There are many ways of doing things: One of them is the right way and the other….
As we walk our Westchester neighborhood, my assistant and I often stop and ponder and then just shake our heads as we move on.
There are many ways to fix problems, not all are as good as others. We have noticed that in our neighborhood in the 90045-zip code, there are some curbs that are too high for the standard driveway. Hence in today’s age of low riding cars such as the Prius, damage often occurs as you attempt to traverse your driveway. Here is an example of the curb that needs the grading softened. Keep in mind these homes were built in the early to late 1940’s when there were no low riding cars.
We have been observing the various ways homeowners solved these challenges. So, after we have been monitoring the driveway corrective measures we thought we would like to share some of them here with you.
There is an old saying it is worth doing things the ‘correct way’ the first time. Then again, not all people subscribe to this theory. Some people find that inexpensive solutions are just as good as expensive solutions.
As we were observing these various solutions I decided to do a little investigation as to the costs of the various solutions.
This is a heavy-duty curb solution advertised on the internet that it can hold five tons of weight. Pretty incredible. Of course, it would help if it was installed properly against the curb. I have had the opportunity on numerous occasions watching the BMW M5 bottom out before these great improvements were added to the driveway. I find the bricks were very helpful, since it would have been too much work to remove and install the curb solution correctly. On the other hand, I am not so sure it would solve the original problem.
As you can see my time lapse photos show that maybe these under $120 fixes were not the best.
Now the wider and longer curb ramp seems to be holding up quite well for about $250. Interestingly the installation was much better and it seems to mitigate the curb to driveway elevation relatively well. Now, I find that this solution is clearly sending a message, that everything inside the home has been done inexpensively. Should they ever decide to sell, they will be sending a message to the potential buyers that this issue will need to be address.
Then of course here you have the $1800 properly engineered version of solving the problem. The curb is mitigated by a proper grading and the message is clear it was done correctly the first time and will not need to be revisited down the road.
Now if you are looking for a Realtor who does things the right way not just in the 90045 zip code but in the Greater Los Angeles area, please reach out to me directly for a confidential discussion!
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