How would you add curb-appeal to this home?

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
6171 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

redo the landscape, add some flowers.

remove the awnings over the windows.

put a fresh coats of paint, or powerwash the exterior.


Post # 4
8389 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@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
737 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@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
3570 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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
931 posts
Busy bee
  • 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
1081 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
1302 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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
434 posts
Helper bee
  • 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
209 posts
Helper bee

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
1178 posts
Bumble bee

YOU have to live in the house. Why buy a house you don’t love? You may be stuck there a long time.

Post # 14
570 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@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
2823 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@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
42157 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@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?

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