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How You Can Easily Add Some Curb Appeal to Your Home this Month

Happy National Curb Appeal Month! That’s correct, August is dedicated to helping homeowners increase their home’s curb appeal. Updating the exterior of your home to make it look better doesn’t have to be a big process. You can make it as strenuous or expensive as you’d like. If you aren’t sure where to start with your property, here are some ideas:

Landscaping. It’s normal for trees, bushes and flowers to grow during the spring and summer, but sometimes they get a little unruly. Trimming and pruning your landscaping can make a big impact on the curb appeal of your home. Regularly mowing the lawn also makes your home look well kept.

Pick up. With thunderstorms or outdoor play with kids and dogs, it’s normal for debris to be present on your property. Walk around and pick up an sticks, leaves, acorns and throw them away. If your kids are known to leave their toys outside, considering getting a storage bin that they place everything in when they are done for the day. Having a clean yard at the end of the day will make your home look more inviting.

Cleaning. Whether it’s your siding, walkways, steps or gutters, outdoor surfaces get dirty over time. Regular cleaning is a part of home maintenance. A pressure washing company, like Renew Crew, can visit your home and revive your outdoor surfaces so they look new again. Renew Crew even takes it one step further by protecting your surfaces from future dirt and grime.

If pressure washing isn’t necessary at this point, make it a habit to rinse off your outdoor surfaces with your garden hose.

Touch Ups. Painted surfaces are known to chip from time to time. Walk around the front of your home and make notes of the areas that may need a few touchups. This may include your railings, doors, mailbox and more. If you don’t have paint on hand, tester pots from your local home improvement store should be enough to fix minor touch ups.

A little effort on your property can go a long way when it comes to increasing your home’s curb appeal and what better month to do it than National Curb Appeal Month!

Professional Concrete Cleaning Can Ensure Good ROI for Patio Remodeling

Some homeowners undertake home additions to create new spaces for recreation and entertainment. Others might see a home addition as a good investment that can increase their property’s curb appeal and potential resale value. Whatever your reason for building a deck, porch, patio, or any sort of outdoor room, it is important to exercise caution and avoid spending more money than necessary.

Consumer guide website Home Flooring Pros agrees that a reasonably priced outdoor patio flooring job can offer a higher return on investment (ROI) when it is done right. Be it a ceramic tile or concrete floor, homeowners should keep costs at a reasonable level so that the property’s price remains competitive. No matter what type of patio flooring material a homeowner chooses, it is still likely to get dirty and grimy because of heavy foot traffic and continuous exposure to the elements. To increase the likelihood of closing a sale, a homeowner can hire a reputable concrete cleaning company that will get rid of stubborn dirt and stains using safe and effective pressure washing methods.

Concrete floors and driveways require special care since these surfaces are likely to crack and harbor vegetation if they are forcefully scrubbed or subjected to excessive water pressure. You cannot expect prospective home buyers to be impressed at the sight of a cracked and badly stained concrete patio floor. For damage-free and spotless concrete patio flooring, you can enlist the services of reputable pressure washing companies like Renew Crew.

When it comes to professional concrete patio cleaning, companies like Renew Crew soak concrete surfaces in special eco-friendly foam designed to get rid of deep-seated dirt and stains. This step is then followed by a thorough rinsing using high-precision pressure washing equipment. A special sealant is then applied to protect the concrete floor from the outdoor elements.

A patio remodeling job doesn’t have to be extravagant to have a high ROI potential. An eye-catching, low-cost outdoor patio that is built well is more likely to attract the interest of potential buyers than one that jacks up the property price way above the local average. You should always check out neighboring properties to get an idea about the most suitable options for flooring materials before you start to remodel your own patio.

In case you don’t yet see the need for new patio flooring, it would be to your advantage to perform any other finishing touches that can help make your home more presentable before it appears on a real estate listing. You will most likely need to carry out a thorough cleaning job that probably includes some outdoor pressure washing. If you have no experience with pressure washing and would rather not risk ruining your exterior surfaces, then you are better offer leaving this task to the trained professionals.

