Putting your home on the market is one of the most exciting moments for a homeowner to have. Usually it means you’re moving on to a home that works better for you and your family. There might also be profit involved, if you’ve invested in home renovations, or if property values in your neighborhood have generally gone up.

But “exciting” isn’t the only word that describes selling your home. “Stressful” is another operative word. This is an important financial thing for families — usually the home is the main asset in the family, and great care has been taken to maintain and improve that equity. When it goes up for sale, there are a lot of different scenarios. Ideally, the home will sell quickly for a price you’re happy with. But there are also situations where houses linger on the market for much longer than anticipated, and the offers coming aren’t as high as you would have thought.

What can you do to avoid the negative scenario and give yourself a better chance of the result you want?

Obviously there are many things. Finding the right real estate agent, taking care of important interior and exterior updates, making landscaping adjustments to improve curb appeal — these are all good options.

One thing homeowners can do (you could even say it’s related to landscape adjustments) is think carefully about their driveway and walkways. Pavement is an important exterior feature of a home, both practically and aesthetically. Getting it right can be a driving factor in selling your home the way you want to sell it.

A lot what you’re doing is convincing prospective buyers that they’re making a good, solid investment here. When the driveway and sidewalks are cracked or warped, and obviously in need of repair, it’s a definite negative strike. It might not be the one detail that sways people against making an offer — but problematic pavement is definitely not going to help your case.

Having a fresh asphalt or concrete installation — or at the very least, taking care of necessary repairs — is definitely going to help your case. Sure, there are people out there who are looking for “fixer-uppers” to renovate and resell. But a huge number of buyers are looking for homes that require as little attention as possible. They want the important details to be taken care of — things like siding, insulation and pavement. A renovated kitchen or bathroom is definitely a bigger factor for many buyers, but people are more investment-savvy these days. They’re more likely to shy away from a deal that includes a lot of little repairs.

Broken pavement also makes buyers wonder: What else could be wrong with the house? What problems could be lurking unseen? Addressing pavement issues before you sell you home is a good way to send a message that you’re serious about presenting your property as a worthwhile investment for a new homeowner. The nice thing is, pavement repair (and even new pavement installations) can be had for a relatively small investment that will pay dividends in the end.