A driveway is usually the first thing visitors see when visiting your property and kerb appeal plays an important part in the value of any property. It is a popular misconception that any form of home improvement is costly. However, there are a number of things you can do to improve your driveway that doesn’t involve spending a lot of money.
Here are 5 tips on how you can smarten up the look of your drive and help give your home that desired kerb appeal.
When something sounds simple it usually is, keeping your driveway clean and tidy will go a long way to improving the look of any property. If you have overhanging trees keep on top of clearing the leaves during autumn. In the case of gravel driveways regularly rake them so the gravel is evenly spread and looking neat.
In the case of block paved, asphalt or concrete driveways it is probably worthwhile investing in a jet washer. That way regularly cleaning your driveway and removing any build-up of dirt becomes easy and much less time-consuming.
Improve the Borders
Always keep the areas around your driveway neat and tidy. Planting flowers or bushes around the edges of your driveway can give your garden a real boost. However, if you do this it is important that you keep the areas tidy.
Make sure you weed or prune the beds and plants regularly to keep the beds looking tidy and well cared for. However, if you are not green-fingered and are looking for a lower maintenance option why not think about putting in some decorative stone that not only looks attractive but is relatively low maintenance.
Install Outdoor Lighting
Outdoor lighting is not only extremely practical but can enhance the look of any outdoor space. Using lights to highlight features of your exterior is a sure-fire way to make your driveway look inviting. Illuminating a pathway will not only make it look better but also make it safer as there is nothing worse than having to stumble up your driveway when you get home after a night out.
Lighting up your drive will also make your home more secure as it is a well-known fact that thieves love to operate in the dark. This can be done for less money than you think as there are a variety of solar LED light options that don’t need hard wiring.
In some cases, there may be no option but to resurface your driveway. If this happens it is important that you choose the option that best meets your particular needs. The most popular choices seem to be Block Paving, gravel or asphalt. When resurfacing always use the services of a professional well-respected company as there are horror stories out there about less than reputable operators charging extortionate amounts for work.
Keep Your Driveway well maintained at all Times
It is imperative you keep on top of any maintenance work as small problems have a habit of suddenly becoming larger more costly ones if not dealt with. By ensuring any issues such as cracks and potholes are resolved quickly you will ensure your driveway continues to look smart and attractive.
Whether you are looking to improve your kerb appeal because you want to sell your home or just want the smartest home in the street following the tips above should help you get there.