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The Perfect Building Plot

Not everyone is ready to take on a renovation project, but if money is tight, then you may decide to consider buying a plot of land and building your Bulgarian dream house. With plots of regulated land costing as little as 8 Euros a sq m in some areas, then you may find this is the best way forward. Initially, you may decide to just buy the land and wait until finances permit you to start building. This is a safe way to ensure that you don’t overstretch yourself, but can still capitalize on the growing Bulgarian real estate market. There are several things you need to consider when buying a plot of land in Bulgaria. Quest Bulgaria offers some practical help to assist you in your Bulgarian land purchase.

 

Location

The first thing to consider is finding the ideal plot for your needs, but before you start setting up a viewing trip, you need to do a little research. Consider first the location you want to buy in. Are you looking for sea views, flat open plains or a mountain landscape? Is the plot purely for investment purposes or a place where you intend to build a home for yourself? Do you want to be close to other people or are you looking for a remote retreat? The location of your land will have an impact on the price; the highest land prices are on the coast and some of the cheapest in areas like Vidin, Vratsa and Montana.

Ready to Build

Once you have decided on a location you need to look for regulated land as this means that the plot is suitable for building. It is possible to turn agricultural land into regulated land in some areas for an additional few Euros per sq m but this is something you need to research well before committing to buy. Regulated plots are usually close to mains electricity and water, but this is an aspect that you need to check. The further the distance to the source of these utilities, the greater the cost when you come to build. An isolated plot may offer privacy, tranquility and rural idyll, but at what cost

Proximity to Local Amenities

If you are planning to build a home for your permanent use, then your lands proximity to schools, doctors, the post office and shops is important. Bulgarian winters can be harsh and you may find yourself holed up in your village for a week. If there are no shops then how will you eat if food runs out? If you are intending using your home for holidays, then do you really want to be an hour’s drive from the supermarket; on a hot day this is more of a torture than a pleasant drive through the countryside.  The post office may not seem important unless you take into account the fact that most Bulgarian villages expect you to collect your own post and there is no system to notify you that you have any! If you suffer from regular illness, you need to be near to a doctor’s surgery or hospital; Bulgarian roads are notably bad and what would be a short drive back home may be double the time over here.

Checking Access

If your plot is not located on a street or main road, then you need to check access rights. You may even need to construct a road to your plot and this could prove expensive. If your site is not easy to access, then it will also prove difficult to get materials there once building work commences. If large cement trucks cannot get onto the site then building work will grind to a halt and expenses will rise as you seek alternative methods of delivery.

Boundaries

Before you commit any money to buying your land, you need to check the boundaries in detail. The local municipality will have maps of each plot and will be able to tell you exactly what you will own. There have been many incidents of people being shown a plan of a plot of land only to find that when they own it, it is not the size they originally thought. The local municipality will be able to arrange for surveyors to mark out the plot in question so that you know exactly what you are buying. This is known as a "skizze" in Bulgarian. Whilst you will have to bear the costs for this, it will be money well spent. Staking out your land is not a sophisticated process here in Bulgaria; surveyors will use old sticks of wood to mark the boundary, once they have taken the necessary readings enabling them to calculate this. Do not assume that existing posts mark out the current boundary before you buy. These are often misleading and boundaries are subject to change as multiple owners carve up large plots.

The Lie of the Land

Sloping plots are much cheaper, but may be difficult to build on and this will add to your costs. Furthermore, the type of soil on your potential plot may also affect the cost of your build too. An incline may add a feature to your garden allowing you to add a variety of levels or an infinity pool or permit you to have unobstructed views of the countryside. However you need to determine where you can actually build and you should bear in mind that you will not be able to build closer than three metres to the boundary. The municipality will be able to advise you on where you can build on the plot by showing you the "pup," a plan detailing what is permissible in a local area as well as the size and number of storeys available. Once you are armed with this information, you can stake out the size and position of your home and see if it meets with your needs.

Additional Considerations

Your plot will need to be big enough to include a septic tank. Bulgarian villages do not have common drainage systems and a large underground room has to be built as aseptic tank. You will also need another smaller underground room for your water connection and meter. Consider also the location of natural water nearby. Whilst a spring or brook makes an attractive feature, they can prove to be hazardous if they burst their banks and cause extensive flooding.
The secret to buying the perfect plot is not to rush to pay a deposit, but to research in detail how it best suits your needs and what exactly you are buying. Spend time at the local municipal to save time and heartache in the long run. Don’t be pressurized by over-enthusiastic agents who tell you the plot will not be available for long. Remember, should you lose this plot there will always be others.