Post # 1
Ok so the past week has been one heck of a rollercoaster for DH and I. We put an offer on a home that was accepted then declined because they wanted more money from us but when we refused they recalled their acceptance. All VERY fishy. While I still maintain that home is my DREAM house at this stage in my life we have to accept it and move on…
So… The in laws came up with an interesting plan last night. A cousin is selling his home and will give us a pretty good deal on it. The bad news? We both HATE the house. I have spent the last hour coming up with a list of things we’d have to do to the home for us to really love it. We only hope that the cost of the renovations would make sense with the price of the home. If not we are SO ready to say no to the family and this house.
How would you add character to this drab exterior? I think it’s pretty bad and the awnings HAVE to go. I was thinking of a porch, but I don’t know how that would look on this style home. What do you bees think? What do you think of the whole situation? I feel like we’re trapped – his family is very “family”, so saying no to this is going to be really hard…
Post # 3
redo the landscape, add some flowers.
remove the awnings over the windows.
put a fresh coats of paint, or powerwash the exterior.
Post # 4
@thenextmrsi: You may have to do some heavy duty landscaping in addition to the awnings, but do you even like this house? How is the inside? If you’re going to have change things structurally, it may not be worth it.
Post # 5
@thenextmrsi: Why doesn’t the cousin sell it to someone and NOT give them a really good deal on it. As a seller I would much rather sell to someone I don’t know than to give family a discount. There could be thousands of dollars at stake.
Post # 6
I don’t understand why on earth the cousin would give you a good deal on it. Is he rich? Just say no. Buying from family sounds like a terrible idea.
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2012 - Sunset Harbour
If it were me I would::
- nix the awnings
- get rid of the giant bushes – put in smaller flowering plants
- get rid of the bucket growing weeds
- re-do walkway
- new siding
- re do steps – maybe widen to make it easier for multiple guests arriving at the same time
Thats about all I have off the top of my head! THe home we are working on closing on needs curb appeal help too. Its not the end of the world – you can do it!
Post # 8
I would be very leary of buying a home from a family member. What if they have input or are offended by something you do? Kind of like buying a car from a friend or family member.
Post # 9
remove the awnings, paint, do some landscaping – get rid of those massive shrubs – they are too big for the house.
I would also redo the front windows – I don’t like that they are not identical on both sides, and I would also center the front door. It might look cute with a door, two smaller windows with shutters and a small porch?
Post # 10
- Wedding: October 2013 - Tybee Island, GA
I’m gonna be blount. I will not pay for a house i dont love.
If you dont love it i wouldnt do it. Your family isnt the ones that are gonna live in it and have a family in… YOU ARE! invest your money in something YOU like
Post # 11
Agree with ajility81.
Add maybe short hedges to border the path and property? Cute letterbox in the front?
I’m not sure why but the house iteself sort of reminds me of these ones. The little hedges in the middle are what I’m talking about/
Post # 12
YOU have to live in the house. Why buy a house you don’t love? You may be stuck there a long time.
Post # 13
Thanks for responding everyone. At this point I’m just trying to make myself feel better because I am so terrified that we are going to have to take this house because it’s “family” and that’s what you “have to do”. The cousin is moving in with his girlfriend and wants to leave us the furniture as well, no idea why other than everyone keeps saying that it’s the “family’s house” and it has to “stay in the family”…
I honestly HATE every single thing about the house. The interior is worse than this exterior. I much prefer two story homes and this is a ranch, very narrow and long and an odd layout of the rooms. That’s just the beginning.
The ONLY thing I have going for me is that DH is on the same page as I am and also hates the house.
Post # 14
@thenextmrsi: If you HATE the house then just say “no thank you”. You’ll be miserable and you’ll end up moving and spending even more money in the process. OR you’ll feel obliged to stay and end up resenting the family member you bought it from.
You should keep looking until you find “the one”.
Post # 15
@thenextmrsi: I wouldn’t buy the house if you both hate it. I’d thank them for the generous offer and keep looking.
Post # 16
@thenextmrsi: For gosh sakes. You are adults. If you hate the house you always will. Just say “Thanks for the offer, but we have other plans.”
Some of the above suggestions will cost $$$ and some can’t be done functionally.
You can’t just center the door. It would end up opening into one of the rooms rather than the front entry.
Before anyone would want to remove the awnings, one would think there is a reason they are there. Are they required to keep the sun out in summer and keep the A/C bill to a reasonable level. I’m sure the house looks better when the awnings are rolled up against the house.
You could put in a larger window on the left side but it still won’t match the one on the right which is a bay window.
The landscaping is cosmetic and easily remedied.
You would have to check local bylaws about required setbacks from the property line before you could add a porch. The front of the house may already be as close as it can get to the property line.
Personally, I would never buy anything from relatives.
Your home is generally the largest and most expensive purchase you will make in your lifetime. Why on earth would you let someone else decide that for you?