With today’s housing market, homebuyers can afford to be picky. People want the best, so a home can easily slip through if it’s not up to par. When you decide to put your home on the market, you need to see it through a potential buyer’s eye. Think zero clutter and sparkling clean gutters. You are giving future buyers a glimpse of how the home could look while being lived in, not how the home looks being lived in at the moment.
We understand getting a home ready to sell can be overwhelming and time-consuming. So, check out these five tips on how to whip your home into shape to attract those future buyers.
Clean the Roof of Your Home
Whether you choose to do it yourself or hire a professional, roof cleaning is an essential part of improving your home’s curb appeal. Not only can a roof cleaning improve the physical appearance of your home, but it can also prevent real damage that will lower your home’s value.
If you do not clean your roof regularly, it can start to build up with clutter. For example dirt, black algae streaks, moss, grime, or other debris. Moss and grime, if left unattended for too long, can cause your shingles to lose much of their water-resistance. Therefore, causing major water damage. This in turn can result in an expensive roof leak that could cause you to lose hundreds to thousands of dollars.
If you are not comfortable cleaning your roof on your own, give Advance Pressure a call and we can assist you. We understand how important roof cleaning is. So, if you are currently missing shingles or know you have potential damaging debris, we can take care of that, too. No amount of pressuring washing is going to help if your roof is already damaged. Pressure washing your damaged roof could actually lead to more damages.
Don’t skimp out on the cleaning and damage control. Remember, buyers, are going to love a good roof.
Repair the Gutters on your Home
The gutters around your home are meant to do one thing – direct water away from your home’s foundation. Gutters are a critical part of protecting the structural integrity of your home, so making sure they are in great condition is a must.
Gutter maintenance is essential in avoiding major water damage to your home. The last thing anyone wants to deal with is an expensive structural repair.
Some common gutter problems can include:
- Leaks and Holes: If your gutters have small holes, you can fix them with gutter sealant. However, if you are experiencing large holes in your gutters, you will need to have them patched up.
- Sagging Gutters: Over time the fasteners on your gutters will begin to deteriorate. When this happens, the fasteners will become loose and cause your gutters to sag.
- Missing Gutters: If you purchase a home that does not have gutters, make sure you invest in some. Gutters help protect your house from water damage and unwanted debris, saving you money in the future.
Clean the Gutters on your Home
Besides water, other unwanted debris and grime can build up in your gutters. To prevent damages and nasty build-up, your gutters need to be cleaned at least once a year. If you skip out on your yearly cleaning, your gutters could become clogged. Therefore, making them useless.
If you are experiencing clogged gutters, you can unclog them yourself. That is to say if you are okay with spending some time on a tall ladder. However, we recommend letting a professional deal with your clogged gutters.
Curb Appeal Matters
The outside of your home is the first thing people will see when they pull into the driveway. You want this first impression to be a lasting one. So, making sure no dirt or grime is on it is a must.
The exterior of your home is exposed to the elements all year, so deep cleaning is extremely important for enticing buyers to take a second look. To get your home clean, start by washing the gutters and siding. Supplies that are typically used to clean the exterior are:
- Water Hose
- Pressure washer
Be sure to use these with caution and proper protective wear when doing so.
You may also want to take the extra time to clean off your deck or porch to have it looking it’s absolute best. However, when it comes to cleaning the siding of your house, make sure you use supplies that work on that type of material.
Supplies to clean a brick house will more than likely differ from a sided house. If at any time you’re questioning how to clean your home’s exterior or are not sure how to go about it, it’s best to leave it up to the professionals.
Clean Away the Dirt on Your Home or Driveway
Stains can easily accumulate on your driveway. These stains are an unsightly scene, especially when you are trying to present your home in the best light. When trying to clean your driveway, it’s best to use a degrading agent first to remove all oils and stains that may be present. Then, use a pressure washer to soak it all away. If you are taking this task on yourself, make sure you have the proper protective gear to wear.