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Time to Spring (Pressure) Clean your Investment Properties

Greetings Real Estate Investors!

We hope you all are doing great and enjoying the amazing South Florida weather this time of year!  Yes the traffic picks up a bit but seeing the never ending snow up north just makes it all worth it!

It also makes owning investment property down here worth it and then some, imagine all of the snow maintenance that you don’t have to do that our friends up north are stuck with?  This is why property values will continue to grow in paradise while the northerners flee their frozen lifestyles.  But that doesn’t mean of course that our properties require no maintenance this time of year.  In fact this is probably the best time to do the dirty work…pressure cleaning!

Beauty and Brains
We have all seen the difference between a nicely pressure cleaned sidewalk and one that is almost black from dirt and mold buildup.  To jog your memory take a look at a basic search of the difference the pressure cleaning makes.

The difference is literally day and night.  When you talk about curb appeal with pressure cleaning you are literally talking about how beautiful your curb and sidewalk are in front of your investment property.  It is literally the first thing people see when they arrive and it makes an instant impression.  Remember it is all about creating solid relationships with your tenants and also providing the quality of product that will justify your yearly rental increases.  Nobody wants to pay more for the same quality, but if you make a small investment of a couple hundred bucks then you can support your annual rent increase of 3%.  So imagine on a $1500 a month rental you will be getting $45 more a month and will have paid off your investment in only 4 months and the rest of the year is a profit.  Now that is beautiful!

Don’t Forget the Walls
Pressure cleaning is not only a must to keep the front of your property in it’s most pristine condition it can also protect your structure and prolong the need for other maintenance such as painting and resurfacing.  Most people think of pressure cleaning the sidewalk and that tends to be a big focus but it is also crucial that you regularly pressure clean the exterior walls of the home.  Dirt and bugs and bird poop regularly accumulate on the outside of a house and not only are they ugly but they tear at the paint and make it so that you need to paint more often.  A good pressure cleaning can prolong the need to paint a home by even a few years if done regularly.

What About My Condo Property?
If you have a condo you cannot and would not want to pay to pressure clean it because that is the responsibility of the condo association.  What you must do is stay on top of the association to make sure that they are regularly scheduling this important service.  Some condos are good about this and others are horrible.  While some residents may complain that it is an unnecessary expense you should make your case and convince them or they are taking money out of your pockets literally.

Professionals Know How to Find Professionals
One of the most difficult things about pressure cleaning as with all contractors is finding a good one for a good price.  A professional property management company deals with these companies on a regular basis and often gets volume discounts for the number of time they use them throughout the year.  Instead of taking a guess on Google or Yelp! you should literally go where the pros go and contact your local branch of the nationwide leader in property management: Real Property Management Miami.  You can reach us at 305-517-3900 at any time and we will be happy to protect your investment!

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