Pressure Washing Charlotte In A Bad Real Estate Climate

Many people have been having a hard time financially because they are unable to sell their homes and real estate investments.  Many real estate gurus are telling homeowners to hold on to their property and wait until the market comes back.  This is shrewd advice, but many folks are being held back from realizing their American dream because they are unable to upgrade their home and are forced to stay in their current residence.

            While this news is unsettling, there are some simple remedies that can make a situation like this more tolerable.  Keeping your home maintained during this time is vital.  An inexpensive way to maintain your home, deck and driveway is to have it professionally pressure washed.  This kind of ongoing maintenance will keep your investments fresh and clean so when the time comes for the market to bounce back, your home will be in “ready to sell” condition.  You may even find that once your place is clean, you’ll want to stay where you are!

            Pressure washing the exterior of your home, deck, and driveway can make a drastic difference to the look of the outside of your home.  If selling isn’t an option, maintenance is the way to go!

 

Camelot Pressure Washing, Inc. Service Area

Mecklenburg County – Charlotte Cornelius Davidson Huntersville Matthews Mint Hill Pineville
Cabarrus County – Concord Harrisburg Kannapolis Midland Mount Pleasant
Union County – Indian Trail Marshville Marvin Matthews Mineral Springs Monroe Stallings Waxhaw Weddington Wesley Chapel Wingate Mooresville
Fort Mill Rock Hill, and many more!

Pressure Washing Through Time And Attitude: Separating The Pros From The Hacks.

Sometimes, it’s a learned behavior for small business owners.  Sometimes, they’re simply desperate for success or jealous of the success of their competition.  Really, I think it’s simply the inherent nature of some people.  There is a palatable “air” about some small business owners and it seems to be more prevalent in trade industries such as pressure washing.  I am referring to a particular attitude that some owners adopt where their mindset is focused so heavily on the destruction of the competition that they lose sight of what their own strengths and weaknesses are.  Unfortunately, this negative attitude can permeate every aspect of their business leading to a decrease in volume, profit, and general happiness.  Of course, this problem leads to having much more time on their hands, which results in more time to be destructive to their competition.  It’s a sad cycle that inevitably damages the industry of which they are a part.

 

            In my experience as the owner of a pressure washing company, I have chosen to embrace those that I consider my competition.  I learn from them, I take from them, and I share with them.  Who is better qualified to understand what goes on in my life than a fellow pressure washing company owner from the same geographical region?  I have borrowed equipment, shared jobs, referred those that specialize in areas we don’t, and have gained invaluable knowledge.  This kind of symbiotic relationship spurs growth within the pressure washing industry, ultimately resulting in more profit for everyone.  It’s why my company belongs to professional organizations like the PWNC and HBN and supports other pressure washing companies that give something positive back to their peers.

 

            Alternatively, there are those that just don’t get it.  They waste their time on smear campaigns, bad mouthing, or simply sabotaging the true professionals in their area.  They obviously underestimate the knowledge of their customer base as today’s consumers are very intelligent and can thankfully see the clouds through the trees.  This has never been more evident than in our growing base of customers that have migrated to our company from rivals that spend more time bashing and less time washing.  The most important thing for successful, professional companies to do is to simply ignore the hacks.  They’re a dime a dozen because it’s easy to trash other companies.  It’s easy to judge others without knowing who they are.  It’s easy to be negative.  This pattern of doing what’s easy usually translates into the quality of their work as cutting corners becomes their corporate culture, thereby defining them as the hacks they are.

 

Time is a commodity in the pressure washing business.  There are only so many hours in a day…spend them building your own business, not trying to tear down others.  Those that “get it” reap the benefits of a healthy, successful, profitable business that is fun to be a part of.  Those that don’t get it are destined to be frustrated, bitter, and unsuccessful.  I don’t find myself angry with those that don’t get it.  I have pity for them as they don’t know what they’re missing.  I’m sure people like this can be found in every industry, but in my industry it’s all about knowing when to reduce pressure, how to handle pressure, and where to apply pressure.  And only a successful professional with a great attitude and no time for the hacks knows how to do that.

