Why do buyers seem to turn their noses up at block houses?

Asked by Eunice, Gantt, AL Sat Oct 27, 2007

Help the community by answering this question:

+ web reference
Web reference:


Ruthless, , 60558
Sat Oct 27, 2007
Holly gave a really good answer on your last question. She suggested stucco over the block. The reason buyers turn their noses is because it looks industrial, not homey. The reason they tend to sell for lower prices is because they are not part of the norm. Unfortunately when it comes to homes being different is often a disadvantage.

What is interesting about block homes is that they are stronger and resist bug problems. Take a look at this post: http://www.trulia.com/voices/Quality_of_Life/What_problems_m…

Brick homes are worth more than wood homes. So I'm sure that this confuses you since you feel your home would be a step higher than brick. But as JR asked in your last question, "What is a block home?", you can see that you need to educate the buyer as to the advantages because your home is unique.

Here is my advice. If you can't afford to put stucco on your home to make it more attractive, try a FUN advertising campaign. Sell your house using the 3 pigs with a stick, straw and block home. Make sure people know that they are getting something solid that will last - especially if you are in a hurricane zone.

Good luck,
0 votes
Lexie Longst…, Agent, Charlotte, NC
Sat Oct 27, 2007
By Block houses, I am assuming you are referring to homes made with a cinderblock material. I think the reason that most buyers turn their noses up is purely cosmetic. In general they don't look real attractive with the large grout lines, and the large flat blocks. However, it is not that hard to make them the darling of the neighborhood.
I have a client who turned her "ugly duckling" into the cutest house and has people knock on her door weekly asking her if she wants to sell. What did she do? She covered the block with a stucco or stocco like product. The contractors covered the grout lines and the entire house with an even coat. Then she had it painted a cute color. She did the house with a Spanish influence and added rustic shutters, some cute post on the porch... and voila ... she had a House and Garden contender.

I don't think the objections to block houses are the "construction" method as much as the look. Get some magazines and books and try and find some curb appeal ideas that with distract from the "block" and make the house a "buy".
3 votes
ian cockburn, Agent, New Orleans, LA
Sat Oct 27, 2007
Block may mean humidity problems / mold and mildew issues depending on where in the country the house is.

These potential problems coupled with the look can be a turn off. Try painting with two colors...one about 1 to 2 feet high around the house, and a lighter pastelle color for the balance.
Web Reference:  http://www.iansellsnola.com
0 votes
Search Advice
Ask our community a question

Email me when…

Learn more