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I'm now getting more than my typical amount of calls for "a quick deck job" (my quotations) in order to prep homes for sale from real estate agents. It's hard for me to commit to these jobs, time & weather-wise (given other stuff). If I had time, I would go for a strip and recoat, or something like that. But if I refer them, they land like a thud (costwise), and it might be putting a blemish on my referral relationships.

I'm wondering if there is some sort of sweet spot that I'm missing for these sorts of home-prep-for-sale jobs. Anybody out there dealing with agents on these things? Any thoughts? Typically it's PT lumber stained cedar or similar (eg. cabot), etc. that's been sitting for 10-15 years with a coat or two of "We don't know what it is...." If I see the plasticity of Thompson's, forget it.

Any thoughts? Wondering if I should offer an cleaning & brightener, regardless of what's on it. Ridiculous?
 

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You have to be careful on those re-stain jobs if you don't know what's been put on it before. Some stains, solids & semi-solids don't come off very well, worse yet is paint, might as well walk away from those.

I hate those prep for sale jobs, folks usually seem to want to do the bear minimal amount, lipstick on a pig sort of deal. Sometimes while mining thru the BS jobs you'll find a decent nuggent tho.
 
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