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Is Renovating For You?

If your planning to relocate to Bulgaria and you intend on renovating your own property, be sure to think about what the renovation process involves. Have you thought it through and how can you be certain that you will still be high spirited half way through a renovation? If you are prepared to put all your finances into a renovation project, and then make sure you have done your research and sums on your finances.


Where are you going to live whilst the work is underway? There are many points to consider, so here at Quest we have put together some reminders.


Today, property prices are at their lowest in Bulgaria, but that does not mean that prices have not risen throughout for materials, deliveries and possibly labour (if required) in the building trade. Also the term 'you get what you pay for' applies here in quality of many items you buy so don't be tempted to cut corners it will usually mean a repeat job, and yes more money. Depending on how deep you want to get with your renovation project, you should plan every detail and get as much information on the topic before you take the plunge.

What Do You Plan To Do?

What exactly do you mean when you say you are 'renovating'? If you're thinking that your home purely needs a new lick of paint and cosmetic work, then of course it will be cheaper and easier than a renovation that requires you to practically re-build a property. Wherever you are in the world, it is important to have a firm idea of what you want to do before taking the next steps and realising those plans.

What, When, Where, When, How and Why?

What - What will you do? Plan everything that you must do and be sure that your plan is realistic, and you will achieve results.

When - Do you have a time limit? Even if you don't have a strict time to complete your work for, ensure that you pace yourself and you should see some signs of improvement either daily or weekly.

Where - Before you even start, you should be thinking where everything will go. Ensure electrics, water and pipe work allow for that e.g. extra bathroom, remember each country has different drainage and electricity capacity. Some pipes need to be buried to prevent bursting in freezing temperatures. Check first with professionals. Remember that a writer would not start writing a book before they know the ending, so you should never start a renovation project before knowing how the end result will look.

Who - who is going to do the work? Do you plan on doing the majority or all of the work yourself or are you planning on employing workers to help? Obtain recommendations from those who have had trades men and are happy with the quality and efficiency of their work.

How - how are you going to achieve the results? How many hours per day or week are you going to have to put in? How will you manage this financially?

Why - why are you planning to do something that way? There are often many ways to go around things, so think why you have chosen that option. For example, choosing laminate flooring or carpets, laminate flooring is easier to hard wearing and easier to clean, but carpet is warmer in the colder weather. 'Why' is a key point to think about, especially if you have moved to a country with a different climate to what you are used to.

Is help needed?

If you find changing a light bulb or simply decorating a room challenging, then it is perhaps a good idea to employ workers to help you. You may even choose to overlook the whole project and just hand over your plans to experiences builders, plumbers etc. and take the back seat, ensuring at all times that you are in control of the project and your finances. If you are planning on employing people, find good, reputable workers who have been recommended to you and confirm prices, working hours and rules before you start. The last thing you want is for your workers to go on strike demanding more money when you are in the middle of completing a job. Remember that you're the boss and if there is anything that you are not happy with, you must say so.

Stick To a Plan

There is nothing worse than not sticking to a firm plan, when you come to renovate, because your final outcome will depend on it. Whether you are on a budget of time, money or both, you can't afford to change your plans half way through unless you are completely sure that it is necessary to do so. If you're planning on doing the majority of the renovation yourself, then be strict on yourself. Set yourself targets and try your best to stick to them. This can be easy to begin with, but don't get distracted when you have to choose renovating over something that you may enjoy. If you are leading a renovation project and are the employer, then be firm but fair on your employees too.


These points are worth considering before buying a house that requires renovating. It is worth noting things will go wrong or cost more, but through determination to per sue a dream the end product is a house that you have designed yourself and an excellent achievement.