One of the most visually satisfying things in the world is seeing all of the dirt and grime that has accumulated over the years vanished from your front porch, steps, and driveway. Pressure Washing is by far the quickest and easiest way to get this dirty job done. Not all power washers are build the same, but chances are- they’ll get the job done. Whether you’re using electric or gas, it’s very important to exercise caution throughout this process. Depending on how comfortable you feel doing it yourself, it might be in your best interest to pay a professional to take care of this dirty job for you. Most crews usually have their own portable tank, with plenty of hose length for any job. If you’re whole house is looking a completely different color than from it’s original paint job- it might be time to bite the bullet and have the whole thing done. (If you do choose to take care of it yourself, make sure you’re protecting your feet, eyes, and hands from any misfires). Pro Tip* The recommended PSI for decks and home exteriors is around 1500, while around 3000 PSI is necessary to get your driveway sparkling again.
If you’re front porch is mainly made of wood, chances are you’ll have already made your mind up in the paint vs. stain debate. Re-evaluate your decision to make sure it’s showing the home in it’s best light, and still in-line with your budget. Regardless of what you choose, chances are that you’ll need to redo the process every few years to keep it looking fresh. White paint is great, but will show the effects of wear and tear before almost anything else. If your wooden porch is uncovered, stain is probably your best option to keep you and your guests safe in bad weather conditions.
Your front door should also be a topic of discussion during the curb-appealing process. A unique color can make a home standout from the crowd and initiate a great start to home showings to potential clients. If you decide to choose something out-of-the-norm, be sure that it flows with the rest of your house in some way or another. Regardless of your decision, be sure to take your time and do the necessary prep work. A few coats should do the trick, and if there’s any leftover paint- use it to cover a few new flowerpots and continue the color trend throughout the entrance-way. New doorknobs and locks can also make a big difference on the first impression, especially if they’re sticky or becoming corroded. Keyless entry has been a big trend in the housing market recently, and simply re-programming an entry code can make it that much easier for new buyers to secure their new home after the sale.