Home maintenance is an extremely important duty of a homeowner, the same way routine maintenance is a pivotal factor in owning a car. The concept of home maintenance probably conjures ideas about appliance cleaning and repairs, electricians and plumbers, and other tasks focused on internal parts of your home. While these are all true, washing your home should be grouped into home maintenance tasks, the same way regular car washing is considered maintenance by many car owners.
A Dirty Exterior Can End Up Costing You
The same way having a dirty car can pave the way for unnecessary repair costs to crop up, having a dirty exterior can lead to more expensive and significant repairs. While outside washing your home you can, and should, inspect the exterior and roof. Being able to notice damage and issues on the exterior of the home as early as possible is key to ensuring that small issues don’t become huge problems. Washing your home makes sure harmful substances and vegetation are all cleared away, helping to prevent possible damage.
Additionally, a clean surface can reveal swelling, cracks, crevices, and any otherwise damaged or missing pieces of your home’s exterior, allowing for a quick intervention. For example, if you don’t see damage or discoloration in the shingles on your roof, you won’t know that there is any problem to address, that is, until your ceiling starts to develop watermarks. At which point, a simple roof repair becomes a huge undertaking as you also have to remedy the water damage beneath your roof. This is exactly what can result from untreated Gloeocapsa Magma, which appears as black streaks over shingles. This is a type of roof algae that will absorb more heat into your home, and attract other organisms and bacteria that will eat away at your shingles until your home is left vulnerable to the elements.
Cleaning roof algae, as well as other dirt and grime from the exterior, can help to cut down on the absorption of heat and UV rays due to their dark colors, in addition to ensuring your barriers to the elements are kept in top shape and function. Damaged and failing shingles will lose their ability to effectively insulate your home, ultimately leaving your AC to work harder and longer in order to provide the same cooling effects. To put it simply, leaving the outside of your home unclean can have a two-fold effect on the energy efficiency of your home by making it less effective at keeping heat out and by absorbing more heat through the layer of grime.
A Clean Exterior Can Be Financially Rewarding
Not only does washing your home help its longevity, but it also helps to boost your curb appeal and property value. You’ve probably been in a situation where you performed a thorough cleaning of your home’s interior prior to having guests visit because you want your home to feel welcoming. Well people are able to see your home’s exterior 24/7, so the same respect should be paid to the exterior as is paid to the interior prior to it being seen by any guest.
Boosting your property value has benefits beyond those of either assisting in the process of selling your home, or the sense of pride and enjoyment from your home’s pleasing appearance. Let’s use an example of capitalizing on your home’s equity; imagine you want to undertake a new project on your home and you need quick access to funding. You can use your home’s equity to help acquire that funding through a flexible cash-out refinance option, such as an FHA loan, which will lump the payments of your loan into your existing mortgage payments. You can also take out a home equity loan, separate from your mortgage, and negotiate a different payment schedule and terms.
Any option utilizing your home’s equity is likely to be more appealing than a generic personal loan since the interest rate will probably be lower when you have something as collateral. In any case, the maximum sum that you’re offered is directly tied to your home’s equity which can be increased either by having more of your mortgage’s principal paid off, or by increasing the value of your home. One of the quickest and most affordable ways to boost your home’s value, and therefore boost the amount of equity available to you, is by simply power washing your home. This simple task can increase the value by as much as $10,000 to $15,000. Plus, if your new project is to add anything onto your home, you’ve already got the first step out of the way by cleaning the exterior.
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