Exterior House Cleaning to Prepare for Showing and Selling
First impressions are everything, and you can never take them back.
So if you're looking to sell your house, the first thing you're going to want to take care of is the outside.
Nothing says "home sweet home" like a beautifully painted, well-kept frontside of the house.
However, there's more that goes into it than repainting over old scratches and giving the siding a thorough wash. You want it sparkling more than a freshly-waxed sports car.
Here are some pointers to help get you started with your exterior house cleaning to set your house up for success.
1. Pressure Washing
While it was already mentioned that there's more to exterior house cleaning than just washing the siding, it's still a very important step.
However, don't just start cleaning the house exterior with a hose and a spray nozzle. You're going to need a bit more power than that to wash away the algae.
Find a day that has a forecast of little-to-no wind and call your local pressure washing expert to set up a time for a thorough clean.
You might consider having them tackle the house exterior, outdoor patio/deck, and the driveway with a pressure washer.
They know the correct way to keep the spray moving and provide extensive cleaning without damaging any of the deck itself.
You've undoubtedly seen the difference that a good pressure washing does of removing dirt from concrete and asphalt.
Having them take the pressure washer to the driveway will make it look when it was first installed. That's a trait your potential buyers will notice right away!
2. Apply Waterproof Sealer
Once that driveway is looking spick and span, it's time to make sure that bad boy holds its shine.
Applying a waterproof sealer to the driveway will help stop any future stains from cultivating in the bumps and cracks of its concrete.
The best practice for applying a waterproof sealer is by grabbing a paint-roller with an extender pole.
Begin rolling out the waterproof sealer in the middle of the driveway and work outwards to the edges from there.
Make sure to put up signs to remind you and everyone else not to walk on it for a day or two after it's been fully applied.
3. Get Rid of the Clutter in Your Gutter
Don't think you're in the clear of doing this if it's spring or summer at the time of cleaning.
Some trees, depending on which ones you have in your yard, have leaves and other parts that fall off year-round. That means you may have debris in your gutter you don't know about.
That means someone needs to get up there and clean it out... But it's not that simple. Gutters are a fickle thing and need to be treated with care, which is why you should call a professional gutter cleaning service to get an estimate.
Not only can they clean your gutters of all debris, but they can clean the downspouts and even place in preventative gutter guards to channel the water more efficiently.
They'll also check the total integrity of your gutter system by scanning for cracks and dents that may become an issue down the line.
It's a pain to get a long ladder and clean the gutters out by yourself; get someone more knowledgeable to do the job right!
4. Provide Upkeep to the Flower Beds
One of the best ways to accentuate your lawn's diversity is by laying new mulch to the flower beds you have in it.
This will give your lawn a firm and organized shape to its layout that's satisfying to the buyer's eye.
Did you lay out a fresh patch of mulch not too long ago? Perfect! Then all you'll need to do is freshen it up with a rake.
Make sure to give the flower bed a definitive line between green and brown/black.
Also, if you're trying to get rid of the awful mulch smell, there are products you can look into.
Even though the potential buyers will know what the smell is, it doesn't mean it isn't still off-putting to them.
5. Get Rid of Dead Plants
Every lawn-caring American is guilty of leaving a dead plant or two out in their front or back lawn.
Whether you just haven't taken stock of your plant's condition in a while or are somehow hoping it'll magically revive itself, it's time to remove it from the yard.
But before you go tearing down the flower beds like the grim reaper, make sure to look up ways of determining if the plant is, in fact, completely dead.
You'd be surprised by the significant facelift that your garden (and entire lawn) receives after cutting out gloomy-looking plants with no life left.
More than that: make sure to comb your yard of any faded flowers (pieces of the plant that aren't producing). Getting rid of those faded edges will help the plant allocate all its energy to the features that are blossoming.
You Have a Friend in Exterior House Cleaning
Perhaps the exterior house cleaning process is a bit more elaborate and overwhelming than you'd previously imagined.
There's no reason you should have to go it alone in this process when you can get the professional touch and make your house sparkle for potential buyers.
Be sure to get your free quote today and see how we can help you in cleaning the exteriors of your current and future home.