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DIY vs. Professional Power Washing: Consider Safety, Reliability, and Cost-Efficiency In Making Your Choice

Power washing your home is a maintenance activity that’s best done regularly, particularly if you are thinking of selling your property. Foxnews.com features tips on power washing your home as detailed by home improvement expert Matt McMillan. Before going into any details, McMillan emphasizes the need for safety.

A lot of accidents have happened as a result of improper do-it-yourself power washing practices, McMillan narrates. He believes a DIY job is appropriate only when it can be conducted from the ground, and ladders of any kind are not to be used. If you can’t do the job from the ground, you’ll need to get the services of a professional reputable power washing company.

In addition to safety concerns, the article also points out other factors you should watch out for. One of these is understanding the power of each equipment nozzle and how this can affect the results of the washing. Power washing nozzles fall under four sizes, each one releasing a particular amount of pressure which may or may not be appropriate to the surface you are cleaning.

Power washing your vinyl siding requires a nozzle with less strength than what is needed for a stone siding, for example. Too much pressure can damage vinyl or wood, while too little may not provide the power necessary for a thorough cleaning. Mr. McMillan says that determining the right nozzle size may take some experimentation.

Certain detergents can also help make power washing jobs easier and faster, along with the proper choice between hot or cold water. Once again, there are several kinds of detergents to choose from, depending on the kind of surface that needs to be cleaned. Some reputable power washing companies such as Renew Crew, however, use their own proprietary cleaning solvents that enable much more thorough and longer-lasting results than commercial detergents.

Still another factor that needs to be considered is the power source, which can either be natural gas, kerosene, and the like; or electricity. Fuel-powered washers are generally more mobile than electric ones, as they do not need to be plugged in to a power source. However, they can generate a lot of noise, as well as fumes which may be harmful to one’s health.

While a do-it-yourself power cleaning job is entirely viable, all the different critical elements that need to be considered to achieve good results point to the benefits of hiring a professional power washing crew instead. The costs involved in hiring professionals are typically higher than in a DIY job, but the results that you get can be much more satisfactory and cost-efficient. More importantly, hiring professionals for the job can better guarantee your safety and that of your family’s.

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Soft Washing and Renew Crew’s Alternative

From time to time we receive a few questions from homeowners on a method of cleaning outdoor surfaces called soft washing. We at Renew Crew don’t offer soft washing due to our company’s goal of cleaning and protecting all surfaces in the most environmentally friendly way possible and soft washing, in most cases, doesn’t reflect our goal.

So what is soft washing? Soft washing uses strong chemicals to clean exterior surfaces instead of cleaner and water pressure like we do. Many soft washing companies use industrial strength bleach called sodium hypochlorite to clean the surfaces. This type of liquid bleach is twice as strong as household bleach. We at Renew Crew pride ourselves on not using bleach on exterior surfaces because it is known to kill most living things, including plants and we don’t want our work to negatively impact a clients’ landscaping. Some soft washing companies will have an extra person on each crew to continuously rinse everything so the plants won’t be affected.

Bleach also doesn’t clean away the mold and mildew on the surface, it just kills it. After learning this, it reminded me of when I had my roof cleaned several years ago. The service provider told me that they would kill everything on the roof, but it would stay on the surface until a heavy rain. Knowing what I know now, he used a soft wash method. While the mold and mildew were killed and a lighter color on my roof (my house smelled like a pool for a week), it didn’t look clean until two weeks later when a heavy rain finally washed it away. At Renew Crew, we use a low gauge pressure wash to rinse away everything on the surface not only to make it look better, but it also allows us to know that everything is gone before we go on to protect the surface.

The biggest differentiator between Renew Crew and other pressure washing companies is that we take our cleaning to the next level by protecting the surfaces from the harsh outdoor elements. We aren’t confident that we can do that in an environmentally way by soft washing the surface.

If you have any questions, please contact your local Renew Crew office.