Keep your home clean inside and out by hiring a pro to pressure wash your home’s siding and get your deck ready for spring.
As the weather warms up, it’s time to start thinking about spring cleaning — and a clean house begins with a freshly washed exterior.
If you’re not into ladders and high-power hoses, you may want to skip DIY pressure washing your deck or siding, and call in a pressure washing company to do the dirty work for you.
Shawn Ward of Chicago-based Above the Rest says it’s important to regularly clean the exterior of your home to prevent unsightly build up. “We have harsh winters in Chicago, so you should have it cleaned once a year to preserve the paint, vinyl siding or brick,” he says.
Pressure washing prices
Nationally, Angie’s List members reported spending about $338 on average for professional pressure washing jobs last year. In the Chicago area, Ward says pressure washing prices are around $250 to $300 for the average 2,000-square-foot home.
While homeowners can buy or rent power washers from many home improvement stores, hiring a pressure-washing professional near you can actually save you time and help avoid mistakes caused by using too much pressure to clean the dirt or algae.
Companies that specialize in exterior cleaning also have the right safety equipment and safe cleaning solutions to reach high places or work around weird angles to ensure the job is done right. A professional can typically do the job in a single day, Ward says.
Don’t forget the deck
If you’re sprucing up for spring, you may also want to have your deck professionally pressure washed and sealed, which will improve its appearance as well as protect it from the elements. Rain, snow and salt can eat through the wood and cause your deck to deteriorate, so it’s important to keep it clean, Ward says.
The cost to have a deck pressure-washed and treated is about $2 per square foot in Chicagoland. Most deck treatments will last about a year, he says. Staining will keep your deck looking good and protect it from Chicago-area weather for about three years, he says.
For longer-lasting protection, you could also have your deck stained, which costs about double the price of cleaning and treating alone, Ward says. Nationally, members reported spending about $1,053 on deck sealing and staining last year.