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Does getting an asphalt driveway repaved make sense to selling a home?

I have a driveway that is rutted and has weeds growing in cracks. I am looking to sell my house starting next spring. Does it make sense to get it repaved, or should it be something I deduct off the price of the home, as the market is a bit down and a lower selling price may be more enticing.
  • August 31 2010 - Town of Oswego
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Get it repaved.  Failing to repave it will only serve to invite low offers.
  • October 20 2010
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Or, you could just have the gardener kill the weeds, remove the weeds, and sterilize the soil at the cracks.  Then you can do a crack patch, and just a topping coat.  You could probably have two day laborers spread the topping you pick up at your local building supply store in about 1/2 a day.

Why go to the expense of ripping up the whole thing?  Why increase the grade height and still have faulty material below?
  • October 20 2010
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Yes, you should go for that.

you have mentioned here that your driveway is rutted and has weeds growing in cracks, so you must go for an asphalt driveway repaving. here i found an article about making asphalt driveways look attractive, take a look: Click Here

  • October 20 2010
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A new asphalt driveway does not add value to a home. It adds a curbside appeal as would a manicured lawn. The more pleasant and inviting a home is, the quicker it will sell if priced properly. The old saying "First impressions last the longest" definitely stands true here! Contact an agent to market and sell your property. A good agent will tell you what to do and what you should not waste your money doing! Good luck to you!

  • September 02 2010
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Curb appeal is very important in terms of getting a buyers attention in the first place. 

As far as pricing, who knows where this market will be this spring.  If you're selling conventionally, a well mantained  property has a better chance of selling quickly at a good price (for that particualr market).
  • September 01 2010
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it sounds like a roof to me... if the buyers attach more cost than is actual then get it done ahead of time... you will make more that way..but if your market is dropping weekly - monthly... better to price accordingly and get it sold...seek a professional...
  • August 31 2010
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i would definitely have this done to make the best first impression
when trying to sell.. as you are not planning to market until spring
why not wait to just before to have it looking its best..  remember
to leave 2 weeks lead time in between to allow for pavement to settle
as you shouldnt drive on newly paved driveway for at least that long
to avoid indentations..
remember if your home isnt looking its best, potential buyers have so many choices nowadays, when pulling up to your home may just decide to move on to the next home on their list if they dont like what they see..
all the best to you..!
Lisa
  • August 31 2010
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I would have it repaved before you put it on the market. A fresh job always looks better. Get a few estimates so you can save a few $$. Good luck.
  • August 31 2010
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You are not selling to next spring and with winter coming right around thr corner,I will wait to then. If some one is coming to look at your home for sale,when it goes on the market and you are doing work on it the home looks more applealing.
  • August 31 2010
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If the worn driveway makes the property look like it is in need of repair, I would do it before you sell. It will help your curb appeal and give the buyers the impression that the house has been well cared for. That helps get you a higher and faster sale.
  • August 31 2010
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