Post # 1
My FH & I are buying a house soon. We have found a couple with amazing interiors, but I am not a fan of the exteriors AT ALL. They are either outdated, need some work, or are just styles I don’t prefer (split levels).
I have always said I wanted a house with great curb appeal, but if the inside has everything we want, I’m finding it harder to pass up on them just because the exterior isn’s ideal.
Post # 3
Depends on what it is you don’t like about it. Landscaping? Can be changed. Paint color? can be changed, etc…
If you don’t like split levels why would you be ok with the inside and not the outside?
Post # 4
@MsJ2theZ: Not a fan of how split levels look from the outside, but the insides don’t bother me. One house we found is covered in atrocious 70s rock, but the interior and the yard are perfect. Sigh.
Post # 5
@regit45: LOL well it would definitely be a big project to replace that with siding but it can be done. It really depends on how much you like the house in every other way.
If the market was decent and I absolutely hated the outside structure of a house, I probably would keep looking. But if I had been looking and finally found something I liked, and that was what was wrong with it, I’d seriously consider buying. OBviously depending on your success so far you may have to make some concessions to get what you MOSTLY want. I wanted granite countertops but I didn’t get them 😉
Post # 6
We are struggling with this right now! There are a couple houses that are amazing deals and mid-century modern AMAZING on the inside, but they’re those 50s style houses with flat roofs….blech.
I’ve found as I am looking that having SOME curb appeal is non-negotiable. I don’t want to live in an ugly house, or one of those TARDIS houses that looks like a tiny bungalow on the outside but is 3,000 sq feet.
Post # 7
Honestly, if I didn’t like the basic style of house, I wouldn’t buy it.
However, if it was just a matter of needing cosmetic work like new siding or new shutters or something, rather than the architectural style of the house, that stuff is relatively easy to fix, especially if you and your FI are the handy sorts.
Post # 8
@regit45: My brother had a brick house that was quite ugly from the outside. However, he recently got it stuccoed (sp?) and it looks great now! If it’s something you can eventually change and you’re happy with the inside, I think that part is a lot more important. Curb appeals matter, certainly, but you’re living on the inside so I think that matters more.
Post # 9
You don’t often look at the outside of your own house. If it had everything else I wanted on the interior and a decent yard, as long as nothing on the outside needs major renovations it wouldn’t bother me.
Post # 10
The house we bought had the exterior I liked the least. When we were picking out houses to tour on our first day of house hunting, I saw the house and said out loud “Ewww that exterior is too traditional for me”. Apparently not too traditional to stop me from buying it 😛
I’m still not the biggest fan of the exterior details, but I really love the house overall and that has helped me accept the parts I don’t like about it. We’re slowly but surely giving it more curb appeal too, and maybe someday I can love the outside of it as much as the rest 🙂
Post # 11
@regit45: When I first bought my house, I loved the inside, but don’t exactly care for the outside. There was alot of cosmetic work to do on the outside, which we did and it helped alot. Honestly though, in the end, you spend more time enjoying the inside, than the outside.
Post # 12
All other things aside, exterior cosmetic changes would be low on my priority list. So yes, I would buy a house with an exterior I didn’t like if the house had most of the items on our wants list, and it was at a good price.
Post # 13
@regit45: Depends on
1) just how bad I hated it
2) if we had the money to do something to the exterior.
There are TONS of homes that I don’t like the exterior on, but I love the inside. And it’s interesting. When I am in the inside of my home, I don’t think about what the outside looks like at all (although I don’t have a problem with the outside, either). But then– I have lived in a house that was completely redone on the inside, but the outside– to this day– leaves anything to be desired.
I never really felt at home in that house– so I can’t blame the exterior soley. It was a house I rented– so I was not going to be doing anything with the outside either way. I was never excited to get home– never really felt like it was my “home”– but again, even though the inside was redone and cute, I never really felt good in it. Don’t have any other explanation.
Exteriors can (almost) always be redone, covered, etc……
Imagine any home with cedar shakes and stone. Or even new Vinyl siding (as unappealing as that sounds) can do wonders with a house if you choose the right color.
The inside of your home is where you live– so if you’re in love with one on the inside (beauty comes from within!!), remember you can always throw make-up on the ouside, redo the landscaping, etc…..
If the ouside is something you know that you just don’t have in the budget for years to come no matter what…..then I’d weigh the pros and cons I guess.
People tend to update the interiors before they’ll do anything to the exterior– because they live inside. So I think you’ll find lots of houses where the insides are awesome and the outside is less than desireable….
That’s my take!
Post # 14
@regit45: I spend a heck of a lot more time inside my house than looking at the outside. I already have a house that has absolutely NO curb appeal and it doesnt bother me. I mean I would love a house thats perfect in every way, of course! But I care a lot more about the inside than the outside.
Post # 15
@regit45: The 2 most important things to me about a house are the location and the look of the outside, because those are the two things you just can’t change.
Now, I don’t have a specific “style” I have to have, but if a house is just awful on the outside, I won’t get it no matter what the inside looks like. That’s the part that people will see the most, too!
Just my opinion, though. I totally understand why most people aren’t bothered by this.
ETA: If it was something that could be easily changed (like paint color or new roof or something like that), then it wouldn’t bother me.
Post # 16
If it was in a great location and under budget, absolutely yes.
You can’t change the location of the house, but you can definitely do cosmetic changes to the exterior. If it was under budget and I could afford the cosmetic changes within 2-3 years, I would do it in a minute.
My dad and stepmom bought their house because of it’s location and solid “bones.” It was an old Florida “breadbox” style house, hideous on the outside. I was absolutely horrified when they bought it, haha. They popped a fake peaked roof on the sucker, totally changed the exterior look, and redid a couple of things on the inside (flooring, added French doors, redid the bathrooms, changed one non-weight-bearing wall). Now, ten years and two years of reno later, the damn thing is worth more than double what they bought it for–probably closer to triple.