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  • These 7 exterior fixes will help you sell your home

    May 18th, 2018

     

     

    As if the Seattle housing market wasn’t already ridiculous, this summer is gearing up to be a duesy. So if you’re thinking about selling your home this year now is the time to get it ready.

    It is by far a sellers market, but there are still important fixes all sellers should do to make sure you get the best possible price for your home. The effort you put into it now will undoubtedly increase its value, likely up the number of bids you get, and could even shorten sales time.

    Home buying is all about the first impression and the first thing buyers notice is your home’s exterior. Buyers sometimes even do drive-bys of houses to see if it’s worth touring inside. So just as you stage the interior, you’ll also want to stage the exterior. Here are a few tips to get your home ready to list.

     

    1.The writing is most definitely on the wall

    It’s estimated that washing the outside of your house can add $10-$15K to its sale price. We’ve worked with dozens of real estate agents in the greater Seattle area to prep homes for this very reason and know the payoff is big. So make sure you wash dirt and any other unsightly grime that has made the exterior walls and windows of your house it’s home. You should even give your gutters and downspouts a good cleaning.

     

    2. Don’t paint your house red

    The #1 piece of advice experts will give you to boost your home’s curb appeal is to paint the exterior. Not only will buyers 100% notice paint color and quality, appraisers will actually include this in valuing your home. But whatever you do, avoid using bright colors. Appraisers don’t look too kindly on brightly colored houses when the competition has neutral colors.

     

    2. Fiddle-on-your-roof

    Roofs are often a sore spot for both sellers and buyers. Sellers hope to avoid dealing with roof issues, and buyers hate buying a house that needs roof work. In our crazy Seattle-area market, competitive homes can sometimes get away with a shabby roof. However AT MINIMUM you’ll want to get a thorough cleaning of any debris or moss up there.

    If you really want to go the extra mile (and likely increase your home’s value) get those missing or damaged shingles replaced. If you decide the whole thing needs to go, keep in mind that the National Association of Realtors says the national median cost of a new asphalt shingle roof is about $7,500, and it’s likely to be even more in the greater Seattle area.

     

    4. A nice yard is worth the extra mile

    The curb-appeal of your house will be accentuated by a well-maintained yard. This may sound daunting (especially if your yard has been become the central production facility for blackberry bushes, Morning Glory, and other beloved Northwest invasive species) but once you get passed the initial work of deconstructing the forest that is your lawn, much of the work is done.

    Nicely mowed grass, fresh mulch, and a few attractive easy to maintain colorful plants should do the trick. Cover bare spots on your lawn with sod. Freshen up garden beds and trim hedges. To learn some simple seasonal yard maintenance tips, checkout this site.

     

    5. Fencing it all in

    A quality fence not only looks great, it adds value to an appraisal. Fences are particularly attractive to families with children and/or pets. It helps frame your lot so it stands out from its neighbors.

    Already have a fence? Replace any broken or peeling sections, pressure wash it, and give it a fresh coat of paint.

     

    6. Your driveway could make buyers drive away

    Nothing says “Neglected House Here” like gapping potholes in your driveway. Not to mention cracks that are just waiting to spread. If your driveway is cement you can use a simple concrete repair product to fix any cracks or small holes. For gravel, just pick up some bags at your local hardware store or have some delivered from a local rock and gravel supplier. But if your driveway is asphalt things could get tricky so it’s best to call a professional.

     

    7. It’s all about the details

    Now that you’ve taken care of the major tasks involved in giving your home’s exterior a facelift, consider detailing it.

    A splash of color draws attention to your home and creates a focal point. Consider painting your front door a bright color, or adding some brightly colored potted plants that frame the bottom of your door. Add some shutters or flower boxes to your windows. Place a rocking chair or patio set on your porch.

    Also consider lighting. Some buyers may not be able to come see your house until after dark, so it’s good to make sure porch lights are setup and kept on through the evening.

    Finally, place a cozy welcome mat at your front door to make potential buyers feel at home even before they walk inside.

    These small touches to the exterior of your house will really make it stand out from the rest and help you get the best possible price once you list it. Good luck!

    Click here for more tips from Pro Care, or check out our exterior cleaning services.

     

    3 common roof cleaning mistakes and how to avoid them

    March 1st, 2018

     

    Roof and gutter cleaning is undoubtedly grueling work not to mention a smidge nerve-wracking if you don’t live in a tiny house and it’s located in rain-everyday-all-day-Seattle. But if you are indeed the superhero type, and get up there yourself from time to time, you probably look at it as a get in and get out type of situation. Unfortunately, rushing through the process of cleaning your roof and gutters can actually damage your home if you aren’t careful.

