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May 10, 2023

Go for the gravel road?

It’s home-buying season and you have a list of homes to consider from your local realtor.  That one with the beautiful images of a remodeled kitchen is at the top…but it also appears to be located on a gravel road.  Does it stay on your list or is it a no-go?

Buying a house on a dirt road can have both advantages and disadvantages. It's important to consider several factors before making a decision: 

1. Maintenance: If it’s a county or municipal road, it may be maintained by the local road commission.  You may want to find out how often that is, if surface chemicals are used and how dusty it can be in summer months.  

2. Dust and Mud: Depending on the weather conditions and the amount of traffic, unpaved roads can generate dust in dry weather or become muddy in wet weather. This can impact the cleanliness of your home and vehicles, and may require extra cleaning efforts.

3. Accessibility: Gravel roads might not be as easily accessible as paved roads, particularly during extreme weather conditions. Consider the distance and ease of reaching essential services like grocery stores, schools, and medical facilities.

4. Privacy and Noise: Dirt roads tend to have less traffic compared to paved roads, providing a quieter and more private living environment. However, this can vary depending on the location and usage of the road.

5. Property Value: The impact of a dirt road on property value can vary. In some cases, it may lead to a decrease in value due to accessibility concerns or potential maintenance costs. However, in suburban areas, dirt roads can be common, and property values might not be significantly affected. 

If you’re seeking that quieter environment and it’s not a major connector, the gravel road and remodeled kitchen sound like a great combination.  Consult with your local real estate agent who has knowledge about the area. They can provide insights into the local market conditions and the potential impact of a dirt road on property values.

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