The Meaning of Deep Clean: Power Washing your Home

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The Power Behind Pressure Cleaning

Many homes can use power washing for several applications. Any homes with vinyl siding, for instance, can easily stand to have pressure cleaning performed on their siding material. It’s a fast, effective, and affordable way to make sure your home’s exterior is looking spotless. Have you noticed and stains or mold growing along your siding? Power washing will take that right off in front of your very eyes. The difference is remarkable. You can actually see the cleaning strip away any dirt, mildew, or even old paint. If that old shed is cracked and peeling, a simple power washing job can transform it into looking good as new. If you don’t like a certain paint color, use pressure cleaning to strip it right off. It also works on concrete, tile, glass, asphalt, and brick. Any solid, flat surface can be cleaned and end up looking as good as the day it was installed.

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Power Washing Procedure

The process itself is fairly straightforward. The motor unit is hooked up to a regular garden hose, and then attached to the washer “gun” that sprays the water at a high pressure. Not only does this clean any surface, but the immense pressure will peel the dirt (or top layer of the material) right off. Most units are gas powered for convenience’s sake. The electrical variants tend to be more work, simply because there are more parts than can go wrong. Otherwise it’s just a matter of pointing the high pressure water nozzle at anything dirty for a night and day difference. Decks, patios, even ceramic planters can be taken care of and cleaned with ease. For extra cleaning power, use the soap dispensing function first, then switch to pressure washing. You can even adjust the nozzles for more power. No nozzle will turn the hose into a soap dispenser, forty degree nozzles are great for brushing back dirt. Twenty five degree angled nozzles are great for cleaning off sensitive surfaces. Fifteen degree nozzles will stubborn dirt stains, and lastly zero degree nozzles are the ultimate in cleaning. They will actually peel off caked on gum from an asphalt sidewalk.

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Cleaning With Power and Precision

There’s no other method of cleaning that is so powerful right where you want it, when you want it. You can make your driveway, patio, or deck look brand new in a single afternoon. If you don’t like a coat of paint on your property, peel it right off and paint it again when it’s dry. Dirt and stains don’t stand a chance against a pressure cleaner. Have power washing done for your house and feel that peace of mind which comes from having a completely clean home. Nothing cleans more effectively than power washing.

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Article written by Sean Mahan, also a writer for homeyou.com, a company that connects homeowners to reliable, affordable and professional contractors for their home improvement projects. Check more on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

 

How to Budget for Moving Expenses

Moving to a new home is not only time consuming and stressful, it can also be quite expensive. Whether you’re moving across town or relocating to a different state, moving expenses can add up fast. Here are some tips that will help you plan and budget your finances for your upcoming move.

Plan and Budget Early

Start planning and budgeting early for your anticipated moving costs and expenses. Try to set aside a comfortable amount of money each month, starting at least six months before the move. If you rent in your current location, don’t count on current security deposits and refunds as part of your set-aside fund. It may take a while to get reimbursed from your landlord for these costs. If you own a home, it’s best to sell your home before you move. This will give you cash for your move and help you to avoid two house payments.

Get Several Moving Quotes

Finding a reputable, professional moving company at an affordable price that fits your budget may be difficult, so don’t wait until the last minute to get prices. At least three months before the move, talk to several moving companies and get quotes from each one. Compare each company’s services and prices and make sure that each mover is quoting on the same services. Look for important features like damage insurance and waivers and extra charges for labor, packing materials and fuel costs.

Offset Moving Expenses

You can offset some of your moving costs by getting friends and family to help with packing and organizing. If you’re just moving across town, you can cut expenses by renting a truck and moving yourself. To cut costs on moving supplies, you can get free boxes and packing materials from many local stores that discard empty boxes after they unpack merchandise. Check the loading area behind local grocery and convenience stores.
Large grocers usually discard good, sturdy boxes every day.

Budget for New Expenses

When you get to your new home, you’ll have immediate costs for your house payment, utility hook-ups, food and personal expenses. Look for ways to cut costs on living expenses with move-in specials, cable moving specials and household cleaning supplies. Find local discount stores in your new location that offer savings with memberships and weekly deals. To get to work or school, check carpools and public transportation services in your area.