Finishing Construction Work Sofia

You can occupy a new built property in Sofia when the property has been granted Act 16 – fitness for use of the building. However, the property that you will receive from the builder will be far from ready to use and you will likely to require a property finishing service in Sofia

The condition of the delivered property is likely to be:

  • Rough walls and ceilings
  • Rough floors
  • No bathroom fixtures and fittings
  • No kitchen appliances or cupboards
  • Maybe no interior doors
  • No electrical lights or switches
  • No heating
  • No air conditioning

You will need to find someone in Sofia, if you cannot do the work yourself, to complete the work, and, due to the amount of construction work being performed in Sofia, these ‘finishing builders’ are difficult to find for the right price.

Finding a Good Finishing Builder

During a recent house sale in Sofia, we obtained several quotes from finishing builders. Some of the quotes were 4 times more expensive that the builders (that we had used before with good results) for exactly the same work.

Furthermore, it is difficult to schedule the finishing builder as it is often not clear when the house or apartment will be ready to start the work.

  • You will probably not allowed to start the work until you have made full payment for the property
  • You should not start the work until the property is fully dry, and the external door is fitted with a working lock

Another issue with the finishing builders is that many of them find fault with the building saying things like:

  • The walls are not straight
  • The bathroom walls are not strong enough to hold the tiles
  • The staircases need to be fitted before they can start work

These things slow the work done, cause rework and increase the cost.

We have many years experience of finishing apartments in Sofia and we will put you in contact with quality workmen. 

Scheduling the Finishing Builder

It is quite likely that your house or apartment will be ready for the finishing work a long time before the whole property obtains Act 16. This is because the last things that need to be completed are items like the external work, parking and the elevators.

So, it is best schedule the finishing work during the months between when the roof is finished (the apartment is dry) and when Act 16 is obtained.

Normally, the finishing work will take about 2 months but you have to carefully schedule the delivery of all the supplies for this timescale to be met. 

Work to be Undertaken by a Property Finishing Service in Sofia

Your property finishing service in Sofia will probably have to complete the work listed below (and a whole lot more) to get your new apartment ready for inhabitation.

Finishing the Walls

Plastering walls and ceilings remove imperfections so that are smooth and geometrically straight and smooth right angles are formed where the walls meet.

Plastering covers all ducts for electrical, internet, alarm system, telephone and other cables, as well as all heat and ventilation, heating and air-conditioning links and pipes.

The plastering of the ceiling is also very important because after the fitting of the lighting fixtures every imperfection of the ceiling becomes quite obvious.

Quality plastering is very important before painting the walls or putting wallpaper. It is wrong to think that wallpaper will hide all the imperfections of the wall.

Plastering will be done both in dry and wet rooms. Plastering is divided into leveling and finishing plaster.

  • Levelling plaster fixes large imperfections – cracks, holes, ducts for different cables, etc. and it forms the geometrically straight edges of the walls.
  • The finishing plaster corrects small imperfections and scratches from the main plastering.

Finishing the Floors

Our home finishing partners have a team of skilled workers who will install the hard floorings in your home or investment property in a professional manner,

In Sofia, the floors normally consist of:

  • Tiles
  • Wood – parquet or laminate (much cheaper option)

It is a personal choice on whether you use tiles or wood in each of the rooms but things to look out for include:

  • Choosing the same height wood and tiles if you select a combination
  • Do you want underfloor heating?
  • Choosing tiles that are large as possible to reduce the number of pieces, while making sure that they are not too heavy or need too much cutting

Finishing the Bathrooms

The bathrooms are one of the most complex areas to finish, especially if they are small.

In our opinion, it is best to buy the bathroom pieces and bathroom tiles from one store.  The store can then create a design plan that includes all the bathroom fixtures and fittings as well as the tiles.

Things to consider:

  • Do you want a bath?
  • What type of shower do you want?
  • Do you want a toilet with the tank hidden?
  • Do you want the sink built in or stand-alone?

We will advise you on who we think will give you the best service depending upon your requirements

Finishing the Kitchen

There are basically two choices when it comes to finishing your kitchen:

  • Visit one of the stores in Sofia and choose from their range. The store will then visit your property and make a design (after payment of a small deposit)
  • Choose a kitchen designer/manufacturer than will build you new kitchen to your tailor made. The designer will provide everything apart from your sink, taps and handles.

Both options will need to know the exact models of cooker, dishwasher and refrigerator that you are selecting so that they allow for the space in their designs.

