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A Little Knowledge...

Today with just a couple of clicks at your keyboard you can be taken anywhere through the internet. Great - or is it? How do you know if the pages you land on offer you good advice or not?

So when searching for property in Bulgaria, services or information you want reliable answers for your own questions which you have.

Buying and owning a Bulgarian property, living in Bulgaria, how to do things... all this can be tricky.

Of course, readingQuest Bulgaria is a great place to start but even we can't guarantee 100% that everything will be totally accurate. Even between the time we write an article and it being published, things can change.

One of the other difficulties in Bulgaria is that legislation is often applied indiscriminately. Talk to people who've applied for residency permits or planning permission and you'll get different tales, depending upon which local council they went to. Also, even some of our lengthier articles can't cover all the details and possibilities on every subject.

Then, of course, just like anywhere, legislation can change at the drop of a hat. This means that advice given now may not be relevant next year. The best thing to do is use the features and articles as a good solid basis to get the feel of things.

Forums

If you are visiting a forum, look closely at its style before you decide whether to read more or even register. Some members on forums do give advice which is backed up with references to trustworthy sources. However, watching some forums I have been a bit taken aback by the gullibility of newbies and even far more shocked at the arrogance of other long standing members.

It's staggering how many posters are happy to tell anyone how to do something, when they often don't even know themselves. Just because a poster says he was not asked for proof of health insurance when applying for his residency permit, does not mean that they are right in saying it's not needed. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. And people with a bit of knowledge often think they are experts, when they are not.

It's odd too to see people on forums who live in Bulgaria asking such things as to what the controls on their washing machine mean. Wouldn't it be a lot easier to ask the next door neighbour or someone else local? There are also businesses who hide behind their "nicks" and are on the forums, using them to covertly tout for business.

Using local help

You can of course run into the same kind of thing face to face - but you've got a far better chance of seeing straight away who are the really good guys. Using locals (and local expats) is a good way of finding out who the most trustworthy builders and other service providers in your neck of the woods. But please don't just pick their brains and then don't employ them, getting someone else in on the black. They won't be so helpful to you next time and your standing in the community will take a plummet.

It's always a surprise to see how often expat Brits go happily on with their day to day ‘business'. We've seen them doing all sorts, from operating pick ups at airports, doing building jobs and bigger work... yet with no regard to Bulgarian law.

Help on all aspects of Bulgaria is available here on this site and on many of the Bulgarian government sites. Naturally speaking the language helps but a lot of these sites do have an English version.

We understand that getting the right paperwork is long-winded and can be hard but it is worth finding out what to do and how to do it correctly from a reliable source.

Your Mayor

A good source of information and advice. Pretty much everything you would need to know about your area, the Mayor's office will know. The staff are usually very helpful and some will even go to amazing lengths to assist. Don't underestimate this source for really good advice - a mine of information and help.