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Low-cost, high-return concrete repairs

Published On: May 01 2012 10:06:46 AM CDT   Updated On: Sep 28 2012 06:27:49 AM CDT

(NewsUSA) - In today's highly competitive housing market, every advantage counts when attracting potential buyers to your home.

Traditional home upgrades, like bathroom and kitchen remodels, return less than 70 percent of their cost, so homeowners are looking elsewhere for project ideas.

According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), 50 percent of the time a home is sold before a buyer even gets out of their car. Improving a home's exterior, or curb appeal, can give buyers better first impressions.

For exteriors, the some companies offer a line of inexpensive, easy-to-use products whose impact can mean the difference between another week on the market or making a deal:

Spruce Up Driveways

If a potential buyer pulls into your driveway and sees small cracks and mystery stains, they're probably walking away with a bad first impression.

A concrete resurfacing mixture offers an economical alternative to replacing old concrete. Following a thorough pressure washing, homeowners just mix, pour and squeegee. The resurfacer results in a durable, wear-resistant surface that can be driven on after 24 hours.

Quick Patching

Patching unsightly cracked or pitted concrete surfaces such as steps, driveways and sidewalks can be an easy improvement using a concrete patcher.

Fix Small Cracks

For minor concrete repairs, like cracks less than half an inch in width, a crack seal can offer an easy solution -- simply shake the ready-to-use product and pour it directly from its bottle. Once applied, the material blends with the natural color of concrete for a uniform finish, becomes dry to the touch in 30 minutes and maintains adhesion throughout freeze-thaw temperature cycles.

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