The Outdoors: Things To Focus On When House Hunting

Posted on: 23 September 2019

When looking for the perfect home, people often focus on the home's interior. They look at the layout, the finishes, the appliances, and so forth. While these items are definitely important, you're doing yourself a disservice if you do not also spend time considering the exterior of the home. Here are some things to focus on when deciding whether a home's exterior is right for you.

The Condition of the Roof and Siding

Make sure you look closely at the roofing and siding. If there are any peeling shingles, or if the siding is lifting away anywhere, you'll want to have a knowledgeable inspector take a closer look. A few missing shingles are easy enough to replace, but often, this indicates that the roof is starting to fail, and a roof replacement is a major expense. Similarly, peeling siding may have been letting water seep behind it, causing other structural damage.

The Landscaping

The home does not necessarily need to have state-of-the-art landscaping, but if the grass is not generally tidy and the flower beds are not weeded, you have a lot of work ahead of you. On the other hand, a nicely manicured lawn will make your life easier in the coming years.

The Overall Curb Appeal

Does the house look "like you?" Remember, this is the first thing people will see when they pull up to your home. If there's one light you don't love, or a few flowers that aren't your favorite, that's one thing. But if you really dislike the siding color or can't stand the size of the windows, it's not worth forcing yourself to live with.

Outdoor Lighting

The first time you arrive home after dark, you'll be thankful for any outdoor lighting the home has. Be wary of buying a home without any outdoor lighting. This spells a lack of security, and it can be pretty expensive to install outdoor lights since your electrician will probably have to run new wires. 

Proximity of Neighbors

Are the neighbors' houses close or a mile away? Everyone has their own preference — but you don't want to buy a house where the neighbors are really close if your top priority is privacy.


Not everyone needs a fenced-in yard, but it is certainly helpful if you have children or pets. Check to make sure any fencing on the property is secure, in good condition, and tall enough for your needs.

Talk to your realtor about other things to focus on when looking at a home's exterior. 

For more information, check out companies like Your Green Homes Real Estate.