It’s no secret that first impressions can make or break the sale of a home. If you are considering putting your home on the market, there are few things about your home that will make as much of a first impression as the exterior. The New York Times reports that in order to get the best return investment for your home, it’s important to ensure your home looks its absolute best when you put it on the market. Yet, you do not want to waste money or effort on improvements that will not bring the maximum sales price.
There are actually several reasons why power washing is an excellent investment to make prior to listing your home for sale.
Power washing your home is one of the least expensive methods for cleaning large surfaces on your home’s interior. If you have been considering painting the exterior of your home before listing it for sale, you might find that simply power washing it can give your home’s exterior an entirely new lease on life for a fraction of the cost and time. Power washing does not require mixing any cleaning solutions and you don’t have to worry about climbing ladders. Ultimately, you could save a significant amount of time and money by avoiding the need to repaint your home. Even if you do decide that your home needs a fresh coat of paint before selling it, pressure washing the exterior is a great way to prep your home for new paint.
Increased Curb Appeal
Curb appeal is a critical element in attracting potential buyers and selling your home. Today, prospective buyers are actively looking for homes located in nicely maintained neighborhoods, and conveniently located to shopping and other amenities. They are also looking for homes that are move-in ready. Considering how much work moving is, it only makes sense that buyers prefer homes that do not need a lot of repairs. Outdoor appeal is one area of a home that will compel buyers to take a closer look. Pressure washing your home not only removes mildew and mold but also gives your home a fresh, clean appearance. It’s a great way to attract the attention of passersby who may be interested in buying and avoid turning off potential buyers before they even step foot in your home.
Increase the Value of Your Home
When a prospective buyer sees your home, he or she can be easily turned off if the cost of necessary repairs exceeds the anticipated value. The accumulation of mold, dirt, and grime on the exterior of a home can quickly lead a prospective buyer into thinking that the home needs more renovation than is actually the case. Even on a moderately priced home, having it professionally pressure washed before putting it on the market can make an immense difference in the selling price. Keep in mind that it’s not just the siding of your home that needs attention. Sidewalks and driveways can also benefit from a good pressure washing. If you have noticed staining on your property’s sidewalks and driveways, a good pressure washing can clean up those areas and help you to avoid the cost of repairs.
Keep in mind; however, that it’s important to have a professional handle the job to avoid possible damage to any loose areas or cracks. Leaving the job to a novice could result in chipping off parts of the driveway or sidewalk. Pressure washing is typically not a good idea for windows unless low pressure is used. Power washing can also make a significant difference in the appearance of your home’s fence. A faded, grayed out wooden fence can quickly make the rest of your property look old and dingy. By comparison, a professional pressure washing can rejuvenate the look of your fence.
U.S. News reports pressure washing to be one of the top six moves to sell your home faster. Selling a home can be one of the most stressful events in your lifetime. Understanding the steps to take to make the process faster and result in the best price possible for your home can help you to mitigate some of that stress.