How the right driveway can add curb appeal to your home
Every home seller is striving for great curb appeal. Why? Curb appeal is kind of like love at first sight. A potential buyer sees the outside of your home and they just know that’s the home for them. Once they see the inside of the home, those feelings intensify until they’re committed to buying the home.
That’s great news when your home is in tiptop shape, but when your drive way is in disrepair it can really put a damper on your curb appeal. Here’s why.
It makes a bad first impression
When it comes to curb appeal, first impressions are everything and your drive is like the red carpet leading up to your house. It’s big. It’s prominent. And people are going to notice if it looks bad. Once they see the state of your driveway, they’re going to start to wonder what else you haven’t kept up in your home. Are your pipes leaky? Is there mold hiding in your bathroom? Is the roof in disrepair?
A damaged driveway is dangerous
That last thing you want when you’re selling your home is to have people tripping and falling before they even get to your front door. Not only does it make a bad first impression, it’s dangerous. Potential buyers are also going to start working how they’ll navigate the drive in bad weather, with an armful of groceries, and in the dark.
It detracts from your other efforts
It doesn’t matter if you spend hours landscaping the front of your house, repainting your doors and shutters, and making sure your windows sparkle. If your driveway is in poor shape, your efforts will fall flat.
How to do it
Even if you’re not planning on selling your home soon, getting your driveway looking great is still a good idea. This way you can enjoy its beauty before you sell—and you won’t have to rush to get it down when you are ready.
Figure out your budget
The first step in any home improvement project is to figure out your budget. That’s especially true if you plan on selling the home soon. Before you call a paving company, think about how much you can reasonably spend on this project and how big of a return that investment will earn you when you sell. Having this number in mind will help your paving company guide you to the right solution for you.
Add decorative elements
Depending on how you plan on redoing your driveway, the decorative elements may be built in. For example, you could choose to go with block paving, which will give you a well-designed brick drive that’s looks like a piece of art by itself.
If you decide to go for a simpler driveway, like a crushed stone or concrete, you can still choose to decorate the edges with pavers, wooden logs, or native plants. Be sure your decorative elements complement the rest of your landscaping
So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and turn your old, cracked driveway into a work of art.
Author bio: Kylee Della Volpe is a writer and editor at mortgages.com, a site for home buyers and sellers.