As the old saying goes, there’s never a second chance to make a first impression. Think back to the last time you were looking to purchase a home. The exterior appearance was a big deal, right? A home that looked great on the outside created a positive impression leaving you more likely to take a look inside.
On the flip side, a home that looked ho-hum or shabby on the outside probably left you less inclined to go in and take a look around. In fact, maybe the exterior of a particular home was such a turnoff that you decided not to see the interior at all. After all, who wants to take on a mess after moving in, even if it lowers the price?
There are a lot of facets to making a home’s exterior create a great first impression, and one of them is pressure washing. Whatcom Pressure Washers serves Whatcom County homeowners by cleaning, beautifying, and protecting their properties. Let’s have a look at why it’s smart to perform some pressure-washing projects before you put your home on the market, and why it makes sense even if you aren’t selling.
Preserve and Increase Property Value
As time goes by, agents such as dirt, dust, smoke, wind, and more will impact the exterior of a house, especially windows, the paint, the walls, and the roof. If you don’t take steps to mitigate this, they will degrade the appearance of the home, and that will lower its resale value. Power washing preserves the value by helping keep things clean.
Furthermore, power washing can increase the home’s value. Exterior features that are clean and in good condition typically signal to prospective buyers that repairs won’t be necessary. Buyers confident that they won’t be facing expensive repairs and renovations are more likely to bid higher; for many, the peace of mind is well worth the extra cost.
Renovations Are Easier
It’s a fact of life that before you put a home on the market, some renovations will be necessary in order to make it more appealing to buyers. Decks and siding are frequent renovation projects since they make powerful visual impressions. Pressure washing does not complete renovations on its own, of course, but by keeping things clean, it makes renovations easier (and less expensive).
Prevent Permanent and Costly Damage
Mold, moss, and mildew are the enemies of homes, and they’re particular concerns in our region since we get so much rainfall. Once they start to accumulate on exterior surfaces, they become harder to clean and they make serious damage more likely.
Repairs for these problems are expensive, often totaling in the thousands. Worse, if a home inspector or attentive buyer spots these problems, both the chances of a sale and the price are going to drop markedly.
Regularly scheduled pressure washing as recommended by a professional service like Whatcom Pressure Washers takes care of little problems before they become big problems, and it often prevents problems from developing at all.
Boost Curb Appeal
We already touched on this, but it’s so important that it’s worth repeating and elaborating upon. Regardless of the ultimate impact on property value, an unclean exterior means lower curb appeal. Your interior may be spectacular, but an uninviting exterior will turn a certain percentage of buyers away right on the spot.
Even those that stay to take a closer look are already going to be less inclined to make an offer and/or more inclined to offer below asking price since they anticipate paying for renovations. As a result, the selling process becomes longer, harder, and more frustrating.
Some good pressure washing goes a long way here.
Maintain a Home’s Beauty
Even if you’re not planning to sell anytime soon, you have a vested interest in your home’s beauty simply because (and science supports this) a clean, beautiful home tends to correlate with happier, healthier residents. Being outdoors is good for you, and when your property is clean, safe, and beautiful outside, you’re far more likely to spend more time out there.
Pressure washing by professionals like Whatcom Pressure Washers is an easy, convenient, and affordable way to protect your home and increase its value. We also know that pressure washing isn’t just about the obvious things such as decks, siding, and roofs. Patios, driveways, sidewalks, gutters, and more need attention, too, and we’ll give an expert evaluation of your property and the care it needs.
Whether you’re looking to sell soon, in the future, or even maybe never at all, it’s never to early to include safe, environmentally friendly pressure washing as a way to keep your property beautiful, healthy, and clean.