So, you’ve bought your new house and now you are wondering whether or not adding a driveway to your property should be a key consideration. Believe it or not, this decision can take a lot of time. Here are some of the key considerations.
When it comes to driveways, some home owners think they are a waste of money for something which essentially will only provide “a place” to park their car. This point of view is not held by most, many of whom bear testament to the fact that the laying of driveways is now more popular than ever.
The average opinion among house owners is that investment in a drive is an easy, sure fired way to improve the value of their property, as well as adding visual appeal to it.
Make a perfect first impression
It is said that you only get one chance to make a first impression and nothing creates an impression quite like an attractive, well laid drive.
When looking at a property, the first thing a buyer will see is the drive. If this is pristine, he will assume that the house is in a similar condition. If it’s poorly maintained and in need of repair, again he will assume the house is in a similar state.
Even where selling property is not involved, many home owners have driveways laid simply because they are attractive. And with the many materials and finishes available there are some spectacular results.
For properties having two and sometimes three cars to park and manoeuvre, there are practical benefits and added functionality to be gained from a well-designed driveway.
If you consider the current cost of house prices it will be apparent why it is increasingly difficult for people to move up the housing ladder. With the average cost of relocating now exceeding £12,000, many are concluding that it makes sense to stay where they are and improve their property, rather than move.
Adding a driveway to your property makes it more valuable
Typically, a well laid driveway can add 5-10% in value – perhaps even more for a large or sweeping drive, if it makes the home more attractive. It’s a fact, well carried out improvements can add thousands of pounds to your house price and at a fraction of the cost involved in moving. Few represent greater value than a well laid driveway.
Your home will benefit enormously. Apart from adding value to its price you may well find that your home even becomes a more enjoyable place to live. For sure, the increased value in your property will help you up the housing ladder by helping to reduce the funding gap on your next property.
However, do bear in mind that planning is essential. Too many projects end up over budget and a little time spent researching can save hundreds of pounds.
Call the professionals at Home Logic Driveways to discuss your particular project. We cover all of Hampshire, Dorset and West Sussex.