A Clean Deck Is a Must for Exterior Maintenance When Selling Your Home

Massachusetts homes have decks that are wonderful for enjoying the great outdoors, whether you are entertaining a crowd or just relaxing and enjoying the sunshine with a good book. This is a place that Buyers will want to picture themselves, their family, and their company, so make sure that it is a place they will want to spend time! Keep in mind that decks require maintenance to keep them looking fresh, clean and splinter free.

Proper maintenance is essential to extending the life of your deck. First, look over your deck carefully for any sections that may need repair. If there are improvements to be made, get them taken care of as quickly as possible; if it is before Buyers start touring, that is all the better! Next, thoroughly sweep it off. After that, you must arm yourself with a power-washer. If you do not own one, I have multiple contacts that can take care of that for you. There are a variety of deck cleaners available, but the best choice is an oxalic acid-based one. These clean your wood nicely, prevent rust, kill mildew and are even plant-friendly. If you have tough mildew stains, you will need to use oxygen bleach to remove the stains. Finally, consider coating the newly cleaned deck to keep it looking beautiful for Buyers.