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Bulgaria Property Viewing Trip

If you are ready to make your trip to Bulgaria in search of your dream proeprty, here are a few tips on how to handle ‘the viewing trip’ to make sure you get the maximum out of it.

Before you go
Keep an open mind - try not to get fixated by properties you’ve seen on the internet: often these end up the least suitable!

 

Give the estate agent as much information as possible about what you are looking for. Don’t chose an area that is too big to cover - distances on maps are misleading, what looks like a couple of inches can take hours to travel with the condition of the roads.

Properties come and go all the time, so expect things may have changed by the time you get there and what was advertised may no longer be for sale. On the other hand, there will be others which will have come onto the market. It’s hard for the estate agents to keep their information up to date, especially when they do not have the property on an ‘exclusive’ basis as the vendors often don’t let an agent know when their property has been sold.

Check the estate agents’ fees, their commission, drivers costs, viewing costs, VAT etc. before you get there so you know what you’ll need to pay - and not be faced with a nasty surprise!

A lot of estate agents can’t handle walk in’s, so try to book appointments in advance. Telephone the agent beforehand as that way you’ll get a better feel for them.

It’s a difficult thing to decide whether to book your travel arrangements first or the appointments with the agents! Most of the agents will hold a day for you for something like 24 hours so that you have time to confirm your flights, etc.
When thinking about the use of your time, allow a full day for viewing properties with any one agency. It’s important to allow yourself plenty of time - you’re not just buying the property itself but what’s around it too.

Things can happen extremely quickly regarding house purchases in Bulgaria. Any house you like is going to be of interest to others and, if you delay in buying, someone else won’t. Go ready to buy, if you are not, then it may not be the time to visit.

Please tell the agent if you will have children with you then they can plan the day with more breaks and get a bigger car if need be.

We would always suggest leaving a final day blank so that you can go back to property a second time or start on the paperwork if you’ve found something you want.

The Day Itself
Be prepared for this - nearly every buyer we have spoken to says it is far more tiring than they thought. Distances between properties are often huge and roads are not too good, so travelling can be slow and you may well end up spending a lot of time in the car.

Use this time to ask questions. Make sure you have a map with you so that you know where you are - it’s all too easy to become disoriented when you’re not doing the driving.

Don’t fall into the trap of letting the estate agent drag you around ten or more properties in a day, you’ll just end up even more tired and confused. Take your time. Look at a maximum of six properties in any one day, four is even better. Ask to look round the village or be driven out of the village in a different direction.

Think about your clothing ... if you’re looking at properties in a town then business dress is fine, but if you are looking at renovation projects in the countryside you could easily end up walking through mud, climbing over fences, wading through streams, etc.

If you’re going to be late or can’t get to the appointment, call the agent so that they know. One of the most common complaints from estate agents is the number of people who don’t turn up for appointments and don’t even let them know. The more this happens, the less likely the agents are to want to book viewings for you in advance!

If you can, avoid taking a lot of people with you - they’ll only add to the confusion.
When looking at the properties tell the agent what you think. It’s much better to be straight and say if you don’t like something rather than staying quiet about it. Letting the agent know what you like and don’t like gives them a much better idea of what you want and makes it easier for them to find better suited property for you.

Finally, if you are lucky enough to find something you want to buy at the start of your trip, don’t forget to call the other agents and let them know you won’t be turning up so they can cancel any viewings.