Pressure washing your home can be a great way to make it look and feel as good as new, cutting through years of dirt and grime and getting back to the heart of what rests underneath. It’s always important to remember, however, that this is not a decision you should make lightly. Whether you’re looking for a professional pressure washing company to work with or you’re thinking about doing it yourself, there are a few key things to keep in mind.
1. Not All Pressure Washers Are Created Equally
If you ARE planning on trying to pressure wash your home on your own, understand that it’s a lot more complicated than you might think it is. If you use a pressure washer that is too large or too powerful for the space you’re working with, you could end up loosening or damaging your siding, causing window damage or creating other hassles that you’ll then have to fix. You’ll also want to start with low pressure and work your way up – especially if you’re going to be getting on a ladder. You want to pressure wash your house, not hurt yourself.
2. Remember to Shop Around for equipment of a reputable pressure washing company
Whether you’re looking for a pressure washer that you can use on your own OR you’re planning on working with a company, it’s absolutely to your benefit to shop around. Don’t choose the first contractor you call – speak with multiple people about the types of guarantees they offer, how long they expect the job to take and more. Find someone that best matches up with what you need and expect.
3. Pressure Washing Certification, or a Lack Thereof
When choosing to work with a professional pressure washing company, always ask about what type of certification and other experience a person may have. Certifications are particularly important, as you can’t buy them – they’re only earned through huge amounts of time of study, completing examinations and more.
4. “Flash-in-the-Pan” Pressure Washing Companies
Also in terms of professional companies, avoid working with a pressure washer that uses cheap or consumer level equipment. Part of what you’re paying for when you work with a professional has to do with the tools they have that you don’t. If someone is using equipment that they’ve purchased down at the local hardware store, there’s nothing stopping you from skipping that step and doing it yourself.
5. Avoid Making a Decision Based ONLY On Low Prices
Perhaps the most important thing to understand is that a low price does not necessarily equate to perfect service when dealing with a pressure washing company. Remember that pressure washing is a true investment, the same as so much other hard work that you’ve put into your home. Low prices are great, but not if a company doesn’t have the level of professional care, the experience and more to back it up. Ask about what they’re planning to do, how they’re planning to do it, what type of guarantee they offer and more in ADDITION to that low price that is so attractive.