We live in England but have just bought a house in Novo selo not far from Vidin. We have lived near Pavlikeni and also near Karlovo plovdiv region. We chose Vidin area because it is not in the Earthquake zone or a flood area, as we will be going backward and forward it is only a few hours away from Sofia, and of course once the bridge is built a quicker way into Bulgaria. the village is on the Danube not far from a large town Vidin ie hotel etc while we are doing the house up and there is plenty of place to visit. Granted we did look on Ebay for a house but ended up buying through a bulgarian imoti. Good luck with your house hunting!
Hello, JaxJax, and welcome.
I don't think I can add that much to the 'points-to-ponder' list already published, but would certainly add a voice to those recommending you to take your time. When we came, almost 6 years ago, we thought we had a good idea of where we wanted to be. However, after lots of hunting, 'near the Greek border' became a small village near Sliven, in the foothills of the Balkans. Very very different, and not, for one second since have we regreted that change of heart.
The second point, and already mentioned, was something that we'd never heard of or considered, but which I now see as being one of the most important considerations when deciding where's for you: water. It was sheer good fortune that bought us, after our first three choices had, I can now say, mercifully, fallen through. We have only ever lost our supply when work has been carried out, and a new house has had to connect to the mains. I think, had we had to live through some of the horror stories told by friends, of days or even weeks without water, we would have packed our bags and gone.
There is one last point I would like to add, though I realise it can raise a few hackles: we made contact with a British agent in Yambol, some months before we first visited BG. It was the best thing we could have done since, besides going through all legal hoops for us, and spending about 8 weeks driving us around a large area of South Eastern Bulgaria, the help: medical, financial, legal, and everything in between, that they have provided, and still do, has been invaluable. Whatever profit they might have made, they earned twice over. Once again, I'm not sure we would still be here without them.
Anyway, good luck with your move. There's more than enough to be thinking about, I'm sure, but as long as you remember to get plenty of sun-tan lotion, you'll be OK.
Living within 1/2 mile of the north kent sea marshes, fortunately on higher ground, flooding has always been uppermost in my mind and will be too in Bulgaria. Earthquakes, however, are a different matter. I must admit this never even crossed my mind! Something else to research methinks.
I'd heard about the water problems and have always been very keen to have a working well at our new BG property.
Joined: Jan 26, 2012 Posts: 35 Location: Plymouth & Veliko Tarnovo Bulagria
Posted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 11:27 am Post subject:
My partner and I moved from Plymouth and Watford which was the contents of a 2 and a 3 bedroom house by road with a company called Britannia in the UK, they came to our houses, packed everything and loaded it all onto lorries, merged it all together into one load, stored it for 4 months then transported the lot to Veliko Tarnovo for us for a little over £4k Which we thought was very reasonable, Pickfords quoted almost £7k
Joined: Jan 20, 2005 Posts: 1971 Location: Varna Bulgaria. Knowledge of Northern Coastline.
Posted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 3:43 pm Post subject: Re: Hi!
We are 6 weeks into our house sale here in the UK and hope to be in Bulgaria as soon as this has been completed! We will be staying at a friend's holiday home in Oborishte (just north of Varna) whilst we house hunt, but would like advice how to best go about this.
I have looked at hundreds of houses on the internet, but would like to have a good look around the country before deciding where we want to live. So that we don't drive around aimlessly, I was wondering whether I should use agents straightaway and if so, are there any recommendations?
Also, although I've looked at the various threads about removal companies, I can't find any up-to date information or recommendations. I live in north Kent and have various quotes (£6,500 for a full load or £125 per cubic metre for a part-load, both going by road and both eyewateringly expensive). I have contacted several container companies, thinking this would be less expensive, but none of these have given me the courtesy of a reply. I was wondering if anyone could advise me on this also?
With kind regards,
Ask yourself what do I want? Seriously who am I and what do I like.........Sea or Inland, Town OR Village , you must know that about yourself? Whats my budget??
If its SEA you soon find that location decides price along with condition of house. 10 miles inland and the price goes down. North coast Cheaper than South in general
Village life....... are you ready for it??....Can you take solitude & survive for days without water or electricity...Do you need a good pub or restaraunt nearby? Do you need other expats?
A few renovated/abandoned ex pats dreams about that will need another renovation to be cheaper than others......I know of a few and so do others on this website.
Using Obrochiste as a base you can easily reach as far as 100 miles up & down the coast (North=60kms to Border)
Stay in Varna & Bourgas......
Veliko Turnovo would make a good base to see the central interior as would Plovdiv for the mountains...
And as they told you in the X Files....Trust no one...
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