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Digital Subscriptions > Italia! > Mar 2019 > QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Our experts are here to help with all your questions about Italy. This month, building or restoring a house, the joys of baccalà, and granting lasting power of attorney…

BUILDING AND RESTORING

QI am considering buying a property in Italy. However, I am not sure about the choice between building a new house, restoring a rundown property or buying an already existing house or restored property. What are the differences considering, among other things, time, and technical and fi nancial consequences?

A It all depends on your expectations of your future property in Italy, on how you want to make use of it and, fi nally, your budget. Buying an existing new or restored property is of course a lot easier, less work, and sometimes even less cost. If you need to move in instantly or want to start renting it out immediately, a new or restored property is the way to go. However, if you have time on your hands, buying a plot to build your own house, or buying a rundown but characterful property to restore, will be an intense but also very rewarding experience.

The pleasure of the process of bringing a rundown property back to its former glory can bring great satisfaction, as can building a new, tailor-made house to your personal taste and specifi cations – rooms sized the way you like them, a big living space that connects to the design of the garden, your own choice of materials and position…

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Our new issue will take you from the chilly alpine splendour of Courmayeur in Valle d’Aosta right down to Sicily – visit the majestic Valley of the Temples near Agrigento or stay nearby at the Verdura Resort. A recent fl ying visit to Florence inspired our ‘48 Hours’ feature this month; from new discoveries at the Duomo to a new way of getting around (by tuk-tuk), this venerable city is always a pleasure to visit. And, turning to another alternative mode of transport, we take a tour around Lake Garda by e-bike.