All of the wonderful things you’ve doing to improve and green your home (for sale) on every floor, and from wall to wall, will not be appreciated – or even seen – unless you can get buyers past your front door. Maybe you can’t judge a book by looking at the cover, but potential buyers can decide whether to look further into buying your home based upon what they see on the outside.
From the Outside Looking In
Before repainting you may want to consider just washing your house first. It may only need a power wash – or pressure wash – to brighten up that old coat of paint. If you haven’t done it before you might be surprised by the instant results: dirt and grime build-up are washed away with a minimum of effort, leaving you with nice clean surfaces that will be easily seen from the street and sidewalk!
Pressure washing isn’t only good for the house itself. The roof, the driveway, the front stoop, the walkways and the back deck will benefit greatly from a good power washing too. Simply hosing down the driveway or deck won’t do the job. Years of dirt, grime, grease, oil and mold can really build up and a simple hosing down cannot clean it as completely or as thoroughly as a good pressure wash can.
One-Stop Power Washing?
Once upon a time you could hire a single contractor to to provide all of your pressure washing needs. One might wash your house, strip your wood deck, pressure wash your roof, clean your gutters, stain your wood deck, pressure wash your driveway, seal your back patio and even wash your dog all at the same time!
Nowadays, a few individual contractors have perfected methods to provide specialized service in just one area. Here is a list of some of the specific services offered by the pressure wash industry:
* House Washing
* Gutter Cleaning
* Roof Washing
* Window Cleaning
* Driveway Cleaning
* Sidewalk Cleaning
* Concrete Patio Pressure Washing and Sealing
* Driveway Sealing
* Paver Cleaning and re-sanding
* Paver Sealing
* Wood patio stripping/staining
* Wood patio restoration
Some contractors have mastered several of these so that they can offer a suite of services from the above list. Consider what you need to have pressure washed and find a contractor that offers that service. If a contractor is capable of pressure washing your house, then chances are good he also possesses the knowledge to pressure wash your sidewalk as well. However, it is always best to know what specific services a pressure wash company offers.
Seek and Ye Shall Find, Ask and Ye Shall Receive
Ask any contractor to show you samples of his/her work (before and after photos, perhaps) and to also explain the steps they will use to clean your property. It wouldn’t hurt to ask if they could do a demo for you as well. And get references! Of course the best thing might be to go and see the curb appeal of a job they’ve already completed. Then imagine how that will translate into raising the curb appeal of your own home for sale!
Lara Taylor – Realtor/Broker
Twitter – @AskForLara