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    real estate resale value?

    ok on a drive way that is now crushed stone that gets picked up with the snow blade, lawn mower and the weeds like to grow right threw it.. so here is the next course, asphalt or concrete and then will that pay for self in resale or is it just a extra that doesnt pay back except for the personal convenience ?
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    I've got the same issue.
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    I can't answer your question Larry, but know about the stone driveways.... about half of mine is now at the bottom of the hill and partially in the roadway because UPS and FEDEX and Postpersons all seem to want to back up the driveway and it's difficult to back up a 15 or 20% grade in gravel.... they continually dig holes in my DW and/or throw the rocks down the hill.

    I actually planned to asphault my driveway when we first bought the place... I contact 3 different companies to come out and give us a quote.. even stopped at the office of one and made an appointment... NEVER got a single company to offer a quote or to come out... in those days I had the money to have it done... now on SS, won't ever happen.... I just keep shoveling it back up the hill and spray for the weeds.

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    Depends on the climate. The winter weather in your and my neck of the woods will ruin a concrete driveway. Best to go asphalt. A finished driveway will add to the resale value but is pretty expensive. It cost me $3500 about 12 years ago to have mine done. 250 feet long 9 feet wide plus 2 parking areas.
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    I'm sure it will add to your resale value considerably. Contact your friendly local realtor for their opinion based on selling experiences.
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    Chuck, You and I are in the same boat pretty much. My driveway is fairly long and steep, and the delivery trucks really take a toll on it. Now that we finally got some moisture, I'll get on my little garden tractor with a box scraper on the back and do some maintenance. I typically try and drag as much of the gravel back up as I can. Can't do it when it's dry, because of the dust and the fact that then it's about as hard as concrete and it does no good.

    The big issue is that all of the gravel has pretty much worked it's way into the ground...

    We buy roundup by the big ole jug at Costco and I have a 15 gallon sprayer I put on the back of the garden tractor. First couple of sprays in the spring I'll go through 3 or 4 tank fulls spraying all of the gravel areas around the house...

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    well bob,, i was leaning that way it looks good when yu give it a new seal job and the concrete once it get cracked always looks less appealing..and to replace the crushed rock again as it keeps getting moved or packed down in the dirt is costly too..then add on the fact that i am not a bank,, where does the cost match the benefits and who for?
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    I've never had a home appraisal that even mentioned the driveway. I'm sure it does add some value if the whole thing is easier to maintain, but some may see that as a maintenance factor after it gets to be older. I guess you could look at it as a pool. Some see it as an asset, others will see it as a expense.
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    I'm not a expert, but Roundup is not what I use. You can spray with Roundup and can plant in the same place in a week. I use a soil sterlizer that I spray on once a year. It works great. Keep in mind that I live in a arid area so not quite as much growing going on. But I don't think Roundup is the correct application.
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    Don't know if it will raise the value but it sure could be the difference between a sale or no sale, great selling point Never have regretted asphalting my drive and it sure cuts down dirt in the garage and house Besides gravel can have the tendency to be thrown from mowers thru door windows and they aren't cheep to fix either

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