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Posted on: April 22, 2019

Driveway maintenance and improvements can increase curb appeal and value to your property!

Deteriorated Driveway

Cold weather climates can wreak havoc on driveways, sidewalks, patios, and other property features. Curb appeal to your home can increase the value of your property. Consider making improvements to driveways and other outdoor areas around your property.

Not only can such improvements increase curb appeal and value, but they can make properties safer and more pleasant to use.  City ordinance also calls for maintenance of driveways and outdoor property areas to be maintained free from deteriorated and hazardous conditions in both residential and commercial districts.  Deteriorated driveway and parking surfaces are not only unpleasant to drive on, but can cause damage to vehicles, and are unattractive.  Such conditions in commercial areas can deter customers, and tends to reduce property values in residential neighborhoods.  Please adequately patch all potholes and repair any cracks found in your driveway area.  Asphalt driveway surfaces that have deteriorated to a state of rubble in many spots may need to be replaced entirely.  Drive lane marking and signage should also be in place and maintained to assist the safe and orderly flow of traffic at commercial properties.

When considering pavement options here are a few general tips to keep in mind.  Asphalt is generally cheaper, but requires regular sealing for maintenance and can be repaired easily by patching. Concrete, although generally more expensive, is much more durable than asphalt.  Repairs to cracks in concrete driveways are more expensive, but use of concrete pavement also provides more decorative finishing options than asphalt.

If you have questions or concerns regarding these or other property maintenance requirements, or to report concerns in your area please contact Code Enforcement by phone at 952.953.2570, or by email at: codeenforce@ci.apple-valley.mn.us.

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