If you're going to put your home up for sale, it's probably worth the expense and effort to improve its curb appeal as much as possible. If your home is attractive on the outside, more people are willing to look at the inside, and that means you'll sell the home quicker and at a better price. One thing to consider is the driveway. If it is stained and faded or covered with cracks and holes, then it may be best to have it resurfaced so it looks like new. Here's how the process works.
Resurfacing Saves Your Old Driveway
Resurfacing is a cost-effective way of restoring your old driveway. It is much cheaper than tearing out the driveway and putting in a new one. The asphalt on top is new, so the driveway looks fresh. The new surface adds years of life to the driveway so potential buyers can rest assured they won't be looking at the expense of a new driveway for years to come. As long as the driveway is stable underneath in the base level, it can be resurfaced even if it is covered with cracks and potholes.
Resurfacing Repairs Damage
Resurfacing gives the driveway a fresh appearance and repairs damage at the same time. To do the job, a paving contractor brings hot asphalt to your property in the same way he or she does when the driveway is first installed. The hot asphalt is poured on the surface and leveled off. This allows the new asphalt to seep into holes and cracks so they are repaired once the asphalt cools and hardens. That means prior damage won't show through one the driveway is dry. It also means it saves you from the expense and time-consuming labor of filling individual cracks and holes to make repairs yourself. When the job is complete, the driveway looks like a new one. This improves the appearance of your property and when done along with grounds maintenance and exterior painting can make your home very appealing to potential buyers.
Resurfacing a driveway is a fairly quick process and depending on the heat and humidity, the asphalt dries quickly too. However, you don't want to wait until the last minute to have the work done. Allow plenty of time for the driveway to cure so it can handle all the traffic it may get when you put your home on the market and have an open house. Plus, asphalt paving is done in dry weather and when the temperatures are mild, so you may need to schedule the work in advance since paving contractors are usually busy in late spring and early summer. Even though you may not want to invest money in improving your driveway when you're going to sell your home anyway, if you can get the money back, and if it helps sell your home quicker, then it is money well spent.
For more information, contact a business such as New England Paving.