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Maintaining Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is a term you often hear in the real estate world. However, it’s not just important when you’re buying or selling. It’s something you need to maintain all year round, so if you ever do decide to sell your home, you won’t have tons of work to do.

While most people think curb appeal has mainly to do with landscaping and new paint jobs, it involves a whole lot more than that. Once you’ve got the exterior of your house looking great, there are a few things you need to do to keep it that way!

Clean concrete

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Pressure washing outdoor surfaces regularly is always a great idea. Over time, mold, mildew, dirt, moss, and more can build up on driveways, patios, and decks. By blasting away the dirt and grime, you’ll be giving your home an instant facelift. It’s important to note that pressure washing isn’t just about keeping things looking nice—by removing the dirt and grime, you’re helping these surfaces last longer. If you never clean your deck or patio, these surfaces can deteriorate much quicker than they would with regular cleaning.

Shiny siding

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You might think you can just pressure wash the dirt off your home, but that’s a big no-no. The pressure is much too high for most surfaces and can end up blowing off paint or putting holes in siding. What you want to do instead, is make sure you have your home washed by professionals who use the right equipment to scrub away the dirt and grime without damaging the surface. It will leave your home looking as good as it did when you first painted it, (and it will make that paint job last longer too!)

Clean and clear windows

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Windows are easy to forget about. We often go all winter long without noticing just how dirty they’ve gotten. But when the sun peeks out, you’ll definitely see just how noticeable those dirty windows really are. Clean windows show that you really care about your home, and also play a big role in energy efficiency. Did you know that dirt and smudges on the windows can also make them less efficient at conducting heat? It’s true—sunlight reflects off of the smudges and is unable to heat the inside of your house in winter. That’s a pretty great reason to keep them clean!
If you take these steps to maintain your home now, it means you don’t have to take on the bigger tasks of painting and landscaping as often. Not only will it save you some serious coin in the long run, but you’ll feel pretty awesome about having the best-kept home in the neighborhood.

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