3 Easy Ways to Fix Your Concrete When Selling Your Home

If you are in the process of listing your home for sale or are thinking about listing in the near future, then you are probably like me—looking to spruce things up without breaking the bank. Cleaning, de-cluttering, painting and making small repairs (that, let’s be honest, have been on your to do list for years!) are usually first on the list.

But the condition of a home’s concrete driveway, patio and walkway plays a major role in the overall curb appeal, too. Many ignore this because replacement is expensive, and it may not really garnish a return for the seller. Luckily, your Concrete Hero is here to share three simple, quick and affordable ways to refresh your concrete without having to spend thousands on replacement. Thus, helping you get top dollar for your home.

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Lift & Level Sunken Slabs

Having your potential buyers trip over your uneven driveway or walkway as they enter your home is probably not the best first impression. Trip hazards and slabs pitched the wrong way are just future fixes looming in their minds, among everything else they’ll nitpick about (you’ve been on that side, you know!). And if they don’t realize it, you better believe the home inspector will point it out. I have good news for you, though. Thanks to the help of modern technology, lifting and leveling those sunken areas is now a quick, clean and affordable solution.

Here’s how it works: by injecting expanding polyurethane foam through a small hole (think of the stuff that comes in a can, just on steroids) your sunken slabs are raised and the voids below are filled. The process only takes a few hours or less, and since the holes are so small (about the size of a dime) it’s barely noticeable that a repair was even made. It’s pretty awesome to see in action.

Caulk Cracks & Joints

Cracks just kill your curb appeal. What buyer wants to inherit an old cracked driveway? Does that mean you’ll need a new one? No! Cracks in concrete are actually pretty normal, and believe it or not expected. But no one likes to see them, especially those big ones. Cracks are a simple home maintenance task that many homeowners neglect, because well…how would you even know? Especially with all the other stuff around the house you have to be concerned with? I’m here to let you know that over time the cracks do get worse, which can lead to that slab sinking as the base erodes away underneath, bit by bit, rainfall by rainfall. And then you’ll have to call us to come raise it. As much as we’d love to do that for you, caulking can help prevent this. And it’s pretty darn cheap.

If you haven’t yet, it’s not too late to caulk. Professionally caulked cracks and joints is a sign of a well-maintained home. Potential buyers will think “wow even the cracks are nicely caulked”. A simple caulk job can make a world of difference. Learn more about caulking here.

Power Wash Concrete Surfaces

Concrete is really just a dense sponge that easily absorbs dirt and grime, especially if it was never sealed. Over time, it really starts to look gross. Like caulking, though, many homeowners do not take the time to clean their concrete. Because, why would you? You drive on it every day, it’s supposed to be dirty, right? Well, this is one place where the “rustic look” is not all that cool. With just a good power washing, you can wash away the age of your concrete and it will look fresh, new and inviting. It doesn’t cost much, especially if you own a power washer, but the results are drastic. Pro tip: use an orbital sprayer instead of a wand to prevent streaking.

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