There are many ways of doing things: One of them is the right way...

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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 As you can see my time lapse photos show that maybe these under $120 fixes were not the best.

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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.

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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!

 

 

If you are considering buying or selling a home, a luxury home, luxury investment real estate, luxury vacation homes, or luxury beach properties in Southern California, Los Angeles, Century City, Westwood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Venice or Malibu, feel free to contact me at 310.486.1002 (m) or homes@endrebarath.com or visit one of my websites at  http://www.endrebarath.com.  I am a Pet Friendly Realtor and I contribute a portion of my commission to local animal rescue organizations.

 

 

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Belinda Spillman
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I'm glad you had your assistant with you to inspect the areas.  My solution - drive an SUV.  No problemo.

Jul 16, 2017 10:07 AM #27
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Beth Atalay
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Hi Endre Barath, Jr., this is a great post, your investigation and detective work will help many. This is not a problem we have in m y area as it's a newer city but I remember those steep curbs in NY. When you want something done right, don't nickel and dime, just do the best job. 

Jul 16, 2017 10:23 AM #28
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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James Dray  yes those 'magic bullets' ha ha!!!

 

Jul 16, 2017 10:30 AM #29
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson  yes Duct-tape the fix all, cure all for any problem:))

Jul 16, 2017 10:31 AM #30
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Dick Greenberg
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Hi Endre - There are older and newer neighborhoods around here with that curb problem. Most people have them redone, and I've never seen the cheap fixes, but I'm sure they're out there.

Jul 16, 2017 02:08 PM #31
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS
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Drives me nuts Endre when folks don't do it right the first time. We do a lot of homes every year and I swear the stuf our head guy Steve finds never ceases to amaze me. I always ask - what were they thinking?

Jul 16, 2017 04:47 PM #32
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Kathy Streib
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Endre- I love this post!  I noticed that some of the newer cars have their front bumpers set at an angle to prevent them from hitting parking lot curb stops. (or whatever they're called)

Jul 16, 2017 06:03 PM #33
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386  thank you and indeed Diane and I are great in small doses together:) just kidding, Endre

Jul 16, 2017 06:14 PM #34
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Nina Hollander  interesting about the  large SUV's, and each area has their own issues, Endre

Jul 16, 2017 06:15 PM #35
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Roy Kelley  especially those that were built in the early 1940's, Endre

Jul 16, 2017 06:16 PM #36
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Gabe Sanders  you are absolutely right:)) Endre

Jul 16, 2017 07:01 PM #37
Rainmaker
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Michael Jacobs  I will have to write about a specific issue thank you for the inspiration:))Endre

Jul 16, 2017 07:03 PM #38
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Robert Sole
REM Inspections LLC - Winter Springs, FL

It isn't as much fun if you do it the right way.

Jul 19, 2017 06:51 PM #39
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®  thank you much appreciated your comment and I am glad you liked it, Endre

Jul 20, 2017 09:42 PM #40
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Belinda Spillman  like your solution:)) not the right answer but a better option, Endre

p.s.: Diane and I both have SUV's and we still have the driveway done correctly:))

Jul 20, 2017 09:43 PM #41
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Beth Atalay  thank you, most of these homes and side walks were built around 1942, hence the problem, Endre

Jul 20, 2017 09:51 PM #42
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Dick Greenberg  I never seen so many cheap fixes anywhere either outside of this pocket....Endre

Jul 20, 2017 09:52 PM #43
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS  indeed what were they thinking?? Endre

Jul 20, 2017 09:54 PM #44
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Kathy Streib  I will have to look now that you peaked my curiosity, Endre

Jul 20, 2017 10:00 PM #45
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Robert Sole  love your perspective, now seeing what you do for a living I am positive you got a good chuckle out of this post:))Endre

Jul 20, 2017 10:01 PM #46
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