    Even professional roof cleaners can be guilty of damaging your home if they bypass important steps or simply don’t know proper roof and gutter cleaning techniques. In our business we’ve seen the long-term affects of mistakes like these on our customers from their previous service cleaners or their own do-it-yourself fixes.

    So if you are the type that enjoys lying in bed and not having water slowly drip through your ceiling and onto your face while you watch the latest episode of This is Us (because your face is wet enough from your own tears, am I right?), make sure you (or your professional roof cleaner) don’t fall peril to mistakes like these…

     

    Avoid heavy pressure on your ridge caps.

    If you’ve ever gotten up on your roof you’ve probably noticed the ridge caps shown below. They act as seams for the peaks and roof lines of your home.

    A heavy foot on these temperamental parts of your roof can cause premature wear and cracking…the precursor for eventual leaks. Try to avoid stepping or putting too much pressure on these whenever possible.

     

     

    Use standoff’s on your ladder.

    Extension ladders can be vital for roof access, but they can also create unsightly damage if not used cautiously.

    Resting the ladder directly on your gutters for example can easily dent and/or scratch them. Gutters that become dented can have drainage issues, not to mention don’t look as nice. These Werner standoffs should do the trick.

     

     

    Consider alternate methods to pressure washing your roof.

    Pressure washing is a somewhat common solution to getting rid of moss and debris, however, for most roofs we do not recommend it. It’s a tempting solution because it provides instant results, but if done incorrectly, it can lower the life-span of your roof.

    Skilled technicians can help avoid this damage, but another issue is that pressure washing can threaten the warranty of your roof. Roofing companies eager to release liability sometimes will not warranty their work or materials once a roof has been pressure washed .

    For composition asphalt shingle roofs we recommend using a wire brush to remove moss like in the picture below. Then follow up with a moss treatment to kill any remaining spores.

    We’ve found that this combination method is both gentle on your roof and effective at removing moss, and has minimal environmental impact. We also recommend a yearly mild moss prevention treatment to continue keeping it under control so you don’t have to keep removing the moss each year, prolonging the life span of your roof.

    Whatever method you end up choosing, just make sure you don’t let moss grow on your roof for too long. Letting it spread can damage your roof because moss holds water, causing roofs to breakdown faster. It can also grow in between your shingles causing them to separate.

     

     

    We hope these tips help you keep your roof functioning at it’s best. Here’s to a dry and safe home, inside and out!

    -The Pro Care Team

    Click here for more tips from Pro Care, or check out our exterior cleaning services.

     

    $20-$35/hour, enjoy the beautiful outdoors, flexible schedule, and no experience needed!

    February 15th, 2018

     

     

    Tired of wasting away in a cubicle all day or working hard and not getting paid for it? Maybe you need a more flexible work schedule that allows you to pursue school or hobbies?

    Come join the Pro Care team and enjoy the beautiful outdoors while earning top pay.

    Pro Care Window Cleaning is hiring full-time and part-time Service Technicians in Seattle and the Eastside.

     

    About Pro Care

    Since 2001, Pro Care has been the expert in window, roof, and gutter cleaning in the Northwest. Our friendly small business has earned its reputation for timely, detailed and courteous service.

    We specialize in cleaning exteriors and can revitalize the appearance of windows, gutters, roofs, and even hardscapes like driveways, patios and decks. Our business is built on lasting customer relationships, and we bring this approach to each client we service.

     

    About Position

    • If you like being outside and working with your hands you will really enjoy this position. Many of our Techs hesitated initially when thinking about becoming a Service Technician, but soon got the bug for it. Typical days include a low stress atmosphere, plenty of fresh air and a great sense of accomplishment at days end. The work keeps you moving at a pace that makes days go by very quickly, while offering great low impact exercise.
    • Techs operate individually and in teams to service primarily residential homes in the Greater Seattle area and the Eastside. Responsibilities include window, roof, and gutter cleaning, along with pressure washing and seasonal holiday light installation.
    • After a paid training period, hourly wages + daily bonuses typically range between $20-$35 an hour. Also enjoy paid sick leave and a flexible schedule. Retirement options available after 1 year.
    • Each of our crewmembers is a valued part of our team. You’ll receive paid comprehensive technical training and get all the support you need from management.
    • We work normal business hours with the occasional option of working a Sat. This leaves plenty of opportunity to pursue an enjoyable personal life.

     

    Applicant Qualifications

    • Customer service experience. Friendly attitude.
    • Physically fit with a good sense of balance.
    • Ability to work on ladders as high as 32ft.
    • Dependable transportation.
    • Clean professional appearance.
    • Time management skills. Punctual.
    • Attention to detail.
    • High moral standards.
    • Drug free.
    • Good driving record.

