When you, a prospective buyer, or anyone else looks at your home, your driveway is one of the first things visible. As a result, it can contribute in a major way to curb appeal or lack thereof. If your driveway is damaged, outdated, or just a little too blah, our real estate agents recommend updating it. Here are a few questions to help you decide whether to update your driveway and how.
- Is your driveway cracked and broken?
If your driveway has cracks or is breaking up, you'll first need to decide how bad the damage is, and that will help you decide what to do about it. A few cracks can be patched, and then the entire driveway updated (and the patches hidden) with a spray coating and rolled texture for a classy, modern look. Major breaks will probably require a new driveway, but you can likely achieve this by patching the damage and then having the new driveway put down on top of the old one.
- Does your driveway look outdated?
If your driveway just looks old and outdated compared to other Houma homes for sale, it might be time to do something a little different, even if the old one is still perfectly serviceable. Consider the materials used for your current driveway and if you'd like to switch to a new one. Concrete and asphalt are popular options and while installation and materials can be costly they require little maintenance, compared to gravel. Your driveway can help to make or break your home's curb appeal, so if you want it to look its best, whether for you or for the ease of selling it, updating the driveway might be your best option. A textured coating for a concrete driveway is an inexpensive way to achieve the smart look of a custom driveway, for example, or you could spring for a whole new driveway and start fresh.
- Does your driveway lack lighting?
A well-lit driveway looks classy, but it offers functionality, too, as it makes it easier to navigate your driveway at night. Fortunately, lighting is an easy solution, especially if you'll be updating the landscaping too as you work on improving your home's curb appeal. Look for small but mighty lights that will do their job well while blending with your landscaping.
- Does your home need an infusion of curb appeal?
Curb appeal isn't just about selling your home. It's how good your home looks to a passerby, as well as a visitor's first impression. If your home lacks some oomph, jazz it up by refreshing your landscaping and updating small details about your driveway. For example, a landscaped border of pavers and plants alongside your driveway can help to boost those first impressions.
Curb appeal can make a huge difference in your home's value. If you're thinking about selling your home and wondering what you should update before listing, contact us today to get in touch with one of our agents.