The Importance Of Professionally Cleaning Your Roof, Render and External House Areas Before Selling

Quick — take a cursory glance at your neighbour’s house and take note of what you see. What are your initial impressions of the home’s outward appearance? If you’ve noted anything that makes a less than stellar impression, imagine, for a moment, what your house looks like to outsiders. This is just one of several reasons why it’s essential for you to professionally clean your roof and house exterior before selling. Let’s take a look at a few more.

Curb appeal

Remember your initial impressions when you took a quick look at your neighbour’s house? That, in a nutshell, is the essence of curb appeal. You have one chance to make a good impression for potential buyers, and if they don’t like what they see on the outside, they’re less likely to want to tour the inside.

An immaculate exterior is not just for show. However, it can also boost home value, especially in the minds of your buyers. So, why wouldn’t you want to do everything you could to make a stellar first impression?

It’s not all about appearance

Yes, while curb appeal is crucial when you’re planning on selling your home, making sure your home’s exterior is free of dirt and mould is essential for more important reasons. After an exceptionally rainy season, many homes can develop a back splash of dirt and residue, which becomes a breeding ground for mould, algae, and fungal growth. 

If you’ve ever seen an old home with a roof covered in moss, the brilliant greens may be lovely to look at, but underneath that moss are shingles in disrepair. 

Avoiding damage 

Untended growth can eventually lead to roof rot, damaging the structure of your roof, compromising its integrity, and even ending in collapse or cave-in. 

When moss, algae, and lichen grow on your roof and siding, they begin a slow process of degrading the integrity of the materials. Because the organisms mentioned above develop root systems for nourishment and growth, those roots seek purchase in your home’s shingles, siding, or render. Thousands of tiny roots infiltrate the material, causing it to break down over time.

To extend the life of your roof, render, or siding, preventative maintenance is a must. Call in the professionals to remove debris from roof areas and power wash the build-up of dirt, moss, and mold.

Preventative maintenance

Many homeowners aren’t aware that a little preventative maintenance can go a long way with their roofs. In fact, that maintenance can end up saving you thousands of dollars over the life of your roof. Don’t worry. If roof maintenance has been an afterthought for you, all is not lost. Start by having a roof inspection completed and going from there.

Before hiring a roofing company for inspection, ask friends and neighbours for their recommendations. You want to make sure you hire a company you can trust for this task. 

Roofing contractors look at four areas when conducting a roof inspection: structure, interior, material, and workmanship. And based upon their findings, the contractor will make recommendations for maintenance and repair.

Make sure you keep a thorough record of the preventative maintenance and repairs you’ve completed on your roof. When it comes time to sell, you can give your prospective buyers’ peace of mind — and the confidence to buy — with proof that your home has been cared for under your ownership.

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