We will advise you on who we think will give you the best design depending upon your requirements

Installing The Doors

There are several doors to consider:

  • The builder will always provide an external door in the cost of the property but you can choose to upgrade the door if you do not like the one that the builder offers
  • The internal doors may or may not be included in the cost of the property. If the doors are included, and you do not like them ,then you can obtain a refund and select your own doors from the many door stores in Sofia
  • The garage door may or may not be included in the cost of the property. If it is possible to fit a garage door, then you may want to select a better one (for example automatic rather than manual), or purchase a garage door yourselves if one is not included in the cost of the property
  • Meze door. This is exactly the same case as the garage door

Electrical Light and Switch Installation

Do not forget to leave room in your budget for electrical lights or switches. Also, you may want the builder or your finishing contractor to add more lights and sockets if you do not think that there are enough in the original design, or you do not like where they are located.

Design and Installation of Heating System

Choosing your heating system will be one of the most important decisions that you will make when finishing your new home or investment.

Twenty years ago, gas if available, was the best choice if available and Gas Prom set up a Gas provider in Bulgaria, called OverGas, that was charged with the gasification of the country. However, climate change means that gas is being outlawed in many countries with electric being the preferred choice as it can be generated by renewal energy. In the past gas was a cheaper way to heat you home in Sofia but not electricity is the more cost effective option.

Depending where you live in Sofia, you may get access to municipality ‘Central Heating’ system provided by “Toplofikatsiya Sofia”. The hot water will only be available in the colder months and the dates when it is switched on or off is dictated by the outside temperatures.

We will carefully explain the options that you have to heat the house or apartment and introduce you to the eco-friendly heating experts in Sofia who will inform you of the best system for your property and make the calculations to ensure that the property is energy efficient.

Installation of Air Conditioning System

As you may be aware the temperatures in Sofia vary a lot from lows of -20 centigrade in winter to +40 degrees in summer so air conditioning, in the living rooms at the minimum, is a must.

The direction that you property faces will have a strong impact on the temperature of your property. Properties with living areas that are south facing properties are by far the  best and your home will even get a lot of sun in the winter, although it is cold outside, which will help keep your home warm.

Many people choose multi-purpose air-conditioning units that can operate from -20 centigrade to +40 degrees in summer and use the air conditioning as the heating system.

We have partnered with the leading energy efficient heating and air conditioning equipment providers in Sofia who will visit your property and inform you what are the best combinations for your heating and air conditioning.

Installation of Video Surveillance, Security and Intercom Systems

We will put you in contact with the residential security experts in Sofia who will install your comprehensive surveillance security system at a reasonable prices

There are no restraints to the number of intercom systems and security cameras that can be offered which will secure your properties today and for the future.

The security specialists will visit your property and recommend the security camera equipment, intercom systems, wireless CCTV camera decisions that are the best for your situation.

The security company will be you long-standing partner from installation of the security equipment until you sell the property.

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Bistritsa, Boyana, Dragalevtsi, and Simeonovo used to be villages at the foot of Vitosha Mountain which turned into suburbs due to Sofia’s growth. All four areas have preserved the slower pace of life and you will enjoy a very experience to living in the Centre of Sofia, you will see houses with beautiful gardens as opposed to blocks of apartments. This article examines the benefits of investing in property for sale Simeonovo Sofia.

Where Dragalevtsi and Simeonovo slightly differ is that they both have a lift to the top of Vitosha Mounatin (a cabin lift in Simeonovo and a chair lift in Dragalevtsi).

Simeonovo is one of the most prestigious districtsin Sofia. It is situated above, to the south, the Sofia Ring Road.

Travelling to Simeonovo Sofia

The main road from the centre of Sofia to Simeonovo is Simeonovoshusse. Simeonovoshusse ends at the Sofia Ring Road where the Simeonovo district begins.

There are frequent buses which connect Simeonovo to the Sofia city centre, you can find details of the bus routes at this useful website.

If you wish to drive to the city centre it would usually take no more than 30 minutes. From the Sofia Ring Road it is easy to travel to the other areas of Sofia such as Boyana, Mladost and Sofia Airport.


Lozenets is definitely one of the best districts to live in Sofia. Lozenets is known as a high-end, very desirable residential district with number of modern luxury residential developments interspersed with traditional Bulgarian homes.

To the south, the district heads to the slopes of Vitosha Mountain via Cerni Vrah Blvd, and to the west to one of the biggest and nicest Sofia parks – South Park.

The whole of Lozenets is packed with top quality shops, bars and restaurants, so you will never be short of entertainment.

In the past quarter was named “Korubaglar” (which means “vineyards in the woods”) because the quarter was at end of the town. Nowadays Lozenetz is amongst the most in demand and preferred districts and is still undergoing a lot of development of Sofia.

Lozenets can be split into two parts – Lower and Upper Lozenets. This can be slightly confusing as Lower Lozenets is to the north. You can easily reach the centre of Sofia by foot in 30 minutes while you will need to use the excellent public transport service or very cheap taxis to go to the centre from Upper Lozenets.


