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I have a gravel driveway. will paving add resale value?

  • April 28 2010 - Plympton
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I am a realtor in CT. In all the years I have been in business the driveway is an issue. It is the first thing mentioned when driving into the driveway.  "This driveway is not paved"  This driveway is in bad condition".  I would say yes, but depends on the area the house is located in.  If its off a gravel road, lower price range, area where no neighbors have paved driveways, I would say no.  Again like Leslie says, first impressions play a very important part.  The elements also play an important part since we get cold snowy winters. How nice does a property look when you drive into a paved smooth driveway.
  • March 19
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Anyone who says that a paved driveway doesn't add value to a house has not been in Real Estate for very long. First impressions play a large part in "selling", and turning onto an "unfinished" driveway can be a huge negative. There is a reason that "paving" exists.  The biggest one is "maintenance". An unfinished driveway will always have to be dealt with, whether(no pun intended) it is snow or rain, the elements will tear it up. But the best part of a paved driveway is it's appearance, and the neat finished look it provides.
  • March 19
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I would think so but I wouldn't expect to see a large percentage of return on what you put into it. I suspect almost everyone would prefer paved over gravel but I also suspect that they won't pay a great deal to have it. If you're paving it only in the hopes that it will be profitable, then it's probably a mistake.
  • January 13 2011
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I do not think that this improvement would particularly raise the value of your house, but it is quite possible that many people would find a paved driveway much nicer and easier to deal with.
The Boston winters can be very difficult on property and cars alike.
Changing your driveway would help you with any snow removing efforts, as well as up-keep....but make sure that it is done properly due to the weather conditions. Driveways can crack and deteriorate very rapidly if done improperly.
  • November 01 2010
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With all things being equal.... I would have to say no.  As long as both are well kept and attractive I do not think the cost of paving your driveway will make your home more valuable on a resale.
  • May 16 2010
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I am going to go out on a limb... and just say "no." Very rarely will paving add any value, whatsoever. The real question is what type of gravel do you have, and how does it hold up? A nice gravel drive way can hold up better than a paved driveway. I said can, because it depends on the type of gravel and they application process.

Questions to ask...
Can I kick the driveway and have dust fly everywhere?
Does gravel run into the road, or moves during a rainstorm?
How well does it hold up to plowing? (If applicable)
  • May 10 2010
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To add resale value to your home you will have to look at the surrounding homes as well.  If they all have paved and you are the only home with a gravel drive, it would be a smart idea to conform to the others.  If you have a long driveway you may not want to spend the money to pave it, but if you have a short drive you may want to spend a little extra and put in an extra parking space for guest cars as well.
  • May 06 2010
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it depends on what is common for your area
  • May 03 2010
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If the norm is paved, then yes. In MA where winter plowing is an issue buyers tend to question the easy of plowing/shoveling a drive that isn't paved. They tend to think they'll be replacing the gravel every spring and the expense that will bring.
  • April 30 2010
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Does is make it easier and more useful to you? If so, it will make it easier and more useful for the next owners, therefore the resale value would be greater or at least it may reduce the time on the market the next go around.

  • April 28 2010
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If it is common in the neighborhood to have a paved drive and the comps for the home have paved drives, then yes a little.  It will also depend on how lng the drive is. Is the apron already landscaped?
  • April 28 2010
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