Older homes in densely packed areas can often split a driveway with the neighbor. If your shared driveway is gravel, you might find yourself wanting to pave your half for both appearance and ease of cleaning. The ideal situation is consulting your neighbor, who agrees to pave the whole driveway and to split the cost. But reality doesn't always work out that way.

Find Out Your Legal Rights

Before you start the project, you need to make sure you are legally allowed to pave your half. You will want to check with city records to see if either your home or your neighbor's includes an easement pertaining to the driveway. An easement is basically a stated right of usage to a mutual aspect of the properties, such as a shared driveway.

If there's no easement, meaning you each fully own your half of the driveway, then you can pave without your neighbor's permission. But if there's an easement saying that your neighbor has a certain percentage right to the use of your driveway, then you might have to get the neighbor's permission in writing that it's okay to pave your side of the driveway.

Call in a Paving Contractor

You don't want to attempt a half-paving on your own, especially if there's a grade difference between your side and the neighbor's. It's far too easy for the concrete to roll down onto their side, which can cause both a mess and a giant argument.

Make sure the paving contractor understands exactly where your side of the driveway ends. The paving contractor should erect some sort of frame that clearly marks that boundary to make the lines on that side clean and entirely on your side.

It's also advisable to consult with your neighbor prior to the project beginning so that they know a paving crew will be working in that area. Try to keep any related equipment or personnel clear of their side, so that your neighbors don't lose any usage of their driveway.

Use a Physical Border

Once the paving contractor has completed the actual paving process, you should figure out a way to create a physical border that marks the line between your concrete and the neighbor's gravel. This will keep your guests from accidentally backing off the pavement and into the gravel.

You can use landscaping stones or brick to achieve this while maintaining an attractive look outside your home. Again, make sure the bricks are on your side of the driveway.

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