Once you become a homeowner, your “to do” list starts. If you don’t stay up on projects your home will soon start looking worn. Not a good image, especially of you are trying to sell your house. Even if your not trying to sell, you need to act like you are. If not, your home will start to look like it hasn’t been cared for. Before the cold weather really sets in, experts say it‘s a good time to inspect your deck. Start by cleaning the surface with soapy water and a soft-bristled brush. Then check for splinters and popped nails; break off splinters, sand sharp edges, hammer nails, and tighten screws. Finally, check the structure for rotten boards, broken railings, and wobbly steps. If you discover extensive damage to the deck, consider a replacement.

Next up, how does your front door look? A fresh coat can transform your home’s facade for the cost of a quart of paint. Choose a color that’s appropriate to the architecture. Traditional homes calls for historically correct hues, say a red or black door on a white Colonial-style home. For a Federal-style brick building, earth tones, including brown and green, are the best complement, or you can pick up the neutral hue of the mortar.

Another critical area that often scares homebuyers away is a problematic roof. A leaky roof allows water to penetrate inside, where it can ruin insulation and drywall, and create opportunity for mold. On a sunny day, use binoculars to spot cracked, curled, or missing shingles, which are signs that the roof is near its end of life. Also check flashing around chimneys, skylights, and roof valleys, and the rubber boots around vets for cracks. Many homeowners are sick and tired of having roofing issues every few years so they are opting to invest in a metal roof. That’s right, metal isn’t just for commercial properties anymore! Erie Construction of Evansville, Indiana is a leader in the industry and can show you why metal is fast becoming such a popular roofing option.