Post # 17
@thenextmrsi: The awnings have to go! Then, I’d paint it and get a new front door. I’d probably rip out those huge schrubs and plant a nice garden in the front. I’d probably add a shutter on that one front window, too. I think even just getting rid of the awnings and a nicer front door will do wonders for it.
Post # 18
Okay just read your update that you hate the inside, too. No don'[t take this house!!! There’s nothing worse then being stuck owning a house you hate.
Post # 19
Whoa…buying a house is one of the most expensive things you’ll ever do. Don’t let family boundaries muddle the decision for you. If you don’t like the house, don’t buy it, and don’t let them bully you into it.
If you really don’t like it – but feel there is no other alternative – would it be possible to rent it out and use it as an investment property instead?
Post # 20
@thenextmrsi: i agree with pp. get rid of the awnings and change the landscaping. a new front door will make a big change too.
can you paint the siding?
what about a front porch? full length or partial would work. if you don’t have enough yard frontage maybe just add new steps, door and landscaping.
Post # 21
@thenextmrsi: Landscaping and fresh paint will make a world of difference!!
Post # 22
Also, it looks like the front stoop is brick. Adding a brick sidewalk would look great!
Post # 23
Jusy my opinion, that house is not worth it. Keep looking for something that you want to put the TLC into.
Post # 24
If you HATE it, don’t compromise. But if you like the inside and the exterior of the house is bugging you, I say go for it. We just bought a house this past summer– I LOVE the inside but the outside is a plain ugly box!! But I’ve embraced it as my mission to beautify our new home and somehow break up the boxiness 🙂 If it’s great deal and you’ll be happy living there with some DIY cosmetic improvements, go for it!
Post # 25
Curb appeal is NOT going to make you change your mind about this house. Please please please don’t buy it. A home is such a huge investment and you should LOVE it. If the cousin is afraid he can’t sell it right away, suggest he keep it as a rental property. Do not fall into the family trap on this one. You’ll end up miserable and resentful.
Post # 26
I’m with others in saying don’t buy a house you aren’t in love with. It doesn’t sound like curb appeal will help this house. Also, I wouldn’t buy from family. Might be a good deal in the beginning, but could end messy. Why is the cousin selling? If it is such a good deal I would be weary that the cousin knows the house has some underlying problems. Hopefully, that isn’t the case. Good luck!
Post # 27
I think it could be cute if you took the awnings off and painted the siding darker (to match or coordinate with the thatched part, which I like). I agree that you should NOT consider buying a house that you don’t like though.
Post # 28
- Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta
Come up with a logical reason why you would have to turn it down. Like we need 4 bedrooms, not 3, or we need to be in a different neighbourhood. Something that they can’t take personally.
Post # 29
If the house needs to stay in the family, why doesn’t the cousin’s girlfriend just move in with him? Or why doesn’t another member of the family buy it?
Seriously, what a ridiculous comment. Unless the house is going to be handed to you for free minus land transfer fees, then family should have nothing to do with your decision to buy a home.
No amount of gardening or painting is going to make you love a house that doesn’t suit your lifestyle.
Post # 30
Honestly I think it depends on what your goals are as to buying the house or not. We’re currently buying the house we live in from my mom. It is in no way my dream house but it meets our current needs: it’s in our price range (I’m not sure about your area but prices have been going way up around here), it has the space we need, and the location we want. Plus not having to move is a bonus since I’m 31 weeks pregnant. We aren’t planning on this being our forever home though so we’re ok with settling right now because we can’t afford anything close to our dream home if we want to stay in this location. We are doing some upgrades though: new vinyl fence, painting inside and out, redoing the floors, and adding a door in the living room to the backyard. But we figured out the cost of these rennovations into our purchase price.
Now if you can afford your dream house or the cost of rennovating that place is too much, then I would decline and look for something else. As for curb appeal on that place: paint, get rid of the awnings, widen the stairs, take out the bushes and replace with flowering plants and plant a tree in the front yard.
Post # 31
You do not want this house. Don’t waiver because that gives “the family” an in to badger you about. Just say no.