How much does it cost to pressure wash a house?
Over time, grime, mold, and other substances can build up on your deck, roof, and siding. This could lead to discoloration, poor curb appeal and, in the case of mold, health hazards. Pressure washing might be the most effective way to get rid of unwanted exterior stains and debris.
Of course, pressure washing comes at a cost, and that will depend on things like the size of your home and whether you’re doing the job yourself or outsourcing it. If you’re new to pressure washing, you’ll want to understand what expenses you’re looking at and whether it’s worth hiring a professional.
Here are some common questions for anyone considering pressure washing their home:
Pressure washing a home can remove mold and other contaminants that are not only unsightly, but also pose a potential health risk. Plus, a dirty exterior can be an eyesore, and pressure washing can remove dirt quickly and effectively.
Dirt and debris can actually discolor your siding. Pressure washing can help prevent this. And if you’re repainting your home, it’s a good idea to pressure wash it first.
Pressure washers generate an effective high-pressure jet to remove mud and grime. You’ll need to fill one with a cleaning solution (which you can buy at a home improvement store), and from there you’ll spray your exterior section by section until you’ve covered your entire house. It’s usually best to start at the bottom of each section and work your way up.
The terms pressure washing and pressure washing are often used interchangeably and they are similar. But pressure washing uses hot water or steam to clean surfaces, while pressure washing uses cold water.
The benefit of hotter water is that it can more easily dislodge grime and debris. But applying that heat comes at a cost, so it often pays to stick to pressure washing unless you’re dealing with deep stains that won’t come off easily.
Angi Homeservices estimates the cost of pressure washing at $0.15 to $0.75 per square foot. Rocket Mortgage reports that in 2019, the average American home was 2,301 square feet. This puts the average cost of a pressure wash between $345 and $1,725 for an entire home. Pressure washing is not as expensive.
The cost of pressure washing a home will depend on the size and condition of the property. A larger space will take longer to clean, and more cleaning solution may be needed. The cost of pressure washing a home is $0.10 to $0.50 per square foot, according to Angi, which puts the total price for a typical home between $100 and $650.
It costs $22 to $70 a day to rent a pressure washer from a home improvement center, according to HomeAdvisor. But that doesn’t include the cost of cleaning solutions and other materials you might need to pressure wash your home, like a ladder that lets you reach higher surfaces.
You may also consider investing in a pressure washer. An electric model costs an average of $167, according to LawnStarter, while gas-powered pressure washers have an average price of $379. Gas pressure washers, however, require engine maintenance, so there is an added expense there. And any type of pressure washer you buy will need to be stored somewhere, which might make renting a better option.
Pressure washers are powerful tools. If you don’t know how to operate one, in addition to injuring yourself, you could end up damaging your property.
“Unless you’re trained and experienced, you can ruin vinyl siding,” says Steven Robohm, owner of Patriot Power Washing in North Easton, Massachusetts. “You can make marks that will never fade.”
Additionally, you may find it difficult to rent equipment with the same range as a professional. “Companies can do it all from the ground up,” says Robohm. “It’s much safer.”
There is also your schedule to consider. By the time you go to a home improvement center, rent your gear, do the pressure washing jobs, and return your gear, you could easily be looking at half a day’s work. But ultimately, Robohm insists, the value of hiring a professional service is reducing the likelihood of something going wrong.
“A lot of owners call me after they do damage,” he says.
It is best to pressure wash a home when the weather is mild. Robohm’s busy season is spring through fall, and he advises against pressure washing a home in the winter, largely because cold temperatures can damage equipment.
Otherwise, you will need to ensure that there is an outside water source that you or the company you hire can access. And if you have well water, you might want to have it tested before going ahead, as dirty water can damage a pressure washer. Robohm also says that a lack of water pressure can be a problem with well water, so it’s good to hire a professional who can help you weigh your options.
Also, you’ll want to make sure your windows are completely closed before you pressure wash your home so water doesn’t get inside. And as is the case with any home-related project you choose to outsource, if you hire a professional, make sure that any company you contract with is bonded and insured. This will protect you in the unlikely event of damage to your home.