Resurfacing your concrete with a decorative coating is one of those things that you usually only hear about through friends and family. This case was no different. Bless their hearts for bringing concrete resurfacing to my attention.
Back in late 2016 I had one of my properties on the market. I was asking just above market value but I felt it was well worth every last dollar. I didn’t need to sell my home, but with my new blogging career I was no longer tied to the streets and felt an urge to move abroad for bigger and better things.
My house was nice, big and well maintained. My driveway however, left room for the imagination!
My Drab Driveway
There were cracks, it was discoloured and the previous owner to the house must have been a mechanic. There were oil stains and gouge marks almost the length of the driveway. Needless to say, it was not adding value to my home.
I had played with the idea of relaying my driveway. After speaking with a few contractors about it I was left with an expensive set of quotes to remove, level and relay the concrete. This would remove the ugly entrance to my home, but would still only leave me with a standard concrete driveway. Not to mention, the price was steep, we’re talking $20,000+!
I had a decision to make. Would spending the money increase the value of my home, and would it do so enough to cover the costs?
After thinking long and hard I decided to go to the best person I know for advice on home renovations. My father.
As soon as 2 minutes into the conversation, dad mentioned how a friend of his in Melbourne had decorative concrete resurfacing services to renovate and rejuvenate his driveway.
This was something I had never thought of and wasn’t even sure was possible. I had seen decorative driveways, but thought it was an added expense to laying it in the first place. With $20,000 being the lowest quote for re-laying my driveway I was never going to afford adding colours, patterns and textures. Luckily I was wrong.
Looks Great Concrete To The Rescue
I got in touch with the company that worked with my father’s associate. The company specialises in decorative concrete resurfacing including driveway resurfacing Melbourne. Right from the start, I loved the name. Looks Great Concrete, exactly what I needed!
I spoke to a contractor with Looks Great Concrete named Andrew who told me all about the driveway resurfacing, the price involved and what to expect on an older concrete surface.
The whole driveway resurfacing project was quoted at only $4,000, I couldn’t believe my luck!
I immediately had Andrew come out and inspect the driveway while also bringing some pamphlets and examples of previous work. Needless to say his service was excellent. I got an immediate answer for every question, a 5 year guarantee on the resurface and expert advice on what patterns and textures most people are looking for.
The whole project took 5 days. In the end, I went with what he called looks great fleck. The finish was an anti-slip texture with an exposed aggregate finish. There were little flecks within the surface that made it look fresh and modern. I love it!
Driveway Resurfacing Cost
The total price for all work completed ended up at $4,400 including GST, almost a quarter of relaying a new driveway. The finish is immaculate and much nicer than fresh concrete would have been.
After finishing of the driveway, and more great advice from Andrew and dad, I had the house re-evaluated……. Wait for it……..$23,000…. That is how much my house’s value increased from a $4,400 investment!
The best part, my house sold within 2 months at $14,500 more than the initial price I was asking.
If you’re ever looking to sell your home and have a sad looking driveway holding you back. Decorative Concrete Resurfacing should be something well worth looking into. I’m not saying everyone could benefit from it, but I know I sure have.
If you live in Melbourne and would like to get in touch with Looks Great Concrete you can find them by following the link further up the article. Otherwise, there website is www.looksgreatconcrete.com.au.
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