Jeff Pearl Homes AR Blog: Brick Patio and Sidewalk as Home Improvements

Brick Patio and Sidewalk as Home Improvements

 When you start thinking about adding improvements to your house, you should decide whether the improvement is for you to use and enjoy, or are you doing it to help sell the property. Many people overspend on finishing basements, etc thinking it will help their house sell faster and for more money. You should never expect to get back 100% of what you invest in improvements.

 Adding patios like this one carries many hidden costs that you will probably never recoup. To start, digging and grading needs to be done, and on the lower end a footer dug. Then gravel, vapor barrior, and wire are installed, then concrete slab is poured. Concrete isn't always needed, but in many cases it is. This homeowner wanted brick pavers layed in 90 degree Herringbone pattern. The pattern itself adds costs to the job because it takes longer than running bond for example. After all brick are layed, they need to be grouted and struck. Then 1-2 days later the brick can be washed down, usually with muriatic acid and water. Backfill and landscaping folow that. Also, steps need to be built up to garage door. If the dropoff is more than 32", a handrail is needed in most counties. There is a price difference between wood steps and masonry steps. The asphalt driveway needs to be blended in to the brick walkway.

 Let's say the patio you see here costs $7000.00. Don't think that it adds $7000.00 in value to your property. It's more likely that it adds $3-$4000.00 in value, and will probably help your house to sell a little faster.

 The value in some improvements is in the use and enjoyment you get out of using them over the years.


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Jeff Pearl

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Comment balloon 5 commentsJeff Pearl • June 17 2016 09:29AM


Exactly - but there are sometimes improvements one can make that do pay back more. They are usually cosmetic - paint, having the yard and flower beds spruced up by a professional. I have seen folks spend $2K to $3K on cosmetics and it got us $10K more on our sales price.

Posted by Dan Pittsenbarger, Improving Conditions (Keller Williams Western Realty) about 4 years ago

Jeff too often home owners make improvements before asking a professional about the 'real' value it will add to the home upon selling. As Dan Pittsenbarger suggested sometimes doing the small cosmetic things can add a lot of value, I've done that hundreds of times.  But....the bigger projects must be thought out carefully.  As you said - are they doing it to sell or to enjoy?  Big difference.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) about 4 years ago

#1- Yes Dan, sometimes small inprovements bring better returns.

32- Hi Anna, Agree- I've seen people spend $20,000.00 and up on basement finishinging projects, then their house never sold. Thinking before spending is a good idea!

Posted by Jeff Pearl, Full Service Full Time Realtor (RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA) about 4 years ago

I have to admit that a nice looking back patio does compliment a home much better.

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia III, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (RentVest) about 4 years ago

Too much work for too little return. A poured concrete deck would get more living room in the yard and a couple planters and furniture would do the dressing up.

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) about 4 years ago