     

    How to Apply

    Apply by sending a resume to info@procarewindowcleaning.com

     

    3 ways your dirty gutters and roof can cause you problems this winter

    January 20th, 2018

     

     

    So gutters and roof cleaning are not your favorite thing to think about huh?

    We get it. And if you own a home, you might be putting this task off because, well, you probably aren’t hanging out on your roof everyday with a cocktail and a good book. It’s easy not to notice all that moss and debris hiding up there.

    We know this stuff is a drag to think about, but the reality is that continual maintenance of your home’s exterior, such as gutter and roof cleaning, especially during these rainy months, can be crucial to avoiding stressful and costly repairs down the road. Here are three reasons to not put this task off any longer.

    1. Damaging build-up

    Clogged gutters and roof debris prevent water from draining and moving away from your house. Stagnate water can damage your foundation and exterior walls. If you’ve ever seen this happen to a house, you know it’s NOT a pretty picture.

    2. Safety hazards

    Water build-up can also create wet pathways and driveways around your home, becoming slippery ice when freezing temperatures hit. Your youngest children and elderly parents thank you in advance for preventing this one.

    3. Mold

    Finally, damp places can be a breading ground for mold growth. Including the dreaded black mold. Ever heard of the black lung?…not even slightly related…but nonetheless black mold is still bad bad bad and can cause serious health problems.

    At this point you are probably thinking, “Okay okay I get it…I need to clean my gutters and roof….let me just add this one to the bottom of the HUGE LIST OF THINGS I NEED TO DO IN THE NEW YEAR.”

    We know exterior maintenance of your home can feel like a burden and is easy to put off, but at Pro Care our goal is to make this task not so burdensome for you anymore. Our friendly team will help you check this one off your list quick and easy. Shoot us an email or give us a call today and we’ll happily provide you with a free estimate.

    -Andy Pack, Pro Care Inc.

    info@procarewindowcleaning.com / 206-227-5837

     

    Angie’s List 2008 Super Service Award

    January 10th, 2009

    As we move into 2009 and clear the last bit of snow from our driveways, we are excited to receive the Angie’s List 2008 Super Service Award in the window cleaning category. Only 5% of businesses on Angie’s List received the Super Service Award.  It is rewarding and encouraging finding out that our customers think highly enough of us to take the time to leave us such great and detailed reviews.

    In addition to our Super Service award given specifically for the window cleaning dept, we have been excited to receive consistent A ratings as shown below for not just window cleaning but for all of our different services, including gutter cleaning, pressure washing, and roof cleaning. The ratings are as follows:

    2008 Super Service Award

    Overall A
    Price A
    Quality A
    Responsiveness A
    Punctuality A
    Professionalism A

    If you haven’t been to the Angie’s List website before, I highly recommend visiting the siteto find un altered, un edited ratings and information on contractors, service companies and health care providers.

    As we move into the New Year, I look forward to maintaining the great relationships we have built over the years and to the new relationships we hope to start.  Feel free to leave me feedbackon this site as well as Angie’s List.  Redmond, Kirkland, Seattle and Bellevue are the cities you are most likely to see us in this year. Give us a waive on the road or a phone call either we hope to hear from you soon.

    Stay warm!

    Don’t let this part of your home go unserviced

    October 4th, 2008

    The fall leaves are fast approaching us and it’s probably a good time to clean the gutters on your home or business. Many risky homeowners do this project each year to properly maintain their homes. What you may not know is just how often this service should really be done. Most homes in the Seattle area should really be cleaned a minimum of twice a year or more depending on the type of trees and their proximity. We are in the Evergreen State and generally there is no shortage of trees around us.

    The many different seasons bring with them a variety of issues. In the summer and early fall we tend to have some brisk winds that bring loose branches and pine needles down onto our roofs and into our gutters. These leaves, needles and twigs should be removed in preparation for the heavy rains our city sees. At end of fall, it is important to make sure gutters are clear as to not allow ice dams to form around your downspouts.

    Any time standing water is allowed to form there is a tremendous amount of weight being placed on your gutters that can result in detachment of the gutter from the fascia board. After late winter rolls around we are safe to yet again pull out the leaves and needles. Summer can also be a great time to have us come out. Our most thorough cleaning of your roof and gutters can generally be done at this time with a backpack leaf blower . This can make for a time consuming and risky job.

    For us this a normalcy and we have the equipment to do a safe and effective job. Call us soon so we can take care of your home or commercial property and dialogue more specifically as to how often is right for you.  We promise you won’t be disappointed with our work. The time and risk we save you may just lead you to state as one of our customers put it  ” You don’t know how much I look forward to writing this check”.



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