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 recreation, notably (in North America) for basketball practice – Wikipedia
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%.
Whichever 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!
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