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Viewing trips to Bulgaria
Viewing trips are a very personal issue and generally depend on your reasons to plan a trip to Bulgaria. In this section we give answers to most of the important issues for organizing your viewing trip to Bulgaria – from the arranging of your flight to the viewing of the properties. 
1. How long should you stay?
That depends, of course, on your plans, but allow about 2 working days to view property and at least one working day to do the legal paperwork if you want to buy. 
Bear in mind also that maximum 2-3 properties can usually be viewed in one day, because of their different locations and arrangements with vendors. Therefore, we advise you to study all the description and pictures of the property provided in advance and decide which properties you would really think are from your interest. This will save a lot of time during your visit in Bulgaria and will make viewing of properties more focused. 
Please note: As banks, solicitors and Notary offices aren't open on a weekend, make sure you stay for at least one weekday to do any legal paperwork. You will need their services in case you have decided to purchase and want to organize the buying process.
2. Arrange your flight
We can plan a date and time for your visit. Then you need to arrange your own flights and let us know your arrival time at Varna Airport (or train/coach stations). For more information on flights, please see our "Travel to Bulgaria" section on our website.
If you already have plans to be in Bulgaria, such as a package holiday to one of the Varna area resorts like Golden Sands, then all we need to do is fix a time for you to meet one of our representatives. All our staff speak English. They are friendly, with expert local knowledge, and will look after you well. 
3. Viewing houses – What to be aware of
We operate viewing trips Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm and please let us know prior to your visit the dates that work best for you. We will be able to confirm with you a suitable time and place to meet prior to the viewing trip. This can be either at our office in Varna or directly at the property.
If we are meeting you at the property or another location, we will ask you to get in contact with us a certain time prior to the agreed meeting time to confirm you are still able to make it. This helps us to reduce the number of no shows as unfortunately, these are costly for us to deal with (houses can be over 100kms from our office) and can disrupt other appointments we have in the day.
We understand that your plans may change, but if you are unable to keep to your agreed meeting time, please let us know as soon as possible. We will always do our best to accommodate but if we’re unable to still see you on the same day, we will look to re-book with you. 
Please ensure we have your relevant contact details so we can update you if there are any change of plans on our side. 
4. Accommodation
Our office is in central Varna, and we usually recommend to visitors to book their accommodation in Varna itself. There are many great value hotels, guest houses and Airbnb’s to stay in the city and we are always happy to provide recommendations.  
Being based in Varna will make it easy for you to meet us at our office prior to going on a viewing trip to see properties. Plus, it is a great base for legal work as most services we use will be in and around the central area. 
5. Do I need to bring any money?
If you feel confident that you may be purchasing a property during your visit, then we would recommend ensuring you have funds available to cover the deposit and any potential legal work. 
It tends to be cheaper to complete legal work in Bulgaria rather than your home country. For non-EU citizens, you will be required to set up a limited company and this is something we can assist with. The lawyer we recommend charges 450 Euros for company set up and the bank will require a 250 Euro due diligence fee (for opening a company bank account). 
There will be some other miscellaneous expenses for a notary and potentially a translator. 
Deposits can be paid via bank transfer which may be preferable than carrying a cash equivalent. The deposit amount will vary on the seller and property and will typically be from 500 Euros to 2000 Euros. This increases for higher value properties. 
ATMs are widely available in Varna as are exchange bureaus if you have brought another currency with you.