Recently we were asked the question, “Does paving my driveway increase the value of my home?” The immediate answer to this is, YES! Paving your driveway is a wonderful investment we highly recommend for several reasons.
Paving Increases Your Home’s Value Immediately
Take for example if you are preparing your home for sale, what is the first thing that they see on your property? Your driveway is the first thing that potential buyers notice when they arrive to look at your home.
If your driveway is rutted and difficult to drive on, it is an immediate turn off to both your guests and home buyers. The ease of access to a location is a significant factor in whether someone will buy a home or not.
Consider Your Neighborhood
Let’s not forget that the neighborhood you live in also affects the selling price of your home. If you live in a community where everyone has paved drives and you do not, it will make your property stand out negatively as opposed to others.
On another note, if your home is the only one in your neighborhood that is paved while the others are not, it increases your home’s value by a higher margin.
Buyers Appreciate the Aesthetic Quality of a Paved Drive
Besides, paved driveways look great! A properly paved driveway is a smooth delight to drive on and should be considered the welcome mat to your property.
Gravel and dirt drives generate messes during rain and snow. Also, I will not forget to mention that gravel is easily washed away with heavy rain. You watch your investment wash away with the water that pours down during storms. While at the same time track in mud and muck into your home.
Conversely, when the weather is dry gravel, and dirt driveways throw an amazing amount of dust into the air that settles onto buildings and plant life. However, if you pave your driveway, you can leave all these messes behind because asphalt eliminates them.
Other Benefits of Paving Your Driveway
Eliminating messes is only part of the reason why you should pave your drive. There are many more reasons!
Vehicles that travel on paved roads are much quieter than those who are running across dirt and gravel. The more paved roads in your neighborhood, the less noise you will have to deal with. Perhaps the best perk of all is that asphalt pavement requires little maintenance.
Unlike gravel which can be washed away, that you will have to replace often, pavement only needs sealcoating every 3-5 years. That’s it, and if you have any minor repairs that need work, you can fix those at the same time as having your sealcoating completed.
If you live in an area where you receive snow in the winter, you will greatly appreciate a paved drive. As soon as the sun hits pavement it begins to melt snow and ice quickly because of the black color of the asphalt. Moreover, if the snow is too deep a paved drive can be scraped to help it melt faster than gravel. Gravel is too fragile to scrape with heavy equipment which is why it is left to thaw on its own. You really cannot go wrong with having your driveway or road up to your home paved, and that is why we recommend it to all our customers.
If you are looking to upgrade the look of your property or are looking for a way to boost its value for sale contact us for a free estimate anytime! Prime Paving & Sealcoating is a family-owned and operated business with over 60 years’ experience. Let us help you with all your paving needs!