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Oh No! Not a Steep Driveway!

Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Clemens & Sons Realty

In Farmington, we've just experienced a near-miss with an ice storm while some of our friends to the Northwest are dealing with it directly.  They are experiencing inches of ice coating tree branches and causing electrical outages.  And tonight, widespread threats of black ice will make travel treacherous throughout Connecticut.


Imagine, selling your home this season, and your driveway slopes and curves.  Try to factor the loss of value that causes!  Thousands!


Enter Radiant Heated Driveways.  Cables installed in the driveway melt the snow and ice.  Some systems actually detect when the snowy, icy conditions arise.  The homeowners can activate a system manually when it starts to snow, or an automated system can switch on to respond to the undesirable conditions, and melt the troubles away.


Systems can be installed on walkways, too, protecting homeowners, their friends, family, and all visitors from potentially dangerous falls.  The stress and strain of shoveling snow is no longer a problem helping those with bad backs or bad hearts.  Even the driveway itself is spared the degradation and damage incurred by repeated snow removal.


Typically, the costs run between $12-21 per square foot plus the cost of the new driveway itself--- definitely substantial.  However, if the topography of your homesite demands it, it could be money well spent.  And  if you need to stand out from the crowd of other homes in the snowbelt, you can bet that the buyers will notice!


For more information about preparing your home for sale, call on me, and let my teams of professionals get you top dollar in today's market.

Janna Scharf
Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene - Coeur d'Alene, ID
Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert

Yep, that is a good solution, best to be implemented BEFORE installing a driveway.  They really are wonderful when done properly, and will definately add value to the house. 

Dec 12, 2008 06:28 PM
J Perrin Cornell
Coldwell Banker Cascade Real Estate - Wenatchee, WA

We use them here too (Wenatchee WA). And the are a big help... gosh and it even gives me more time infront of the TV...LOL

Dec 13, 2008 02:12 AM