Tuesday
Aug162011

Top 10 Cost Effective Ways to Increase Your Property Value

Raising and maintaining your homes value can be a challenging task during a down economy. If you are like most homeowners you just don't have it in your budget to invest thousands of dollars into a remodel or major renovation. There are many small projects that you can do around the house that will increase your home's value without costing you a fortune. Have a look at a popular real estate site's 10 budget-friendly ways to increase your home's value:

  1. Landscaping

    By spending just a few hundred dollars on replacement sod, new flowers, shrubs, or trees, any Jacksonville homeowner with a shovel and some elbow grease can improve their home's curb appeal over a long weekend. For inspiration check out jacksonvillebackyard.com

  2. Wash instead of paint

    If you can't afford to paint your home, giving it a good wash may be a better idea. With a ladder and an extension brush any homeowner can give their home's exterior a thorough scrub down. Don't forget to wash the screens, windows, and gutters while you're at it. And when you're done outside, move inside.

  3. Paint the trim and front door

    Another way to revitalize your home's exterior is to paint only the trim and front door - two things buyers' eyes are drawn to when driving down the street. 

  4. Clean the floors

    If you are not ready for new flooring, consider steam cleaning carpets, deep cleaning laminate, hardwood or linoleum floors, and cleaning the grout on your tile floors. 

  5. Re-caulk plumbing fixtures

    Over time caulk, the silicon that protects surfaces from water seepage around plumbing fixtures, can discolor, tear, or degrade. Stripping this material out and replacing it with a fresh bead of silicon is an inexpensive way to improve both bathrooms and kitchens. Caulk now comes in different grades and colors, so be sure to shop for a product that is appropriate for the job and matches your décor.

  6. Pressure wash sidewalks patios and driveways

    Over the years dirt, dust, and grime work their way into the driveways and sidewalks of every home. The good news is that a few hours with a pressure washer can turn back the clock on these surfaces. Be careful not to use the high pressure nossle on your walls, Too much pressure can easily peel the paint off your home.

  7. De-clutter your home

    A home packed full of personal effects can cause a home to look much smaller than its actual size. Have a garage sale, rent a storage unit.

  8. Fix up the small things

    Every Jacksonville homeowner keeps a list of the small projects that they never seem to have time to complete. Now is the time to jump on those projects. Some things that may be on your list... Replacing light bulbs, fixing holes in doors or walls, greasing squeaky cabinets or doors, cleaning the gutters, fixing leaking plumbing fixtures, and changing the air filters.

  9. Update lighting fixtures

    You can spend a small fortune on lighting fixtures but you don't have to. Consider selectively changing lighting fixtures that date the home. Exterior garage lights, bathroom lights, or bedroom lights are all great choices.

  10. Deep clean the home

    A true deep cleaning is an all out war on dirt and dust. Starting from the highest point in the home clean every single surface. Yes, you will have to move furniture, clean out closets, and lift up the couch, but the results will be well worth the effort.

Improving your home's value doesn't always have to mean taking out a loan or a second mortgage. Sometimes small projects can improve the value of your home in big ways.

Sunday
Aug142011

How to Clear up your Pool Water

Has your pool water lost its luster? Water clarity is affect by a host of factors including microscopic particles too tiny to be caught by filters, bacteria (even dead bacteria killed by pool chemicals), sunscreen, dead human skin cells, sweat, pollen, insects, makeup, body oils, deodorants, and just about any other material that can be blown in by the wind or shed off of swimmers. While filters capture most of these particles, they aren’t able to capture them all, especially the microscopic ones.

 

While you can’t see individual microscopic particles with the naked eye, when the pool water is saturated with enough of them, the water becomes cloudy. Many of these particles are suspended in the water, lacking the density to fall to the pool’s bottom.

 

While pool chemicals kill most bacteria, the remains and particles of the organisms are left floating in your pool water, looking cloudy. This is why chemicals alone don’t solve the water clarity problem. Modern water treatments are available to keep the pool water crystal clear. These include alum and polymer treatments that attract the particles, forming larger clumps that can be vacuumed or filtered out.

 

We serve all of Jacksonville with exceptional pool services designed to keep your pool Pro Clean, inviting, and refreshing.

Sunday
Aug072011

How to Clean Vinyl Siding Jacksonville

Cleaning Vinyl Siding - removing Dirt, Mold & Mildew from your home.

Cleaning vinyl siding is one of those surfaces that is often incorrectly cleaned with excessive pressure. Dirt, mold and mildew can often be removed from vinyl siding without the use of high pressure cleaning equipment. The proper cleaning detergent is the key to proper cleaning- this is a reletively new process called Soft Wash. THe process used a mild soap and environmentally safe detergent to remove stains and clean the siding. Failing to maintain a clean surface on your vinyl siding can cause you costly repairs in the future (i.e. mold removal).  Our soft wash cleaning system does the work without the need for excessive pressure.

The use of excessive pressure can cause water intrusion behind the siding of your Jacksonville area home creating an environment conducive to mold growth and you know what can happen in this Northeast Florida climate.

 

Sunday
Aug072011

Pressure Washing in Jacksonville FL

Pressure cleaning also known as pressure washing is one of the most affordable ways to increase your Jacksonville home's value and appearance while restoring and extending its life by removing harmful dust, dirt, mold and mildew. Pro Clean Pressure Cleaning services in North Florida specializes in exterior housewashes, driveways, sidewalks, pavers and wood deck cleaning, concrete and brick cleaning, as well as the professional cleaning of company truck fleets and equipment. Don't overlook the many benefits of pressure washing and consult with an experienced cleaning contractor to protect your residential or commercial property today.

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Thursday
Aug042011

Gutter Cleaning – Inside & Out, Jacksonville FL

Pro Clean Advantage of Jacksonville can help you with those stubborn and nasty looking black streaks you see on the outside of your gutters. We apply and scrub your gutters and down spouts by hand and follow that up with a low-pressure rinse.

The inside of your gutters will be cleaned of leaves and debris to prevent or remove blockages.