Winter is starting to give way to spring, and I’m sure many of us are starting to look toward spring cleaning. While dusting, decluttering, and vacuuming are obvious, you should also add house pressure washing to your spring cleaning list. There are a variety of reasons why pressure washing should be on your list - from the obvious “squeaky clean” look it will give your home, to the less obvious health and financial benefits.
Pressure washing your home’s exterior will take off layers of dust, mildew, and other sediment that has built up over the year. Think about what your home is exposed to - rain, sleet, snow, pollen, falling leaves, bird droppings, insects, and a thousand other things. By pressure washing, you can help your home look its best.
Add pressure washing to your spring cleaning list if you are trying to sell your home. The National Association of Realtors reports that pressure washing your home before putting it on the market can add $10,000 to $15,000 to the sale price. Even if your home is immaculate on the inside, people won’t want to come see it if it looks old on the outside. First impressions count in the real estate world - and your home’s exterior is what potential buyers will see first.
Even if you aren’t looking to sell your home, it’s exterior could still do with a little TLC. If you live in a humid area, such as the mid-Atlantic region, you will want to pressure wash your home once a year. Not only will a good pressure wash make your home look great, it will also help keep your family healthy. Throughout the year pollen, mold, mildew, and algae can accumulate in the small spaces in your home’s siding or brickwork. Even though it may not be right next to your loved ones, these can still release spores and other irritants into the air that they breath.
If you add pressure washing to your spring cleaning list, you are making an investment in your home’s exterior. Those same irritants that can harm your family’s health can also be harmful to your house. Mold and mildew can spread and cause damage to the structural integrity of your home. Algae and other irritants that grow in cracks can cause damage over time by pushing things, like roof tiles, out of place, or causing bricks to chip more easily. By pressure washing once a year, you are extending the life of your siding, roofing, and other exterior features.
If you are going to add pressure washing to your spring cleaning list, get the most out of it by pressure washing all areas of your home, not just the siding. Driveways, concrete and brick areas (such as a patio), outdoor furniture and wooden decks could all benefit from a yearly power wash. This will make your outdoor spaces look new, clean, and inviting.
Although pressure washers can be rented from local hardware stores, you may want to consider hiring a professional to do the job. Chemicals and high-pressure equipment should be handled by someone who is experienced. While you may think that pressure washing involves turning the machine up to the highest levels, it actually requires a little more finesse. Different types of siding, brick, and windows all require different blends of chemicals and varying water pressure to achieve a deep clean without stripping paint or damaging windows. If you choose to do it yourself to save money, you might end up paying for it in the long run. Professionals have the experience that allows them to work safely and efficiently. Let their experience save you time, stress, and worry.
Give us a call at Just Right Cleaning - we are happy to answer any questions you might have about pressure washing, or to schedule your home’s next pressure washing.
For more information about why you should add pressure washing to your spring cleaning list, check out https://niftymom.com/2015/04/spring-cleaning-outdoors-clean-pressure-washer/