 

 

Camelot Pressure Washing, Inc. Service Area

Mecklenburg County – Charlotte Cornelius Davidson Huntersville Matthews Mint Hill Pineville
Cabarrus County – Concord Harrisburg Kannapolis Midland Mount Pleasant
Union County – Indian Trail Marshville Marvin Matthews Mineral Springs Monroe Stallings Waxhaw Weddington Wesley Chapel Wingate Mooresville Fort Mill Rock Hill, and many more!

 

Pressure Washing Charlotte Area Store fronts and Multi Unit Properties

           You truly get only one chance to make a first impression.  Potential customers decide within seconds whether or not they will frequent an establishment based solely on the physical appearance of the business.  Overflowing dumpsters, gum and grime on sidewalks, and filthy awnings are responsible for literally pulling cash out of the pockets of business owners and property managers alike.

            We all know that bad news travels fast.  A potential customer that is repulsed by the condition of a local restaurant, beauty salon, or other local business is very likely to spread that news to friends, families, and coworkers.  It is an unfortunate fact about the human condition.  The best way to combat this kind of cruel gossip is to ensure that an establishment is regularly maintained.  Keeping mold off sidewalks and storefronts, cleaning up gum in high traffic areas, and reducing the everyday grime that naturally collects on awnings, windows, and columns is a great way to attract potential customers and keep loyal customers coming back.

            The same thought process applies to multi unit dwellings.  Townhome residents are much happier when their HOA fees are being used to maintain the outside of their homes.  Potential residents are also attracted to properties that have sparkling white gutters and no mold on the siding.  The most attractive properties have property management companies that see the benefit in having a professional pressure washing company clean the exterior of their investments on a regular basis.  Like owning an automobile or private home, the small cost of regular maintenance eliminates very costly and unnecessary repair in the long run.

Aside from the aesthetics of a clean business environment, business owners and property managers can avoid costly lawsuits and potential injuries to their clientele.  A sidewalk covered in gum and mildew becomes very slippery when it rains and is a potential hazard for patrons walking on it.  Savvy owners know to avoid this pitfall with regular and proper maintenance.

The best property managers and business owners know the value of a regular pressure washing schedule.  It’s never too late to begin a program as in most cases a heavy initial cleaning will result in a new looking, attractive structure.  Keeping it maintained will separate them from the competition.

 

Camelot Pressure Washing, Inc. Service Area 704-400-0623
Mecklenburg County – Charlotte Cornelius Davidson Huntersville Matthews Mint Hill Pineville

Cabarrus County – Concord Harrisburg Kannapolis Midland Mount Pleasant
Union County – Indian Trail Marshville Marvin Matthews Mineral Springs Monroe Stallings Waxhaw Weddington Wesley Chapel Wingate Mooresville Fort Mill Rock Hill, and many more!

Pressure Washing Charlotte Concrete

           

Many Charlotte area homeowners that are concerned about the maintenance of their home often overlook their concrete driveways, sidewalks, and patios.  These areas are prone to collecting mold, mud, oil stains, tire marks and leaf stains.  The reason they are often overlooked is because their transformation from clean to dirty is often very slow, accumulating over the course of several neglected years.  The good news is that having the concrete pressure washed properly provides instant satisfaction for the homeowner.

            A qualified professional pressure company will utilize the proper cleansers with the correct amount of water pressure and equipment to transform streaked, stained concrete into a clean sheet you can be proud of.  Homeowners should be careful to hire a licensed, insured pressure washing company that can perform this service properly.  Improper pressure washing can result in removing the top layer of protective coating, commonly called the “cream” of the concrete.  Using the wrong cleansers can burn the concrete and kill grass and landscaping.

             Having clean concrete at your home is a fast, inexpensive way to give it instant curb appeal.  Maintaining the concrete will reduce the hazards of slippery mold or hazardous oil stains.  Give your home an instant facelift!

Camelot Pressure Washing, Inc. Service Area

Mecklenburg County – Charlotte Cornelius Davidson Huntersville Matthews Mint Hill Pineville
Cabarrus County – Concord Harrisburg Kannapolis Midland Mount Pleasant
Union County – Indian Trail Marshville Marvin Matthews Mineral Springs Monroe Stallings Waxhaw Weddington Wesley Chapel Wingate Mooresville Fort Mill Rock Hill, and many more!

 

Pressure Washing Brick Homes in Charlotte NC | Camelot Pressure Washing, Inc.

