How to Add Value to Your Home

By Tyler Kirk | Pressure Washing
Updated on: 4/26/2022

On average, curb appeal can add about 12% to the value of your home.

So, if your home is worth around $264,000, investing a little time and a few hundred bucks here and there can add up to an extra $36,000 when you sell your home.

It isn’t too good to be true. Even something as little as power washing your driveway and home exterior, or making sure your windows are crystal clear, can increase the overall value of your home. You can also do things like:

  • Pressure wash your exterior
  • Landscape cleanup and planting
  • Do a front door renovation
  • Have your windows professionally cleaned
  • Refreshen with new paint
  • Declutter inside and out

We can’t help with all of those things, but as experts in pressure washing and window cleaning, we can break down how these two essential tasks can greatly increase the overall value of your home!

5 Ways Power Washing Adds Value

Not exactly sure how pressure washing your property can add value? Here are the top five ways power washing can improve the look and feel of your property, making it a more attractive choice for homebuyers and a nicer place to live for you!

1. Keeps Your Home Looking New

You may have heard on the home renovation TV shows that you watch or maybe it's even something your realtor even said. Adding a new driveway to your home can really help to make your property look brand new. After all, a brand new, stain-free driveway is what you normally see with homes that have been recently built.

But, why invest the money into a brand new driveway when you could just have yours regularly cleaned? Depending on how large your home is, having a brand new driveway laid could cost thousands. Regularly having your driveway cleaned will not only help to keep the exterior of your home looking brand new.

2. Raises the Market Value of Your Home

Just think about what you would be buying if you were shopping around for a new home--would you rather spend your money on a home with spotless sidewalks, decks, and a stain-free driveway? Or, would you rather buy a house that has algae growing on the deck, sidewalks with gum spots, and a driveway that's stained from automotive oil and debris? Keeping your property clean and looking tidy is a super-easy way that normally takes less than one day to raise the market value of your home!

3. Makes Your Home Move-In Ready

Not everyone loves home renovation projects. If you're looking to have your property sell quickly for a high price, you want to make sure that your house is as move-in ready as you can possibly make it. Having your property power washed so that the buyers only have to worry about settling into their new home and not worry about having to clean makes your home more attractive to buyers.

4. Shows Off Your Home's Architecture

Even just a small change of removing any dirt, grime, or salt buildup on your deck can help complement the unique architecture of your home that helps to make your property stand out from the rest of the houses for sale in your neighborhood.

5. Pressure Washing Makes a Lasting Impression

The very first impression of your home is enough to make or break a sale, and it also plays a huge influential role in how quickly your home sells. Within a few seconds of arriving at your property, a potential buyer already has the first overall impression of your home. If a buyer isn't impressed with their first view of the exterior of your house, they'll be less likely to look around the interior of your house with an open mind.

A simple cleaning of the exterior of your house is a great way to help create a positive first impression without having to spend thousands on completely renovating the outside of your home.

5 Ways Window Washing Adds Value

Money Magazine published a survey that showed that window cleaning could lead to a 768% return on cost. This means that for every $100 spent on window cleaning, realtors see a $768 increase in sale price.

The popular opinion of realtors, home improvement experts, and seasoned homebuyers and sellers is that clean windows can make or break a home sale.

Here are five ways that clean windows add value to your home:

1. Clean Windows Make a Great First Impression

The exterior of your home is the first thing people see when they walk up. Clean windows, along with pressure washing and a handful of other tasks, can make a big difference in their first impression. Clean screens and windows free of buildup and algae growth will make a good first impression and start the conversation off right.

2. Sparkling Windows are Picture Perfect

You can photoshop pretty much anything these days, but one thing that’s difficult to do—and unethical for a lot of realtors—is to change the appearance of your home. Clean windows, and a clean interior and exterior overall, make it easier to get quality pictures of your home for real estate listings and publications.

3. Clean Windows Create a More Spacious Interior

It’s a trick of the light, but clean windows allow more light and color into a room. Interior designers almost always recommend airy, spacious room designs to their clients, and clean windows can help with that as well. You can do this yourself easily, or make sure your professional window cleaning company also takes care of interior windows.

4. Boosting Your Mood with Clean Windows

A clean home is a healthier home, but it’s also a happier one too. When it comes to selling your home, you want to be in a good mood and state of mind during tours and showings. One way to do that is to make sure your windows are clean. Clean windows will allow you to give your full attention to potential buyers rather than being self-conscious of different unfinished cleaning tasks.

5. Cleaning Your Windows Saves You Money

The lifespan of your windows is important, and the age and maintenance that you’ve put into them may come up. Allowing mineral deposits, buildup, and the overall deterioration of your windows has an impact and may lessen the value of your property. Few people are okay with buying a move-in-ready home, then having to turn around and invest thousands of dollars in replacing their windows.

Wrapping It Up: How Pressure Washing & Window Cleaning Add Value to Your Home

If you’re selling your home, or just looking to renovate it to enjoy for years to come, it’s worth calling in the experts. There are a lot of easy ways to boost your home’s value, and you can certainly DIY many of them, it’s always best to leave the pressure washing, window cleaning, gutter cleaning, and guard installation up to the experts. A mistake with any of these important tasks can lead to thousands of dollars in repairs or even a voided warranty.

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