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ahax30

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i have a roughly 20 yer old concrete driveway and walkways, overall they are not in terrible shape, but it does show its age with a couple pads crack, and 2 lifted up in corners about 3 inches creating a trip hazard. I am thinking about selling my home and am wondering if i should get the driveway redone. If i were to do so it would be in pavers and would have a family member complete the job with materials for roughly 60% less than what i was quoted by 2 local companies.

If i were to sell the home would it be worthwhile to get the driveway redone? The interior of the house has already been updated, in case that is relevant.
 

miktay

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I've walked up many driveways and thought to myself that "all this house needs for curb appeal is a fresh driveway".
New pavers vs. cracked concrete would make a decision easier for a potential buyer.
 

Mr Rex

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Probably the yes or no answer as far as a decision of one house over another, however there is no microscope that gets that detailed imho.
 

VegasWayne

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Concrete pavers need to be installed correctly. Preparation of the base is very important. Improperly installed pavers look very bad after a year or two.
 

Restrain

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I know one individual that dumped over $50K into pavers for the drive, entry walk, etc. only recovered a fraction of the cost in value. Now, if you can get the work done for 50% under contractor cost,pavers would be feasible. But look at the surrounding neighborhood. Are pavers typical for the area? If no, pour a new concrete drive and paint it to complement the house and put the difference into landscaping, new front door, etc, whatever would improve the walk up
 

DTB

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Concrete pavers need to be installed correctly. Preparation of the base is very important. Improperly installed pavers look very bad after a year or two.
He's selling
 

TRESinc

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it's been years since i did FHA or VA work but i seem to recall something about drives and sidewalks being a hazard if they have moved more than 2". i'm sure someone will chime in with the right answer but it could limit your pool of potential buyers.
 

RSW

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it's been years since i did FHA or VA work but i seem to recall something about drives and sidewalks being a hazard if they have moved more than 2". i'm sure someone will chime in with the right answer but it could limit your pool of potential buyers.
FHA does not consider cracks to be an MPR repair now.
 

Lee in L.A.

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How much is the cost to redo it, $2,000 or $3,000? More?
And about how much is the property value? $100k? $300k? >?
Numbers might help you decide. :peace:

pour a new concrete drive and paint it to complement the house
Paint the driveway? I've seen garage floors painted or epoxied, but not a driveway.
Maybe it's a FL thing? :shrug:
 
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