The Renovation Game: Ferniehowe Steading, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

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What's for sale?

You might think this looks like an uninhabitable shack, and you'd be right. But with views across Dinnet Moor and the Dee valley, and planning permission to convert these stables into a home with two bedrooms, bathroom and kitchen/dining/living area, there is plenty of potential here.

How much?

£80,000, freehold

What's needed?

It needs the works. Any conversion must be within the existing frame, and services aren't yet connected. The building needs total restructuring; partition walls, wiring, plumbing and, of course, decoration. The garden should be landscaped, too, so this is no small project.

Profit potential

This is a remote site, yet only six miles from Aboyne. A jolly town, annual Highland games take place there, and there's a secondary school. Aberdeen is an hour's drive away. You'd be looking at £100,000 to get this into peak condition, and it would then be worth in excess of £250,000.

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