops and shout “I’M NOT A LOAF OF BREAD! ” Although real estate never sleeps, the call volume usually picks up for me after the start of the New Year and deep into spring and summer… more
Small Bedroom Design - Think Hotel
As time goes by, the trend towards downsizing and living in smaller spaces keeps growing. This can present design challenges when you are used to living in big spaces with lots of room for your stuff. The first obvious answer is to get rid of lots… more
Explore the Floor II: A World of Carpet
Carpet can make a bold statement or it can be the neutral canvas that shows off your style and stands the test of time. There’s a whole big world of carpet out there and because it’s such a large investment it pays to do your homework… more
Split it Up: Design for Long and Open Spaces
Furnishing long, narrow and open spaces is a design challenge for many. People tend to either mash furnishings against walls or leave one end of the room heavier than the other. No worries, just split it up!… and always start with a plan. If… more
Keeping up with the Jetsons: Home Improvement Trends
What's new in the home improvement world? Checking out all the new and innovative products out there to make your home life easier and more efficient, and yes fun too is a must! This new year the trend towards smart homes is stronger than ever… more
Why Hire a Shrink When You Can Hire Me?
I love getting together with my peers. The conversations and shared experiences are always very interesting; some funny, some sad. The common theme is the uniqueness of what we stagers and re-designers do and the services we provide both seen and… more
Case Studies, dig in.
For those of you who love and are inspired by mid century modern form and architecture the Case Study Houses are so interesting. I think they are the marriage of beautiful construction with amazing function and style interior and exterior. The Case… more
Back To School Protest
Ahh yes it's back to school time! Having 4 kids, back to school time initiates a huge celebration at our place, for us parents that is. But all kidding aside, what ever happened to summer vacation? My kids go back this week but back in the day… more