Why first impressions count: driveways and land

According to the numerous scientific studies that have been carried out on the subject, it only takes 7 seconds for the human brain to process that all-important first impression. That’s right – just 7 seconds for someone to form an opinion on just about anything you can imagine – and that includes your home. If you are considering putting your house on the market, then that means that you need to ensure that the exterior of your home ticks all the right boxes and has the perfect kerb appeal, because this is the first thing those potential buyers will see.

Creating the right first impression with your home is about ensuring that your home is the one that stands out to potential buyers. In doing the work that is necessary to achieve this, you will undoubtedly add value to your home, and you might also be able to reduce your maintenance costs. 

If you are not planning on selling your home, then consider the benefits that improving your kerb appeal might have to how YOU feel about your home. So, step back and take a long hard look at the front of you home. If your driveway and garden do not have what it takes, then now is a good time to rectify that.

Create a stunning driveway

A good driveway can add significant value to your home. It can be a pricey job, but it is certainly well worth having done and properly. With so many different types of driveway to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start. Set yourself a budget and then start doing some research into the possible options that you might choose. 

Perhaps your current driveway isn’t working as well for you these days compared to when you first purchased your home – you might need more space for additional vehicles or a better laid out space, or to add more greenery to. Discussing your options with a professional company may well throw up suggestions of things you might not have considered possible. You may not be aware of all the different types of finish currently available for your driveway either – gone are the days of either tarmac or blockwork.

For example, recycled resin is a popular choice at the moment and the results can be spectacular. This type of driveway is made using a blend of aggregates that are coated with a clear UV-stable polyurethane resin. The gravel is then completed to ensure a smooth surface that has no loose stones. This is a very easy driveway surface to maintain and is porous so will not have you splashing around in puddles when the heavens open.

Another popular option is block paving for your driveway – which comes on myriad colours and designs. Whatever type of material you choose for your driveway there are a couple of points to consider. It is important to use a reputable company who know what they are doing, so do your research. There is more to a good driveway than just the materials used for the top layer. It is very important that a good foundation is created before the driveway is “fitted”, as this will ensure long-term stability and correct drainage solutions. 

Landscaping your gardens

Of course, once you have gone to all the trouble and expense of having your driveway redone, then you may want to turn your attention to the remainder of the front of your property. Quite often doing one job on your home can lead to another. However, with a bit of careful landscaping you can easily renovate your gardens. 

Again, choosing the right company to assist you with this is key to getting it right. They may have some suggestions that you haven’t thought about. This could be the perfect opportunity to not only reinvigorate your gardens but also make them easier to maintain. This is something that will not only save you time in the future but also money as well. 

A carefully designed outdoor space can add thousands to the value of your home. It can make it a great space that you and your family can really enjoy and if you go for something low maintenance, then when the time does come to sell, you should be able to keep it looking its best for visits by potential buyers. 

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Whatever your favoured outdoor aesthetic, AJG Construction can’t wait to get started on your dream landscaping project. Call us today for a free no obligation estimate.

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