People that own brick homes generally seem to feel that pressure washing brick is not necessary.  While brick is certainly a low maintenance siding alternative, the same environmental pollutants, molds, and mildews that collect on vinyl and other kinds of siding collect on brick as well.  In fact due to its porosity, even more airborne contaminants can collect on brick as there are more “nooks and crannies” where these unwanted borders can collect.

            Green mold and mildew is naturally more difficult to see on brick than other types of siding, so some homeowners are under the impression that cleaning it is unnecessary.  The health benefits of removing mold and mildew from your home are tremendous and brick looks refreshed and renewed when cleaned properly.  Don’t neglect that brick home!

 

Camelot Pressure Washing, Inc. Service Area
Mecklenburg County – Charlotte Cornelius Davidson Huntersville Matthews Mint Hill Pineville
Cabarrus County – Concord Harrisburg Kannapolis Midland Mount Pleasant
Union County – Indian Trail Marshville Marvin Matthews Mineral Springs Monroe Stallings Waxhaw Weddington Wesley Chapel Wingate Mooresville Fort Mill Rock Hill, and many more!

Thanksgiving Ode To Pressure Washing

Thank you to the pressure washing industry.

 

Thanks to my fellow contractors that spend cold winter nights and hot summer days providing food for their families.

 

Thanks to my local pressure washing competition for teaching me exactly what to do and exactly what not to do with my own business.

 

Thank you to Bob at Pressuretek, Tracy at Sunbrite, and all of the other pressure washing vendors that work tirelessly to educate pressure washers, provide affordable options, and be a constant source of information for the industry.

 

Thank you to the PWNC, the UAMCC, and other organizations that aim to unify contractors for the greater good of the pressure washing industry.

 

Thanks to surface cleaners that have changed the way we clean concrete and gets me home to family quicker and with more money in my pocket.

 

Thanks to my x-jet for revolutionizing the way we clean things.

 

Thanks to all that take their valuable time and resources to host round tables…the exchange of information is both valuable and rewarding.

 

Thank you to my wife and kids for struggling with me through the difficult times of getting a new business off the ground.

 

Thank you to the moderators of the bulletin boards for keeping us all on track and making the boards an educational experience for all who participate.

 

Thank you to the veterans of the industry for spending time, money, and resources passing their knowledge to newbies that are in need.

 

Thanks for the opportunity to see every one of my kids’ soccer games, baseball games, and still manage to make a living.

 

Thanks to the internet for being a constant source of information at the press of a button.

 

Thanks to my wife for encouraging me to go “green” and purchase reclaim and recovery equipment so we can recycle our wastewater and feel good about doing our part to be environmentally conscious.

 

Thanks to everyone that has had a part in allowing me to create, maintain, and grow my business in an industry that I have enjoyed to the fullest since the day I pulled my first trigger.

 

Thank you most of all to my customers that place extraordinary trust in me and my company.  You give us the opportunity to clean some of your most prized possessions and largest investments.  It is both an honor and a privilege to serve you and keep your homes and businesses maintained.

 

Happy Thanksgiving.

Why Vinyl Siding Should Be Cleaned By a Professional Pressure Washing Company.

The popularity of vinyl siding has increased dramatically over the past 10 years. The quality, durability, price, and visual appeal have made this the siding of choice for many homeowners. Just like any other major investment, the best way to ensure the quality of vinyl siding is to maintain it on a regular basis.
The very nature of siding is to protect the interior of your home by keeping exterior elements from intruding. This is a tough job, but vinyl stands up to the challenge very well. The vinyl siding on the exterior of your home is subject to pollutants, sun exposure, acid rain, mold and mildew, and many other elements. Depending on the quality of the vinyl, having it professionally cleaned on a regular basis can prevent premature degradation and keep your home looking great. Mold and mildew grow very rapidly on vinyl siding. If neglected for too long, it can cause permanent damage to your siding. Age, sun, and environmental pollutants can cause your vinyl to oxidize, giving your home a dull appearance.
A simple solution to these issues is to hire a professional pressure washing company to clean your home each year. Look for a company that specializes in pressure washing services. Many handymen, painters, and landscaping companies have pressure washing as an “add on” service. While more of a bargain up front, these companies should be avoided as improper technique and lack of chemical knowledge can result in irreparable damage to your home. Homeowners should use companies that have insurance, can provide references, and display a high degree of professionalism. Look for companies that offer on-site free estimates, have uniforms, and belong to professional organizations like PWNC.
Likewise, this is a service that “do-it-yourself” homeowners should avoid. Forcing water under the siding, use of excessive water pressure, and improper chemicals can not only cause thousands of dollars in damage to your home, but often result in physical injury to the homeowner. Getting your home serviced annually by a reputable, professional pressure washing company can keep your investment looking great, save you a lot of money and keep you from taking a trip to the emergency room.

