If you do the job yourself, you're going to need the right tools and knowledge. If you hire a pro, you need to vet your contractor by checking out customer reviews to get the right person. Here are the details of both options and their cost considerations.
The draw to save money and have more control over the job draws many homeowners to the prospect of DIY. However, there are a few pitfalls to consider.
With DIY, the labor is free. The costs for materials per 1,000 square feet are around $440 when using a mid-range sealer. However, this number doesn't figure in fixing any cracks or applying a second coating, which can cost you another $180 in sealcoating. The average cost to patch a driveway yourself is $3 to $5 per square foot.
In the age of information, you have plenty of reviews and honest customer feedback at your disposal. Shop around for the best quotes from reputable companies. The right professional will get the job done correctly the first time. They'll also bring their own materials, so you won't have to buy them and learn how to use them. When you want no room for error, hire an expert.
The driveway has to be clean from all dirt, oils, etc.