Most of us can remember a time when we were carefree renters, perhaps in our younger days. Perhaps you still rent now, though if you are reading a home maintenance blog you are probably considerably less carefree than you once were. Chances are good that back in those days, you didn’t give a second thought to the look and condition of your windows, as long as you could reasonably see out of them. You might have even cared more about them being covered up so that you could sleep the morning away!
But now that you’re a homeowner, you know that you have to do way more maintenance around the house than you ever thought possible. And one of the most important things you can maintain is the look and cleanliness of your windows - after all, you want to actually enjoy that beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain view, right?? Let’s explore some of the reasons you should make sure and get your windows cleaned each year, ideally by a professional.
Spring cleaning is about more than just dusting and clearing out old junk. Your windows can benefit from a good spring cleaning more than you might realize. You’ll find that the same spring debris that can wreak havoc on your gutter system can also lead to a layer of filth on your windows. The look of pollen and other tree debris is unsightly, and removing this is an easy way to make a big impact - sometimes the pollen around here is so bad that it can make windows difficult to even see through! You also might find that the typically large amount of spring rain has contributed to spots on your windows that are not too attractive.
Other sources of window grime are, you guessed it, children and pets. If you have children, including those of the four-legged variety, you probably don’t need to be told that they can leave tons of smudges, smears, and goodness knows what else on those panes. Regularly cleaning your windows will get them looking good as new in no time, and if you leave it to a professional to do the dirty work it will free up your time to clean up after your children's other messes, I mean, play with your children. It's a win-win!
Another reason to get those windows clean? House guests! It's a sure bet that you are having friends or family over this season, be it for an afternoon barbeque or a week's visit in the mountains. Or maybe you're even renting your house out to vacationers. Either way, you will want to make the best impression possible by making sure your windows are clear and sparkling. If your guests can enjoy the lovely mountain view and mood-boosting natural light, they will be much more likely to enjoy their stay and perhaps even return one day!
This brings us to one of the most popular reasons to get your windows cleaned - selling your home. In today's culture of relocation and flipping houses, it can really pay off to invest your time and energy in home maintenance and beautification. In short, curb appeal is important. Perhaps you've been a bit lazy about cleaning your windows up to this point, and we get it - life happens. But if you are trying to get the best possible price for your home in today's crazy market, you are really doing yourself a disservice if you neglect this important cosmetic need. And take it from our team, who spends hours each year on a roof - don't forget those skylights!
Clearly, it pays to have clean windows. But now there is the matter of getting the job done. You can attempt to wash your own windows, sure, but do you really want to? Let’s be real, it’s not exactly a fun job. Perhaps you have a busy schedule, perhaps you don’t feel comfortable getting on a ladder anymore, perhaps you don’t want to have to invest in the proper gear - these are just a few of the reasons to hire a professional to do the job. Professional window cleaners are used to all this stuff, they might even do it every day. They have the buckets, squeegees, cleaning solutions, ladders of varying sizes, etc. They will be able to do the job quickly and likely more efficiently than your typical homeowner. They also should carry insurance that will give you peace of mind when it comes to those high-access areas. And as with gutter cleaning companies, they are usually able to spot potential issues that you might not notice, before they lead to bigger issues.