If you’re selling your home, there are some things you can take care of on your own to make the process easier. For instance, doing some cleaning can save you costs in the long run and expedite the sale. Let’s cover three major ways of preparing to sell your home:    Clean your windows.  Wash the siding and the roof.  Depersonalize and declutter the interior and exterior.  By doing these tasks, you can help your potential buyers imagine their new life in the house. Here’s how to do it right, whether you choose to DIY or enlist the help of a service professional.  

How to Clean Windows in a Home Before Selling It 

If you decide to clean your windows yourself, use a high-quality window cleaner and a couple of types of cloths. Start with a textured cloth to get the grime off. Follow up with a soft cloth to remove streaks. Don’t forget to wash your window screens, as dirty screens lead to dirty windows.    Cleaning windows can be tedious, and it can also be dangerous if you try to reach high windows. It’s safest, fastest, and most convenient to hire a professional window cleaning company like Window Genie® to take care of this task for you. Our three-step window cleaning process ensures a streak-free, efficient clean. 

Is Pressure Washing Worth It for Selling a House? 

Yes, it’s worth it! A clean roof and siding are more important than ever when you’re selling your home. Not only is pressure washing good for curb appeal, but it can also prevent debris, mold, or other grime from causing damage to your home’s structure. Prospective buyers will appreciate that you’ve taken the time to preserve the house by washing it, which will help protect the roof and overall structural integrity until the next wash.   Consider asking Window Genie to do your pressure washing for you. Our experienced technicians can clean any surface, from your roof to your concrete driveway, while using the right tools and techniques to prevent damage.   Related Topic: Pressure Washing a Deck – The Do’s and Don’ts 

Depersonalizing and Decluttering a House Before Selling 

It’s important for potential buyers to be able to imagine their own lives in the home you’re selling. Removing personal belongings from the property, a.k.a. “depersonalizing,” leaves room for buyers to visualize their own belongings instead. This is something you can do on the inside as well as the outside of your home.   The process of depersonalizing a house to sell is different for everyone, depending on existing décor. To get started, take down any yard decorations, string lights, family photographs, and particularly unique décor. If you need help taking down your holiday lights, we can help.  After the clutter is cleared, it’s time for a deep clean. For exterior cleaning, Window Genie has you covered with window washing, pressure washing, and more. For indoor cleaning, you can lean on the professionals at your local Molly Maid. Request a quote today or give us a call at 877-243-8624. 

Nothing is as tough on your windows as hard water. Hard water is a term that is often associated with large cities or a very industrialized area. The nasty truth about hard water is that it can rear its ugly head at any time. Hard water is simply water that has a high mineral content. It is formed when water percolates through deposits of limestone and chalk. The main minerals that make up hard water are calcium and magnesium carbonates.

Almost any water that hasn’t gone through a softening process will have trace amounts of these minerals. A lot of homes in areas where hard water is prevalent are equipped with softeners that use sodium to filter the water. This method is enough to make your water taste fine, but it may not be enough to prevent deposits on your windows. Continue reading "The Hard Truth About Hard Water Stains"

Painting the trim around your windows can freshen any room, making them pop! But it's a hassle when you end up spending the majority of your time and effort putting painters tape on the glass to avoid getting paint all over your windows. If you have divided light windows... forget about it. You'd better hope you have a kid on punishment to pawn it off to! What if we were to tell you that it's okay to color outside the lines, and that removing paint from your glass is much easier than preventing it? With a few simple tools and techniques, flawless windows can be achieved. Continue reading "How To Remove Paint From Windows"
Window Genie is excited to be featured in Redfin’s latest article, “House Cleaning Tips: 6 Cleaning Mistakes You’re Making and How to Fix Them.” We were chosen along with a select group of experts from across the country, from those living in Washington, DC all the way to those living in Austin, Texas. Check out our contribution: Forgetting to clean window screens. There is a common misconception that rain causes dirty windows, but that’s not the case! Rain passing through a dirty screen will carry dirt and debris which causes those splotches after it rains. It’s important to brush and rinse window screens each time you clean your windows to ensure they stay cleaner, longer. Read the full article to learn what other cleaning mistakes you’re making and how to fix them.

Windows get dirty year round. For a large part of the country this makes it very difficult to clean them three months out of the year. The most frustrating thing about this is that winter is generally the time of year when windows can get the dirtiest. Melting snow dragging dirt and debris onto windows and the helpful yet annoying salt that seems to cover everything.

What makes cleaning windows in the winter so difficult is obviously sub-freezing temperatures. Water freezing before it can be squeegeed off is infuriating. Warm water is huge no-no because it can cause your glass to crack. So what can you do? We have a simple formula that will make cleaning your windows in freezing temperatures just as easy as cleaning them on a spring day.

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