10 Tips for Assessing the Exterior of Your Home


The elements can do a number on our home’s exterior.  Now that the weather seems to have taken a turn for the better……fingers crossed……it’s a great time to get outside and take stock of how things have held up over the winter months. 


Here’s are 10 things to consider when assessing how your home faired over the winter.


  1. Front Door – is it cracked, does it need a new coat of paint/stain or maybe even replacing?   
  2. Paint trim – is anything cracked or peeling, does anything need a scrape and repaint? 
  3. Eave-troughs – are there leaks or sagging, is there debris to be removed, are the down
    spouts in good condition and is everything free flowing? 
  4. Door hardware and locks – are they in good working order, have they tarnished or has anything come loose?    
  5. Driveway – do you note any stains, chipping or pitting that appeared over the winter?
  6. Sprinkler system – have any of the heads clogged or broken off?
  7. Exterior surfaces – would a power wash or new coat of paint be beneficial?  Have any of the roof surfaces come away? 
  8. Decking – are there any rotted boards or soft spots, has stain or paint peeled, do any patio stones need levelling? 
  9. Landscape – are shrubs or trees showing signs of “winter burn”, do they need a prune or maybe replacing, are grassed areas in need of attention?  
  10. Gardens & flowerbeds – is new earth needed or will a simple turn of the soil suffice, are fall leaves still lingering?


By no means is this an exhaustive list, but hopefully it will help get you started. 

  Do you need help finding resources for those things that get added to your “to do” list?  Get in touch with me….I can point you in the right direction.