Yes, we do pressure wash. That's only step #1. But, when the wood has become discolored, there are techniques to make the wood look good again -- unless it has dry rot. And from your pictures, I couldn't tell IF it is treated lumber. I just saw how weathered it looks, which is a BIG red flag. In our climate. Lumber completely rots in a matter of three or four years if it is not cared for properly.It really depends on your long term goals and comparing what choice gets you their faster.
Depending on your timeline to turn a flip around you can do a lot to make this look good if you have time and basic skills. Faster turn around means less holding cost and more profit, do not get stuck doing stuff out of your skill range or very time consuming to save a few hundred dollars. Also, talk to your realtor about your market and when is the best season to sell or is the next 2-4 months look to be the best with the current market. That will give you a better timeline.
Vacation rental needs the same facelift, but a focus on creating "moments" to make someone rent. That outdoor deck to the lake would be a huge focus for me and views to the lake from the inside. I personally would keep that Golden tee and make a little game corner (board games, darts-with HUGE cork board behind it so less dmg, and the golden tee). That would be a highlight few vacation rentals would have.
Bleaching? Do people in the North not use pressure washers to clean their decks and fences?
FYI There are two types of treated lumber. There is the type that is used for any time there is contact with dirt. Then the other is less treated lumber if it has no ground contact. A staircase like that can cost thousands -- just for the wood. We just finished building a handicapped ramp for a tenant who is supposed to move in this week. Yes, it costs thousand just for the lumber. With the virus, treated lumber is in short supply right now. And so are most building supplies.
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