New Service: Thermographic Home Survey! A new nationwide service!
Thermography is a method used to detect and record heat in pictorial form. Objects generate a particular intensity of heat that cannot be seen by the human eye.
Infrared cameras measure and record this heat and produce an image. This valuable information is then analysed to assess the objects condition. Once this information has been assessed a report will be compiled which advises the customer of any areas that need to be investigated. This type of survey is particularly useful for building maintenance such as roof and wall heat loss, water ingress, roof leaks, insulation breakdown and mould. Once the problem has been identified, it will be fairly easy to rectify the defect as in most cases the challenge is to diagnose the issue.
Here are some videos listing the benefits of performing this survey:
Bulgarian legislature on minimum construction warranty periods
Many of our clients are facing problems with the developers in regards to dealing with warranty covered defects. For this reason, please click here for an English copy of Ordinance No. 2 dated 31 July 2003 on Commissioning of Construction Works in the Republic of Bulgaria and the Minimum Warranty Periods for Executed Building and Erection Works, Facilities and Construction Projects- look at Article 20 (4). We have provided consultation to clients with properties covered under this ordinance and helped them file law suites against the developer.
Property Measurement Service
We are now officially advertising a service which we have done for several of our clients who were in doubt whether their property was the size which they have paid for. The statistics show that in the majority of the cases the property is smaller than what is stated on the preliminary contract or the notary deed. Although the law is that the actual area can vary by 10%, in many cases units are smaller by 20 even 30%. Imagine the monetary meaning of this difference when most investors have bought at price levels of EUR 1200 per sq.m. and above. We have helped several of our clients successfully sue the developer and get their money back. Let us know if you want us to measure your property! note that this service is cirrently only offered for the Sofia and Bansko area. Click here to see a sample of an Autocad drawing which you get after the measurement.
BG Surveyor is offering property valuations performed by licensed real estate valuators
Due to multiple enquiries for property valuations, we are now able to offer this service to our clients. As we live in crisis times many Bulgarian real estate owners are interested to know what the current market value of their property is. Having the valuation in your hands will answer a number of questions such as:
-how much have I made on my investment
- what is a fair resell price
- can I raise a mortgage to cover the oustanding payments on the property
We currently provide this service nationwide for a cost of only EUR 200. Click here to see a sample of the valuation report.
BG Surveyors complete a technical audit on a whole complex in Bansko
We have recently completed a new type of project evaluating the current condition of a whole complex in Bansko. We were hired by a group of owners who were to make their final payments for their respective properties. The owners were concerned that the permit of usage (ACT 16) was delayed for 2 years and there were many defective works in the complex including damp, lack of proper heating, deterioration of the facades and common areas, cracks in the apartments and other failures. We evaluated the following technical issues:
- status of permits and approvals
- accordance with local regulations
- assessment of design failures
- assessment of necessary remedies
- risks relating to health & safety policies
- completeness of technical documentation and conformity with the as built situation
Our findings were presented in a comprehensive report with three annexes listing the relevant defects with photographic evidence and rating them according to their importance. The report was then used as a negotiating tool with the developer to rectify the defects and bring the complex to a state where it could be safely put into operation. The owners hires a Bulgarian lawyer to represent their interests in front of the developer. An agreement was reached where their final payments became contingent upon the successful rectifications of defects. We are currently in negotiations to start another project of this type in Pamporovo. The main benefits of such report are as follows:
A. The report is a good tool to negotiate with the developer based on the technical audit results.
B. The report gives an overview of the internal structure of all of the installation works that have been carried out.
C. We will evaluate any deviations from the preliminary projects or from the state of the art and will give you the scope of the deviation.
D. The report/assessment will give you information on any hidden costs which could occur later on due to any shortcomings or problems with the construction or any of the installation systems
E. To report will help with the evaluation of the exploitation risk as well as the possible damage risk due to property use
F. The report will help evaluate possible property management difficulties which could lead to HIDDEN COSTS.
If you are an owner in a complex which has been delayed or not completed as scheduled and need an independent technical audit, please contact us for details.
BG Surveyor has now been in business for almost 2 years providing property inspections and related services to hundreds of clients throughout Bulgaria. Throughout the years, we have established good relationships with a number developers, lawyers and real estate agents who have come to realise the value of the services we offer. We have received excellent feedback from all of our clients who were happy with the fast and efficient service which had saved them money and time and had taken off the stress of dealing with various parties in a foreign country. We have extended our services to also include insurance, furniture packs and property management mainly in the Sofia region.
What are customers and the press saying about BG Surveyor?
Article by Shelteroffshore.com dated 18th June 2007-06-22
There are four main methods of buying property in Bulgaria – you can buy land and build your own house, you can buy a property off plan in Bulgaria, you can buy an older property and renovate it to make it into the perfect home or…if you’re lucky you’ll be able to buy a completed house that perfectly matches all the criteria you have for your ideal Bulgarian home.
Each of these purchase methods has got one significant factor in common – you should be using a surveyor when buying property in Bulgaria no matter which approach you prefer! But until very recently it was extremely difficult for overseas buyers to find an English speaking surveyor in Bulgaria to assist them – thankfully though that has all changed…
It doesn’t matter whether you’re buying off plan, self building or buying an already completed home, you need to have it surveyed.
Building standards and practices in Bulgaria are not the same as in the UK or Germany for example - additionally unusual issues can arise in a country like Bulgaria such as boundary disputes where a developer may have encroached on another’s land when developing a site, and problems can even occur with a home’s access to water or electricity for example.
A good surveyor will sniff out any and all such issues before you buy, they will help you determine what needs to be done by you or the vendor if a sale is to proceed and what’s more, there’s a new service available in Bulgaria that actually goes even further than that…
Mark Davis who has teamed up with BG Surveyor to provide a complete service to all overseas buyers purchasing real estate in Bulgaria actually decided his services were desperately needed after he bought a Bulgarian property off plan.
Mark had to make such frequent journeys back and forth to ensure everything was progressing as it should, that construction stages had reached the level the developer said and that the building methods used were of a high enough standard that he realised in the end that he would pay himself far less to carry out such a job as a professional surveyor than he was actually forking out on flights and accommodation every few months!
As a result of this revelation Mark Davis and BG Surveyor are now offering a brand new service to all overseas and foreign buyers of property in Bulgaria. Initially they will look at the site plans, building specifications, land and infrastructure in the vicinity and advise you on whether the developer’s promises are likely and achievable. On-going, if you do decide to buy they will examine the development of your property on a frequent and regular basis, providing you with invaluable professional feedback and when the property is ready to be handed over they will give it a final survey to ensure it matches contractual guarantees and is of sound build quality. Remember, this company is employed by you and therefore working on your behalf, they will not cut corners or overlook shoddy building work like a developer or estate agent might when sending you an update on the progress of your property, they will help you, advise you and look after your interests.
So, if you’re thinking of using a surveyor when buying property in Bulgaria you can contact Mark - firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
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