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(CNN) — Buyers from all around the world have been snapping up dilapidated Italian homes at rock bottom prices over the past few years as numerous depopulated towns and villages attempt to revive their dwindling communities by offering property bargains.

While the prospect of substantial structural upgrades, along with the red tape often involved in purchasing a home in a foreign country, might be off-putting to some, others have jumped at the chance.

Of course, each buyer will have a different vision for their new renovation project. Some opt to keep things as simple as possible, focusing on making the house

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Katy Krebs and her husband, Michael, were looking for a place to call their own when an old shed that used to belong to Michael’s grandparents caught their eye.

Katy Krebs, her husband Michael, and their two daughters Carolina and Harper.

Katy Krebs; her husband, Michael; and their two daughters, Carolina and Harper.

Katy Krebs

The Krebs had been renting for about seven years. When the coronavirus pandemic hit, they decided it was time to find a place they could call their own, especially since they were getting older and have two daughters: Carolina, 7, and Harper, 3.

They didn’t have to look far to find the solution.

The couple had inherited 70 acres of land in Fayetteville, Texas, from Michael’s grandparents. The property includes agricultural land — and a small, rundown shed.

“We thought the shed was the perfect thing to fix up and make into a tiny home, where we could live while saving up some money so we can

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A New Jersey man excavating debris around his house stumbled upon a mystery last week when he accidentally unearthed $1,000 worth of bills all dated to the year 1934.

Rich Gilson was using a rented mini-excavator Friday to clear up the debris after he and his wife, Suzanne, updated their 1920s-era home in Wildwood with a new foundation and an addition, he told NJ Advance Media.

Gilson said that as he was working away, he spotted two “little round things” maybe 2 inches across and around 3.5 inches long.

“I thought they were weeds,” Gilson told NJ Advance Media. “I picked them up and just threw them aside, and they went into the pile I was using for fill.”

It rained the next day, and when Gilson resumed his excavation work Sunday, he could see the two objects more clearly and realized they were tightly wound wads of old

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Owning your home is about more than just having shelter—it’s about managing an ?. A house or condo is often your largest asset, so instead of simply enjoying it, you have to worry about improving it all the time in the hopes you’ll be able to sell it for a lot more than you paid someday.

It’s like that the moment you bought your house you began schemating to radically change it—to add or redo a bathroom, to finish the basement, or to modernize the kitchen. Whenever you hesitate to consider how expensive those renovations will be, someone invariably tells you that it will increase your home’s overall value (because no one stays in a house for the duration anymore—the average homeowner will only linger between eight and 13 yearson average, before moving again).

But how much will your renovation increase your

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If you’re just starting out on your home renovation journey, you will quickly find yourself overwhelmed with the practicalities of bringing your dream home to life. From finding out what permits you need to find the professionals that will help you to realize your home’s potential.

When it comes to renovating a house you can easily be blindsided by technical jargon and legal requirements all the while trying to figure out where to start. Thankfully, these six steps will set you on the right track to ensure a successful home remodel.

Home renovation – everything you need to know

So you’ve decided that this is the year that you’re going to transform your house into your dream home. But what next? Whether you’re planning a home addition, seeking to make eco home improvements or planning a basement extension, the same essential steps will help you to realize your vision as

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