Dec
2

The Top Rated Pressure Washers We Use in Our Cleanup Services

If you’ve got some outdoor cleaning jobs to do, you might be considering investing in a pressure washer.  As with most gadgets, tools, and cleaning machines, you’ll soon find that there’s a sea of options from which to choose.

 Understanding the basics about what makes one model different than the next is your best first step in finding a quality model that fits your needs.

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When shopping for a pressure washer, your main choice will be electric versus gasoline powered.

As a rule, electric-powered pressure washers are less expensive.  The downside to electric models is that they are less powerful than their gasoline-powered counterparts.  They are well-suited to most residential cleaning jobs.

If you pressure wash fairly regularly and/or don’t have a ton of square footage to clean, you shouldn’t have a problem getting what you need out of a quality electric model.

If you have painted or softer wood surfaces to clean, an electric model might be preferable because less power means the force of the water stream is less likely to peel paint or gouge softer wood.

If you do have a lot of pressure washing to do or have areas that haven’t been cleaned in years, you can still get the job done with an electric model, but it might take multiple sessions since electric models can take longer to do the job.  Also, lesser-quality motors tend to overheat and will need some cool-down time.

One definite advantage of an electric-powered cleaner is that an electric motor will require much less maintenance than a gas-powered motor, and, of course, you don’t have the recurring expense and hassle of trips to the gas station or gasoline spills in your yard or on your driveway.

Obviously, you’ll want to make sure you get a model with a cord long enough to reach areas farthest from the outlet if you decide to go electric.  If you can’t find one that comes with a cord long enough to work for you, make sure that it’s safe to use an extension cord if you want to go that route.

If you need or want maximum power, you’ll need to invest in a gasoline-powered pressure washer.  These models are more expensive than their electric cousins, but the added power means you can make quicker work of tough jobs or jobs covering lots of square footage.

As with cars, gasoline-powered pressure washers require regular maintenance to keep everything running smoothly and efficiently.  This can be an inconvenience for some, so make sure you fully understand what type of maintenance will be involved before you invest in a gas-powered washer.

The more powerful water stream from a gas-powered model will make quicker work of lots of jobs, but you’ll want to be careful when it comes to cleaning more delicate surfaces like painted walls or softer woods. Your best strategy with these types of surfaces is to start the nozzle farther away from the surface and move closer slowly to find the right distance to wash away grime without doing any damage.

Whatever type you choose, there are two performance numbers to consider.  The first is PSI, or pounds per square inch.  This measures the intensity of the water stream a washer delivers.  Higher PSI means a stronger stream of water.  GPM, gallons per minute, tells you how much water a machine will use.  This can be important if you live in an area where water conservation is critical, or even mandated.

In summary, electric pressure washers are generally less expensive and require less maintenance, but are less powerful, meaning they’re ideal for light- to medium-duty jobs.  Gas models will cost more and require more maintenance, but are far better suited to the toughest heavy-duty jobs.

Visit this link for detailed information about compact electric pressure washers, including reviews, comparisons, and pros and cons.

Bestpressurewasher.reviews takes a look at top gas-powered models for residential use.  You can find reviews and comparisons of top models, including pros and cons of each.

Take a look at top rated pressure washer for information on the best home and commercial models, both electric and gas powered.

Nov
29

Which Home Renovations Offer the Best Return on Your Investment

If you’re planning some home renovations, you might be wondering which, if any, renovations will actually add significant value to your home.  Maybe you’re planning on selling in the near future and want to maximize selling price.  Maybe your family has grown and the space just doesn’t work as well as it used to.  Or maybe you’re just ready for a change.  Whatever your reason for wanting to renovate, remodel, or redecorate, you’re probably concerned that you’ll spend more money than you’ll recoup.  Below, you’ll find a guide outlining which renovations usually make the most financial sense.  I say “usually” because the market in which your house is located matters.  Some renovation projects are worth more in certain areas of the country, or even in different neighborhoods within the same city.  Your best bet would be to do at least a little market research in your area to determine what buyers in your area are looking for.

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On the exterior, replacing cosmetic elements like the front door and siding tend to add almost as much value as you’ll spend, no matter where you live.  In some cases, repainting can actually yield the same positive results as replacing and will definitely cost much less.  Replacing would be a preferred option if the current front door and siding are old and worn enough to lack any energy efficiency.

Replacing windows and the roof with newer, more energy efficient models is another way to increase a home’s value.  Prospective buyers will love that your improvement looks great and will save them money on heating and cooling bills.

Remodeled kitchens are still one of the best investments homeowners can make.  Typically, you’ll see a return of over 80% of your investment.  Many prospective buyers will overestimate how much it would cost them to redo a kitchen, which makes an outdated-looking kitchen a major turnoff.  That’s in addition to the fact that many prospective buyers will want a move-in ready home, so anything they don’t have to do is a plus.

Remodeled bathrooms return similar yields.  Again, many folks overestimate the cost of doing the job after they move in and just don’t want the hassle of remodeling added to the hassle of moving.

When it comes to adding rooms, most projects don’t return nearly as much as they cost.  One notable exception is the addition of a second bathroom.  Many buyers will be looking for at least 2 bathrooms, so adding a second one could be key to selling the property at a good price.  The problem with adding a second bathroom that changes the footprint of the house is making sure that the bathroom “fits” the layout and doesn’t seem like it was just tacked on.  It’s less expensive if you’re able to convert closet, bedroom, or living space into that second bathroom.  A nice master suite is always attractive to buyers.

In addition to knowing what buyers in your area are looking for, it’s important to understand that having a $750,000 house in a $500,000 neighborhood really isn’t any better than having a $500,000 house in a $750,000 neighborhood.  If your renovation is about making your home work better for you and your family, you should certainly feel free to do whatever makes you happy.  Just understand that what constitutes an invaluable upgrade for you might not be worth a higher list price to buyers down the line.