Selling Your Home: Three Important Tasks to Add Curb Appeal

house-for-sale-small When it comes to selling your home, making an excellent first impression is key to attracting buyers. This begins with the exterior. Many home buyers decide whether or not to see a home based on how it looks on the outside. There are numerous things savvy home owners can do to add curb appeal. Following are just three tasks that will instantly increase improve your home’s  exterior appearance.

  1. Professionally Wash Windows

If you are trying to sell your home, clean windows is a must. Prospective buyers want to see a clean house, inside and out. Also, having clean windows during showings creates brighter, more inviting rooms. Money Magazine estimates that having routine professional window cleanings can provide as much as 769% return on investment because of the visual value that it adds to your home when it’s time to sell.

  1. Clean Out Gutters (and repair/replace as needed)

Having clean gutters and downspouts makes your home more inviting. It also shows prospective buyers that you’ve taken extra-good care of the property. Savvy home buyers know that when gutters and downspouts are properly cleaned and maintained, the home they are considering is generally in a better maintained condition. It is also one less thing a new home owner has to deal with when they first move into their home. Conversely, poorly maintained or damaged gutter systems may suggest possible future, costly problems.

  1. Power Washing Siding and Decks

Power washing is considered to be one of the most affordable way to increase your home’s value. According to the National Association of Realtors, a pressure washed home can add $10,000-$15,000 to the sale price. Pressure washing your home removes stains and mildew that can make a home look unattractive, stalling a prospective home buyer from putting in an offer.

Serving Chicagoland and surrounding suburbs, My Window Washing offers professional and affordable window washing, gutter cleaning and power is washing services. Call 1.800.941.2790 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

6 Signs You Need New Windows

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Windows play a large role in your home’s appearance and its energy saving abilities. Recognizing when it’s time to install new windows is important to any savvy home owner. Fortunately, the recouped costs for replacing windows (vinyl or wood), in the greater Chicago area, is between 82% and 88.4%, according to the 2014 Cost vs Value Report. Following are six signs it might be time to replace your windows.

  1. Window Trim is Chipping, Peeling, Missing, Cracking, or Rotting

What is the condition of the trim around your window?  Peeling paint, cracking or rotting are signs of moisture, over exposure to UV rays or extreme temperature changes. Aesthetics aside, these conditions tend to lead to warping around the windows. Continue reading “6 Signs You Need New Windows”

Top 6 Reasons to Hire a Professional Window Cleaner

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Over time, the outside window glass can become infused with contaminates such as hard minerals, acid rain, oxidization, paint, caulking, and other materials. Since glass is porous, these pollutants tend to settle into grooves and valley. Regular window cleaning is required to prevent permanent damage. Experts recommend a minimum of two times a year is highly recommended to prevent glass degradation and to maintain your windows’ luster.

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