Imagine that you have friends visiting. As they walk up to your entrance they keep tripping over the uneven pavement. When they get close to the house, a falling icicle almost hits them on the head. Climbing the stair, the railing comes loose and they almost fall off to the side. Going through all this, your friends might wonder if you are trying to kill them.
These are just some examples of what could happen if your home is not well maintained, and while exaggerated, it shows why you should take the time to make sure that you care for the general upkeep of your home.
Walking around looking at potential dangers that a person unfamiliar with your home could face will give you a good idea of what you should address to make your home safe for visitors.
After compiling a list, you should either take care of the problems yourself, or hire someone to do the repairs for you as soon as possible.