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part 1 Assessing a property’s potential

In the first part of this series on how to ensure your renovation is a success, Emily Smith looks at how to tell if a house is worth taking on as a project
When Mark and Stephanie Fernandez came across an outdated bungalow in Berkshire, they knew a renovation and extension project could turn it into their dream home. Their hard work paid off, and for a build cost of £275,000, they’ve created a contemporary abode, packed with wow factor

Buying a fixer-upper is an attractive and popular project for those looking to make their stamp on a house and achieve great value for money. Get it right, and it’s a fantastic way to invest your cash. Not only will you be creating a space that’s tailored to your needs, you’ll also reap the rewards in terms of the property’s end value. Get it wrong, and it has the potential to turn into a disaster akin to a never-ending soap opera, guzzling up your finances with no hint or hope of a profit at the end.

Over the upcoming issues of Build It, I’ll be investigating what it takes to ensure your renovation works result in a wonderful home that you can enjoy for years to come. The first step, of course, is having a house to renovate.

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Plan, design and build your dream home with practical advice and inspiration from Build It magazine. Highlights in this month's issue include: - Design Secrets to Win Over the Planners - Home Extension Costs - How to Find a Project with Renovation Potential - Building Contracts: Why You Need One - Buyer's Guide to Sliding Doors - Outdoor Living Ideas - Build It magazine's own Real Life Self Build ... and more!