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Driveways are a necessity, they give you somewhere practical, convenient, and free to keep your vehicle when not in use, but you need to consider its installation carefully if you want to install it correctly from the start and avoid any mishaps that might affect the selling process. 

Driveway Practicality 

If a driveway is anything, it needs to be practical, which means you need to think about how many cars you have at the moment -remember, your family can increase, and there might be additional cars in the future – you also have to consider the number of visitors you will have. 

Most people want to have some driveway and some grass, so you have some percentage options when laying down new paving; you might also wish to consider the possibilities of selling the home in the future, make sure you have enough space for an average family these days.    

Driveway Style 

Consider the driveway style carefully before investing in the materials; as a general rule of thumb, the driveway style should be led by the style of the home – if it’s a traditional home, stone paving is best, but with a modern home, you have more options, so contact asphalt contractors

Remember, the choices you make for your driveway paving will affect the value of the home and your ability to sell the property – curb appeal is one of the first things that people see in the property and remember. It’s an investment, so set a budget and consider its added value. 

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Driveway Access 

There is nothing worse than installing a brand new driveway only to discover that your two cars fit there nicely, but the doors won’t open – this is a common issue and means the cars have to be reversed before they can be properly boarded. Remember, a driveway can be any length. 

Again, you need to consider the number of cars that will occupy the space carefully and decide how much additional space you will need. For ease of access, you might also wish to create an open-ended road with edging to protect the decorative shrubs and plant life around the edge.  

Plants and Shrubs 

Installing a new driveway on top of an existing one is usually simpler than installing one on new ground, that’s because there are plants and shrub roots that can be damaged in the process, killing off the garden. For this reason, it’s best to use a professional contractor from the start. 

No matter where your starting point is, planting trees and shrubs in the garden or the edges of the driveway is a nice idea; not only do they look pretty and improve the curb appeal of the home, but they can help absorb some of the carbon dioxides from the vehicle cleaning the air. 

Final thoughts 

A new driveway can improve the curb appeal of your home and add value to the property; it can also make your home life more practical and enjoyable. Before you choose a driveway, make sure you get the style and dimensions correct and arrange your plant life in a sustainable way.    

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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