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Planning and Executing Construction and Contracting Projects: Tips for Consumers

Welcome to my blog. My name is Deborah. About 15 years ago, I bought an old home. We worked with several contractors to rehabilitate it, but ultimately, the foundation simply wasn't stable enough, and we had to tear it down. After that, we worked with a construction crew to build a home from the ground up. The experience was exciting and challenging, and I learned a lot through that process. I want to share construction and contracting facts and information with others so I decided to start this blog. I hope that you like the results, and I thank you for reading. Enjoy!

Planning and Executing Construction and Contracting Projects: Tips for Consumers

Two Areas Of Cracked Concrete That Can Deter Potential House Buyers

by Samantha Russell

Spring and summer in Australia are the seasons when house sales traditionally rise. Not only does the nice weather encourage house buyers to get out and hunt for their next home, but the end-of-year holidays give plenty of vacation days to move. However, during the winter, moisture gets into small concrete cracks and makes them bigger. There are two areas of your home where cracks in concrete need repair before you put your home on the market.

Entrance to Front Door

First impressions are everything when it comes to selling your home. Not only does the house exterior and the gardens need to look maintained, but so does the path leading to your front door. If crumbled, cracked concrete is the first thing the buyer sees, there is an instant doubt placed into their mind about whether or not the rest of the home has been maintained.

A concrete contractor can repair small concrete cracks for you. Concrete repairs involve the pouring of a flexible epoxy into the cracked area. Once the epoxy sets, you have a restored piece of concrete which can handle ground movement and temperature changes around it. Large cracks may require damaged areas to be removed and replaced with new concrete.

Not only is broken concrete a negative eyesore, but rough concrete is a health risk. You don't want a potential buyer tripping over it on their way to your front door.

Patio and Pool Decks

Summertime is when people want to get outside into the fresh air. Outdoor dining and entertaining are popular among Australians. Therefore, you need to take a critical look for broken concrete in your patio and pool areas.

Just like with the front pathway, arrange for the repair of small cracks while considering the full replacement of large broken concrete patches. Make sure you take care not to do further damage while spring cleaning these areas. Power washers are a great way to clean algae off patio and pool concrete, but the force of the water can make small cracks a lot bigger. Do the concrete crack inspection before you start cleaning so you can identify problem areas in advance.

Spring is the ideal time to have a concrete contractor repair cracks. When the weather is more predictable, the process to stabilise broken areas is faster. This is because inclement weather won't interfere with the epoxy drying process. If new concrete is required, volatile weather won't slow down its drying process. Either way, your home looks a lot more desirable to a potential buyer than it would if you do nothing about cracks in your concrete.