What It Means To Be A Green Pressure Washing Company in Charlotte

In today’s environmentally conscious society, many local companies are scrambling to jump on the green bandwagon.  Every bit helps and those that truly make an effort to reduce waste, use biodegradable products, and reduce their carbon footprint should be commended for their actions whether it be a pressure washing company, baker, or candlestick maker.

            There are, however, many pitfalls in this surge of environmental concern.  Many companies falsely claim to be green to capitalize on the trend only to benefit their bottom line by trying to outwit the public they serve.  Not only does this isolate the consumer by insulting their intelligence, but it destroys the integrity of the industry.  This is particularly evident in the pressure washing industry. 

Pressure washing is an industry that is relatively easy to become involved in.  It is an industry plagued by unknowledgeable operators that are attracted to the low start up costs and high income potential.  They do not belong to professional organizations, participate in industry round table events, or educate themselves on the latest products, techniques, and trends that help keep our customers investments safe and clean.  These same folks will sometimes use the “green” angle to help gain new customers that are legitimately concerned about the environment.

Professional pressure washing companies that claim to be “green” should use water saving equipment, biodegradable chemicals, and have the ability to reclaim and reuse their waste water.  All of this should be coupled with the proper education on how to use the equipment and cleansers properly.  As a consumer it is important to do your research by trying to find companies that are knowledgeable in their field, not knowledgeable on the art of tricking potential customers.

Clean Gutters Can Save Thousands | 704-400-0623

 

Gutters are designed to be the “sentries” of your home.  Ideally, they control the flow of water around your home, protecting it from a myriad of ailments.  Clean, debris free gutters can not only save your home from premature decay, but can save you thousands of dollars in repair bills.  An important tip to remember the significance your gutters have on your home is “as the gutter goes, so the water flows.”

             Clogged gutters cause water to overflow and collect around the foundation of your home.  During colder months, this excess water freezes and expands causing “frost heave”, or cracks in your foundation wall.  Water that backs up in the gutter can also cause moisture damage to the wood in the fascia around your home.  When the water backs up in your gutters it also creates undetected roof leaks that can result in interior damage to walls and ceilings.

             The same ill effects of improper gutter drainage can affect property around your home.  For example, water that collects on concrete sidewalks and driveways can freeze and similar to your foundation, will result in cracks and sagging concrete.  The water that pools on this concrete also causes rapid mold and mildew growth during warmer months and ice during colder months.  Both of these events result in a slippery hazard for the home owner and their family.  The same runoff can wash away landscaping, cause soil erosion, and kill grass and trees due to overwatering.

             Many pressure washing companies will clean gutters for a nominal fee, allowing the home owner to avoid getting on ladders and putting themselves at risk.  These same pressure washing companies will also clean the black streaks off the outside of the gutters making your home more aesthetically pleasing!  Cleaning your gutters inside and out on a regular basis will keep your home safe, save you thousands in repair bills, and make your home look great.

Commercial pressure washing Charlotte NC | 704-400-0623

It’s the time of year when business owners and property managers are preparing their businesses for 2009.  Don’t forget maintenance on your storefront or concrete!  Aesthetically, your business should always look clean and inviting.  There shouldn’t be any gum, mildew, or staining on your sidewalks and storefronts and columns should be free of debris and “gunk”.

If you are in the Charlotte area and need help keeping your business clean, give Camelot Pressure Washing a call!  We accomodate your store hours and leave businesses looking fantastic!  Whether it’s commercial pressure washing or residential, Camelot Pressure Washing can give you the “Royal Treatment”!  Visit us today at www.CamelotPressureWashing.com, or call us at (704) 400-0623 for a FREE estimate!