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Drive Up Your Curb Appeal

Is your home’s first impression being hindered  by a bland driveway, or an eyesore of a walkway? If so, it might be time to kick  start your curb appeal with a few upgrades.  From repairing to repaving, a  little attention to your home’s entryway can go a long way when it comes to  wowing visitors, not to mention potential home buyers.

Revitalize with Repairs  The easiest way to enhance your walkway and driveway is with some simple  repairs and resurfacing.  Repair cracks with rubberized asphalt crack  filler or pourable grout.  When dry, pour  water over the surface to ensure it is angled in such a way that the water runs  off, as standing water is the most common cause of cracks. Once complete, coat  with an appropriate sealer and your driveway will look like new again. 


Pave the Way to Wow  An asphalt driveway is relatively inexpensive and is less prone to cracks and  heaving than concrete.  Add eye-appeal to an asphalt driveway by lining it  with a row of trees, shrubs or other greenery, or by adding a decorative lamp  post for aesthetic appeal day and night..  Alternatively, a brick or  cobblestone driveway costs more, but can add a lot of elegance to your home’s  entryway.

 Go for Gravel  If paving isn’t in your plans, adding crushed gravel to a dirt driveway is  always an option.  Gravel is great for  bringing definition to your driveway, especially if you change its contour by  adding an inviting curve.  For a more formal appearance consider coloured  gravel: blue-grey, red or white.  Edge a small stone gravel driveway with  bricks for a finished look.

Talk with Your Walkway  If the entryway to your front door could speak, it should say “welcome”.  Transform it with stained or stamped concrete  pavers, stone, flagstones or brick.  A curved walkway provides a natural,  meandering feeling while a straight one is more directional. Embellish a short  straight walkway with a row of bricks or pavers on either side and soften with  groundcover overflowing the edges or line with low lying, attractive plants.
Neat and Tidy Gets Noticed No room for a driveway or walkway renovation in your budget? Keep things  looking good by removing unsightly weeds.   Trim grass edges for a neat, cared-for appearance.  A couple of  large pots, overflowing with bright flowers leading up to your front door  creates a pleasing, welcoming feature.
Curb appeal is paramount for showcasing not only your property’s individuality,  but to tell prospective buyers that your home is as well-maintained inside as  it is outside.


Susan Oneid

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