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Spring Cleaning on Long Island for Prospective Home Buyers

Spring Cleaning on Long Island for Prospective Home Buyers

As we put the harsh winter behind us all homeowners begin thinking about cleaning away the residue of the harsh winter months and making their houses beautiful once more.  For many this rite of spring is part of a to-do list that they have work through every year to prepare their homes for spring and summer months.  For others, it is a necessary step as they prepare to sell their homes.  As with selling a car or any other item, you want to make your home look as attractive as possible so that potential home buyers will have the best impression.

Deck Power WashingWhen cleaning a house in preparation for sale, no detail is too small or too insignificant.  For some home buyers, even the slightest perceived imperfection could alter their view of what they will pay or even if they will buy.  Many DIYer’s think that they can do the job themselves but often what they see as not an issue (because it was not an issue for them) could be a serious issue for the potential buyer.

Regardless of whether you take a top-down or bottom-up approach, you must be diligent in your assessment of what needs to be cleaned or freshened up.  Start with the walkways, driveways, patios and porches around your house.  If they are paved they need to be cleaned to remove any discoloration and residue from snow melting materials that may have been used during the winter months.  Proper cleaning of these areas will reveal any cracks or minor repairs that need to be made.  Similarly, if you have wood porches and decks, a good cleaning will reveal if a new coat of stain or seal is required to freshen up the areas.

Next are the exterior surfaces of the houses.  Windows always benefit from a good clean and once the initial post-winter cleaning is done the upkeep of the windows is simple.  In terms of what covers the exterior walls of your home, regardless of if it is siding, shingle, stone-face or brick, a solid power washing will bring all of these surfaces back to life and make them shine.  In the case of wood shingle, a good cleaning in preparation for re-painting is always a good call to make.

Finally, the roof and the gutters deserve a good cleaning as well.  Both can become discolored which could indicate the growth of moss, mildew and other organic growths that thrive in an environment where the constant presence of moisture combined with long-term exposure to the sun to provide the perfect growth environment.

But do ensure that the process is done professionally, quickly and completely, hiring a professional power-washing company who has experience in these areas may be an expense worth considering.