Tips for Instant Curb Appeal if you are Selling or Renting a Property
If you are planning to sell or rent out your property, make sure it has enough curb appeal for the highest price.
Maintaining the exterior of your home is essential for many reasons, not least of which is the ability to increase the value of your property. Another good reason to keep the exterior of your home clean and well-maintained is when you are looking to sell up and move on, or if you decide you want to rent out the property. While there are professionals that can do this job for you, a good cleaning of the exterior of your property is a fairly simple do-it-yourself project.
White or light coloured sectional panel steel or aluminium garage doors need cleaning regularly to keep stains at bay.
Formulate a Plan of Action
The first thing that you need to do before you delve into a home exterior cleaning project is to plan and prepare your home, as well as all the tools and equipment you may need. The best time to clean the exterior of a home is during a warm and dry spell. Washing on a windy day is ineffective since outdoor elements brought about by the wind may only stick to the surfaces that you have just recently washed.
You will also need to take steps to protect the area around your home, by covering up small plants or shrubs with plastic sheeting or drop cloths so that any cleaning agents you use will not come in direct contact with them.
Where possible, move any garden or patio furniture away from the house. Cover all air vents, power outlets, and other electrical features outside your home with plastic secured with duct tape to prevent accidental damage.
Houses decorated in white or light colours tend to show dirt more than those decorated in darker paint colours.
High-Pressure Washer to Clean Exterior Walls
Scrubbing the exterior of a house with nothing more than a rag and a bucket will work to clean but it will take you a significant amount of time and effort. The easiest and most effective to do this job is to use a high-pressure washer.
Pressure washing regularly will help mitigate against the build-up of mould, mildew, green algae, dirt, dust, and other outdoor elements. However, you need to ensure that you use the right nozzle and set the proper pressure to avoid causing cosmetic damage and structural issues on your home. You only want to clean the exterior walls and trim - not remove the paint!
Cleaning a Patio, Entertainment Area or Deck
A pressure washer is great for cleaning floors, walls and trim around patios, outdoor entertainment areas and decks. However, where any damage such as rot or mould is starting to appear on wooden structures, treat the wood with a suitable chemical solution that contains oxygen bleach, as this will prevent a reoccurrence.
For a natural stone or brick patio, the use of a pressure washer may prove to be enough to clean the surface, but if you likewise need to deal with moss or mould growth, use a plant-safe cleaning solution to eliminate it.
GOOD TO KNOW: If you need to remove oil stains use a degreaser to get rid of these stains.
Washing Exterior Windows and Glass Doors
If you have a high-pressure washer, these are very effective for cleaning windows and glass doors, provided that it is set on the lowest setting. If the pressure of the washer is set too high, you may damage beading or loosen putty around the glass panes.
Add a low-pressure nozzle or brush attachment and use this in conjunction with a cleaning agent to remove any stains on your windows. Other than a pressure washer, a safer alternative would be to use an exterior window cleaner that can be attached to a simple garden hose.
Once you have effectively washed your windows, make sure that you dry them properly. Air drying your windows may leave water streaks behind. To avoid this, use a long-reach squeegee to take off excess water from your windows. If the glass still has some of those water streaks, wipe off any remaining streaks with kitchen towels or disposable cloths.
Cleaning a Tiled or IBR Roof
According to the experts, while pressure washers work well on most of your exteriors, you must avoid pressure washing your roof as much as possible. Instead, simply sweeping it can do the trick. Otherwise, you can use a leaf blower to remove debris not only from your roof. In the event that your roof is already covered in moss, water cleaning may no longer work. What you need to do in this case is to treat your roof with a cleaning product that is specifically designed to break down moss and prevent it from growing. Click here for details on how to paint a cement tile roof.
Keeping the exterior of your home clean
and looking brand new is indeed challenging.
However, if you regularly wash your exteriors
with a pressure washer, you can prevent the
accumulation of dirt on your outside walls that
occurs over time. Giving your home a good clean
before placing it on the market will ensure you
get the highest price for the property.