“In my experience, buyers begin ‘inspecting’ the home on the first visit,” says Linda Windisch, a real estate agent with Northwood Realty in Wexford, PA. “And one of the first places they look is the deck or porch.” Because these outdoor structures are more exposed, she says, they are an easy target for casual scrutiny.
“If the porch looks dry,” says Windisch, “it gives the impression the whole house is poorly maintained. If the railing lattice is weathered, it can reduce potential offers. Buyers assume they will have to do that maintenance themselves. And they wonder what else they'll need to do.”