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How a Grout Sealing in Allentown, PA Increased the Value of this Home for Sale


June 30, 2017

In a fast-growing city such as Allentown, Pennsylvania, finding a buyer for a home can be quite a challenge. This family reached out to us for our grout sealing services in Allentown following a recommendation from a home inspector friend who, as a favor to the family, assessed the state of the house to properly prepare it to be sold. The family had decided to move out of town, but hadn't found the right buyers to purchase their two-story home at the price they were hoping.

Before and After Picture of a Grout Sealing Service in Allentown, PA
Throughout the years, the big house had been constantly remodeled by the father, an architect, to keep it modern and comfortable for his family. However, keeping an eye on every aspect of a property is not a one man's job. Overtime, paint peels, water seeps through the walls, cabinets age, and in humid rooms like showers, dirt and grime accumulate in the most hard-to-clean places, like grout. When selling a home, those little details matter a great deal—small repairs have a huge impact in how buyers see and think of a house.

The father turned to his fellow contractor for advice. After taking a look at the house, his friend suggested to refresh the master shower of the suite room with a grout restoration service, among other repairs. This would have huge impact in the shower's appearance and would surely make the room much more attractive for possible buyers. He knew just the right company to help—Sir Grout Bucks. The contractor had worked with us before and guaranteed our services would restore the shower and leave it as good as new. To give an illustration, the friend showed Sir Grout Bucks's website to the homeowner, including the before and after photo gallery of our previous work and the reviews that our past clients had left us about our services. What the architect saw on our website convinced him to give us a call and request a free, in-home consultation for us to inspect his master shower.

Before and After Picture of a Grout Sealing Service in Allentown, PA
Our team went to the residence a few days later to examine the bathroom, as we agreed with the homeowner over the phone. The shower was beautifully designed: spacious stall with tiny, colorful tiles on the floor, wide square stone tiles for the walls, a bench seat, and a stylish glass door. However, the grout around the floor and the wall tiles was covered in stains, mold, and mildew, which made the room unattractive and diminished its true value. Besides, the shower glass walls and door looked opaque and unappealing due to severe hardwater buildup that covered the surface.

The client told us how he and his family were moving out of town and about his attempts in finding a worthy buyer for his property. He asked us if there was something we could do to make the room look nicer. Fortunately, we had the perfect solution for him: we proposed a complete grout cleaning and sealing service to return the grout lines to a uniform color and to protect it from future damage. Once we showed him different pictures about how much can a shower change thanks to grout restoration, he agreed without a second thought. We then established a date for the project to start.

Our hard surface restoration experts came back to Allentown a few days later to start the procedure. First, our restorers used Sir Grout's non-toxic tile and grout cleaner to emulsify the dirt around the tiles; we removed every inch of embedded grime using a high-speed yet gentler scrubber and a vapor-steam cleaner. Our team seized the opportunity and used the professional machinery to remove the hard water buildup of the glass door and walls too.
When everything was clean and dry, our hard surface restorers made all the grout repairs that were necessary and removed the old caulk between the walls, the floors, and the shower bench. To recolor and seal the grout, we used ColorSeal—a water-based, acrylic sealer that comes in a variety of colors to match any tile's shade. We recolored all the grout to a uniform white to make it match the shower's style. The next step was to replace the caulk, for which we used Stainmaster epoxy caulk. This product is non-porous so it won't crack, peel, or dry out easily. For a final touch, we buffed on Stone Armor, an impregnating, solvent-based sealer, over the entire shower to protect the tiles against future deterioration.

The results were excellent! The homeowner's wife was particularly amazed by how neat and white the grout on the floor and around the corners looked. The family was also impressed by how clear and transparent the glass door was; they didn't expect that refreshment and thanked us for the restoration. When they heard that our ColorSeal service also made the grout stain-, water-, mold- and mildew resistant, they regretted not hiring our services before.

We learned from the family that they were planning to install a similar shower in their next home, so we advised them to hire a grout cleaning and sealing service as soon as the shower is finished and to have the surfaces professionally maintained at least once a year. They were moving to Scottsdale, Arizona, so we referred them to our Sir Grout franchise in that location, offering the same services as we do. As a home cleaning tip, we recommended them to always use a pH-neutral cleaner, which is safe for grout and the sealer.

A couple of weeks later, our team ran into the homeowner. He happily informed us that the new bathroom added some extra value to the property—they sold it at a higher price than expected!

Does your shower need a touch-up? Sir Grout Bucks has the best hard surface restorers in the area! We can make your shower or any kind of hard surface look like new again. Call us at (215) 450-5763 or fill out the "Request a Quote" form on this website to schedule a free, in-home consultation today! For more information about our services, find us on Facebook as Sir Grout Bucks County, follow us on Twitter @SGBucksPA and on Instagram @Sir Grout. If you want to receive our before and after stories straight to your inbox, subscribe to our newsletter.

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