It's helpful to improve the curb appeal of your home before you put your house on the market. Painting the exterior of your home, landscaping the lawn, and improving the appearance of your driveway makes your property more appealing to potential buyers, and that could result in a quicker sale at a price you like. You can freshen the appearance of your driveway by having a sealcoating applied. Here's a look at what sealcoating entails and why you may want to have it done before you sell your home.

How Sealcoating Is Done

Sealcoating is applied over the surface of your old asphalt driveway. It goes on like paint and dries to form a top layer of protection against rain and sun exposure. The coating is dark black, so it makes faded asphalt appear new again. This coating isn't like another layer of asphalt like you get when your driveway is resurfaced, so it can't fill in holes and cracks.

Instead, repairs must be made to your driveway first, and then the sealcoat is applied. Before cracks and holes are filled, they have to be cleaned so there are no weeds growing up through the asphalt. After your driveway is cleaned, repaired, and has a new sealcoating, it will have a fresh appearance that makes your property look well-kept and attractive.

Why Sealcoating Might Help Sell Your Home

Sealcoating should be done every few years to prolong the lifespan of an asphalt driveway. If you have the work done right before you list your house, potential buyers know they won't have to sink money in driveway maintenance and repairs soon after buying your home. Plus, they can feel good knowing the driveway has a protective coating to guard against stains, cracks, and sun damage.

Another reason to have a new coating applied to your driveway is that it makes your home more enticing to buyers. Your driveway is the first thing they see as they drive or walk toward your home. When the driveway looks like it's been cared for well, and the yard and exterior of your home are in good shape, buyers will have a good impression of your house before they even step inside.

Talk to an asphalt contractor about having a sealcoat applied to your driveway. You might need to plan the work in advance since the coating has to go on in the right weather conditions and the coating needs time to dry before your driveway can be used. You'll want to arrange for the work to be done before you list your house so your property is in good shape and ready for buyers the first day it's on the market.