Make a Right First Impression with a Decorative Concrete Patio and Driveway

Spring is the best time put your house on the market for a summer sell. Families want to be relocated and ready to start school in August. Experts at Forbes.com encourage homeowners to “Boost their Curb Appeal” when preparing a house to sell. “Don’t spend all your time indoors. More than one buyer has decided not to even enter a home based on its curb appeal, so make sure your home’s exterior looks excellent.” If you’re on a tight budget, experts recommend sprucing up the front entrance because that first impression goes a long way. One first time home buyer said, “I spend a lot of time viewing houses from the outside. My agent and I will often meet at a house. If I reach the property before my agent arrives, I’m left standing outside for several minutes — with nothing else to do but scrutinize the exterior. Before I go inside the house, I already have a strong feeling about it.”

With this said, what can you do make your patios, porches and driveway more inviting to a potential home buyer? Direct Colors offers a variety of affordable color and seal products to make your home stand out against the competition!

Consider the Options:

If your patio, walkway and driveway concrete are in good condition, then staining is the best possible option. Acid stain offers a diverse, mottled color look that is unique to the process and is by far our most popular color option. Our how-to acid stain concrete guide is thorough and written for DIYer’s. If you’re looking for the easiest and least expensive color option, look no further than the Liquid Colored Antique Concrete Stain. Clean the concrete, allow to dry and spray on. Fast and Simple. This product offers a wide selection of colors that are more solid (though still translucent) in appearance than acid stain finishes. Both products require a high quality concrete sealer as the final step in the process.

Broken or spalling concrete, especially on driveways, is a real turn off for home buyers. No one wants the future responsibility of deteriorating concrete. If your concrete is only breaking away in isolated areas, properly clean and prepare the concrete for a patching compound. Once the concrete is patched, the driveway could be stained with the Liquid Colored Antique Concrete Stain or overlay the entire driveway for a durable, fresh concrete coat that can be colored or textured any way you want!

Decorative concrete generally needs to be resealed every 2-3 years to keep it looking its best. If your previously colored concrete looks dull and shabby, re-seal it with Direct Colors’ Sprayable Satin Finish Sealer. Shiny, but not a slip hazard when wet. That’s key for outdoor concrete generally. Buyers don’t want to fall on your wet driveway.

Other Tips for Boosting Curb Appeal. Don’t spend all your time indoors. More than one buyer has decided not to even enter a home based on its curb appeal, so make sure your home’s exterior looks excellent. Trim your shrubs, weed your flower beds, fix any peeling paint and keep the walkway clear. Just adding a row of potted plants along the walkway or a cheerful wreath to your front door can make a big difference.