Here are some things to remember as you enjoy daily life in your personal “oasis”. Buyers should pay extra attention, as long time home owners sometimes do not keep these things “top-of-mind”.

 Pool Fun

The most important safety issue is to control who enters the pool area. Most importantly, children and guests that can’t swim. Therefore, pool fencing that follows local ordinances is essential. And yes, there should be a lock on the gate.

Fire Zones in Your Backyard

Each homeowner creates their personal yard space to suit their own needs. So when a Buyer comes in, they need to determine what’s safe for their family. Although it’s not cheap to re-do outdoor living space, it’s essential to make the area safe – especially for children and pets. Barbeques, outdoor kitchens, fire pits, hot tubs (for example) are all potential hazards and certain modifications may need to be made.

Other Danger Zones

Parts of the yard that have been there for years may be starting to “wear out”. This could be everything from a pool to a deck, patio, fence and playground. Take a close look. Stomp on the patio and/or deck. Shake the railings and fences. Make sure everything seems solid.


Although trees, bushes and shrubs add to the outdoor “décor” they must be maintained to avoid dangerous scenarios. Dead branches should be pruned so they don’t break off and fall from the trees. Bushes and shrubs should be trimmed so they don’t touch the house. This prevents moisture, moss, bugs, animals, etc. from intruding into your home.

The Home’s Facilities

Furnaces, air conditioners, compressors, generators, water heaters, water softeners – plus all the appliances around the house – should all be evaluated as part of your purchase. You need to know what you’re getting. Should a repair credit be negotiated on the purchase price? At the very least, you need to know how to budget for upcoming obsolescence and needed repairs.