The Driveway: The Often Overlooked Consideration of The Home Purchase!
You've found THE ONE! The DREAM HOUSE you've been wanting! But when you got to the house, did you pay ANY attention to the driveway? We think it's safe to say most people don't. The home draws your eye and your focus, all your attention is drawn there, BUT you need to think about that driveway if you want to avoid headaches later.
What's the driveway made of? Concrete? Asphalt? Pavers? Stamped concrete? Gravel or dirt? Each of these come with required maintenance, so factor that in to your annual cost of living.
How long is that driveway? Any big dips or hills? Doesn't matter much when the weather is beautiful, but after Mother Nature drops a half foot of the White Death on it, it WILL matter then! Do you have a tractor or snow blower, or is it just you, a shovel and one VERY sore back??!!! And seriously, have you ever tried to hire someone to come plow your driveway after a blizzard if you're not one of their regular customers?? Fuhgetaboutit!! And don't even ask about the price for that 5 or 10 minutes of work!
Is your driveway shared? Who owns it? Is it on your property, theirs or both? Who's responsible for upkeep? Is cost split, if so what amount and how often? Is the maintenance agreement recorded with the county to make it official? That "gentleman's agreement" might be fine until one of you moves away or someone has some financial difficulty, but a formally recorded agreement listing these details protects both of you.
Any culverts or water running under your driveway? Steep grades on the sides? More things to think about. You don't need erosion starting to claim your driveway or the first torrential rain trapping you in your home because you've got a temporary river running over the top!
So just a few things to add to your consideration BEFORE you write up that purchase offer on your Dream Home. We'd like you to dream peacefully in your new home WITHOUT nightmares!
Serving Warren County's residential real estate needs,
Liz and Bill aka BLiz
P.S. Need help finding that Dream Home? Call us, we'll help you buy a Warren County home just right for you!