The cost to pressure wash a house will depend on a variety of factors.
There are certain aspects that have the most influence and dictate the pricing of each unique job.
Customers should be aware of exactly what their house needs in terms of pressure washing services, and whether or not hiring a professional is cost-effective.
Let’s discuss some of the most important things to remember when it comes to pressure washing services, and how much a house will cost to have cleaned.
Factors That Dictate Pressure Washing Prices
Here are a few of the most influential factors that will dictate the cost of pressure washing a house.
Total Area Serviced
Pressure washing jobs involve cleaning exposed surfaces that have taken on excessive dirt or grime of any sort. The total area of the surfaces that need to be cleaned will directly affect the cost of the job.
Square footage is the most common method used by pressure washing businesses in order to properly calculate the total area involved in their job quote. This is taken by measuring the length and width of the surface and multiplying them together.
Linear footage is also sometimes used as the reference value for total area. This is simply calculated by finding the length of the surface and quoting based on that number alone, irrespective of the width.
Type Of Cleaning
Pressure washing jobs can be as simple as a cold-water surface cleaning, and can become more extensive to include hot-water detergent or soap washes.
Basic cleaning jobs will inherently be a lot less expensive than the more extensive cleaning or intense stain removal jobs. When a job requires extra materials (stain removers, detergents, soaps etc..), naturally the price of the job will increase.
Houses with exterior surfaces that have been neglected and gone uncleaned for long periods of time will inherently require more time to complete.
Keep in mind the state of the house’s surfaces when evaluating the extent of services needed and the resulting cost.
Is Pressure Washing Cost-Effective?
When it comes to the question as to whether or not pressure washing is cost-effective, there are a few things to consider.
One of the more obvious factors that contributes to the relative cost-effectiveness of a pressure washing job is the size of the house and surfaces to be cleaned. For someone living in a townhome, condo, apartment or other small residence, hiring a pressure washing service may not make sense financially.
Lower square footage houses will simply have less surface area that needs to be cleaned. In these cases, bringing in a professional service to pressure wash such a small area will not be cost-effective.
Another thing to consider when evaluating the cost-effectiveness of pressure washing your home is whether you could handle the job yourself. Pressure washers are readily available to be rented from many home appliance and renovation locations.
If the cleaning that needs to be done does not require extensive work or accessory chemicals to be purchased, it may be cost-effective for the homeowner to rent a washer and do the job themselves.
For larger houses with lots of cleanable surface area or jobs that require more than just a quick spray down, hiring a pressure washing company is cost-effective.
How Much Does It Cost To Pressure Wash A House?
As we have discussed, pressure washing costs depend on a number of variables. Total surface area of the house will be the most influential dictating factor.
The average cost to pressure wash a house typically falls within the wide range of $250 to upwards of $600 dollars for larger projects.
Most people are spending right around the $450 dollar mark in order to pressure wash a 2,000 sq.ft. home. This number usually includes the cost of all associated labor, providing the necessary equipment, and includes all other necessary materials.
In terms of square footage cost, residential pressure washing jobs will usually cost anywhere from $0.10 to $0.50 per square foot. Siding and deck jobs will often run the highest in price, while driveways and gutters will often be the least expensive.
One final thing to keep in mind is the fact that geographical location will also often have an effect on pressure washing service costs. For reference, the typical cost range for pressure washing jobs in New York City is approximately $250 to $500.
On the other hand, a whole house pressure washing job in Denver, Colorado is reported to have a cost range of $150 to $350. Consider the house’s location when looking to determine an accurate estimate for a pressure washing quote. Research other market rates, as you don’t necessarily want to be the lowest cost but also don’t want to be on the high end unless you’re already established in the market.
Pressure washing services will typically fluctuate based on a number of things including square footage, extent of cleaning required, location of job site and a number of others.
We have discussed the main factors that will dictate the cost of residential pressure washing, with details regarding type of cleaning and surface area measurements. These are important aspects to consider when estimating the price of a pressure washing job on your home.
We also discussed the cost effectiveness of a pressure washing service and what will make the investment worthwhile. The size of a residence and the associated surface area of exposed surfaces that need to be cleaned is a deciding factor in pressure washing cost-effectiveness.
Make sure the quote you’re giving is taking all materials, labor, and market rate into account so that you can stay competitive in your area.
Jamey is the founder of Pressurewashr.com and has led testing and reviewing since 2013. He has also worked as a commercial pressure washer at a rendering plant for 3 years and has been using commercial and residential pressure washers for 15+ years. He is also a mechanical engineer and while working in the mining industry designed several turn-key light industrial vehicle wash pads.