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ontheroadagain
8/29/2017 12:32 EST

Hi,

I'm interested in buying an old house (25mins drive from Plovdiv, close to Parvomay) and renovating it.

Can anyone who has undertaken renovation such as installing kitchen and bathroom and electrics please give me some idea as to how burdensome the regulatory process is?

Also, did you have difficulty finding builders/tradesmen and did you require the services of an interpreter?

Thanks in advance for any advice.

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johnners
8/30/2017 01:41 EST

We have renovated several properties here in BG. Regulations in our experience only apply when you wish to extend the footprint of a property or build a new building. You will need and architect to draw up your plans and submit them to the local authorities who will approve then add to your house documents. To add a new room to our house cost us two payments of 250 Lev. BE AWARE OF LOCALS WHO PRETEND TO BE 'MEISTERS'!!! Often they will watch someone do a particular job once and then by osmosis become a meister!! Best ask around the locals to recommend someone they trust to do a good job, also make sure you do not get charged 'Angliski prices!!' Check the going rates in your area and get a price for the job.

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