As you stand and look at your home from the kerb in Australia, you are pleased with the progress so far. The roof has been checked and mended when necessary, new PVC windows and doors have been installed and it has just received its first new coat of paint since it was built. However, there is something missing, but you can’t seem to put your finger on it. You look around you at your neighbour’s homes and you notice something quite unique about their homes comparable to yours. They all have their own private driveway.
A new driveway is quite a financial commitment, and then choosing the one that is right for you is also another dilemma. There are many different kinds of driveways in Melbourne and after a while it can get a little confusing. Most driveway contractors specialise in one particular driveway, but if you look, you will find one that can offer you them all. They can advise on the many different options and tell you about installation costs, expected lifetime of the drives and any maintenance issues that will occur over the lifetime of your driveway.
However, a driveway provides other benefits that are sometimes not discussed in detail and we will look at some of them here.
- In Australia every year, people get hit by other cars while getting out of their own cars. This is because they are disembarking onto a public road and cars and other vehicles are whizzing by at high speeds. If you have your own private driveway, you and your family can get out of your car in safety and get back in as well. This alone by itself, is the perfect reason to install a new driveway up to your home.
- Insurance companies in Melbourne also give reduced insurance premiums to customers who are able to park their cars off the road and in a private driveway at night. If it’s closer to your home, then you are more likely to hear a car thief trying to gain unlawful access to it and this puts opportunist car thieves from venturing into your driveway to take your car. This saving can go towards recovering the initial outlay to put the drive down in the first place.
- Even though you will be out the price of putting the driveway down, the value of your home will rise immediately. In most cases it rises more than the money that you spent to install it, and so it is a sound financial decision to decide to put a driveway in your home. It also increases its kerb appeal and prospective buyers are more inclined to make an offer on a house that has its own driveway.
It will not only look great, increase the value of your property overall, but it will also guarantee the safety of your family and you can’t put a price on that. Look into the various options that you have available for a new driveway and get it done sooner rather than later.