Iztok District is located just to the east of Sofia city centre. Iztok is Bulgarian for East and, originally, Iztok was the most eastern part of Sofia. Now the capital has far extended to the east and includes districts such as Mladost and Druzhba. Because of its proximity to the centre of Sofia, and the high quality of the property for sale Iztok Sofia is one the most elite and expensive quarters in the capital of Bulgaria.

Iztok is probably a little to far to walk to Sofia city centre for most people, but it an ideal cycle ride as it is relatively flat, unlike most districts outside of the centre of Sofia.

Borisova Garden Iztok Sofia

Borisova Garden is known as “Sofia’s lungs” because of the huge green area it occupies in the very heart of the capital. It is a monument of garden and park art of national importance.

Over the years, Borisova Garden has become a favorite place for walks and entertainment for several generations of Sofia residents and has earned the reputation of the most beautiful and preferred park in Sofia.


Dragalevtsi is definitely one of the best districts to live in Sofia, and property for Sale definitely comes with a premium price compared to the rest of Bulgaria, but compared to the cost of property in the rest of the European Union, it is an absolute bargain.

Dragalevtsi is part of Vitosha municipality and situated in the southwestern part of the city, in the foothills of Vitosha mountain.

Dragalevtsi now is an affluent district built up with luxury properties, as well as the old-style village houses that have not yet been re-developed into luxury modern properies in Dragalevtsi.

Location of Dragalevtsi Sofia

Dragalevtsi is located 7km from Sofia city center on the slopes of Vitosha Mountain.

Dragalevtsi has spectacular panoramic views and the excellent transport system which makes it an extremely attractive for location to live in. Indeed, Dragalevtsi is the preferred area in Sofia for many business people of high social status.


Boyana is an upmarket district of Sofia, the capital city of Bulgaria. Many businessmen and foreigners have invested in property in Boyana due to its quietness and high standard of living. If you choose to invest in property for sale Boyana Sofia you will be living in the same neighbourhood as the President, Prime Minister and the Speaker of the National Assembly.

Boyana is located 7km from the centre of Sofia in the foothills of Vitosha Mountain, which was declared the Balkan Peninsula’s first National Park.

Features of Living in Boyana

Boyana offers lots of greenery and peaceful ambiance that contributes to the healthy lifestyle of its residents:

  • Wonderful views Vitosha Mountain
  • Fresh summer and winter than the rest of Sofia
  • Fresh, clean mountain air
  • Good communication with the city center and the test of Sofia using Boulevard Bulgaria and the Sofia Ring Road
  • Gasification
  • Famous landmarks, such as
  • Boyana Church, The National History Museum, Boyana Residence, Boyana Fort and the Living Water Spring
  • Excellent shopping and places to eat and drink


Bistritsa is the least well-known of the 4 villages, (Bistritsa , Boyana, Dragalevtsi, and Simeonovo) which lay at the foothills of the magnificent Vitosha Mountain to the south of Sofia. Property For Sale Bistritsa is fast becoming the most sought after in Sofia

Bistritsa is a large village in the Sofia municipality, located in a small valley just 15 km to the south of the capital Sofia.

Crystal-clear streams (the name Bistritsa origin from Bulgarian “бистър” that means “clear, lucid, limpid”) flow through its teritory, and there are mineral hot-springs close to the village.

Travel to Bistritsa

The quickest way to travel  to Bistritsa is to use the Ring Road from the Darvenitsa junction to travel up the mountain.

If you wish to travel into the centre of Sofia by public transport, the best way is to take the bus to Mladost Business Park, where you can take the Sofia Metro all the way into the centre of Sofia.

You can also change trains on the Sofia Metro to quickly get to Sofia Airport.

Also, all four villages are connected by a mountain road, which provides for spectacular views of Vitosha Mountain and the whole of Sofia. The road runs from Boyana in the west to Lake Pancherevo (more on the lake below) to the east of Sofia.


Vitosha District is located towards the south of Sofia, between Lozenets District and Sofia Ring Road. At this moment there is a lot of construction of property for sale Vitosha District.

The weather is a little cooler and fresher than central Sofia, but the winters are not so harsh as you will find in Boyana, Dragalevtsi, and Simeonovo – this is one of the reasons that Vitosha district is becoming one of the best places to invest in real estate in Sofia.

Transport Communications and Shopping in Vitosha District

One of the major advantages of buying a property in Vitosha District are the excellent transport communications between Sofia city centre, the ring road and other areas of Sofia.

A major reason for the spectacular growth in the real estate market in Vitosha District was the opening of the Vitosha Metro station.

The bus connections are also excellent in Vitosha Distict, and will enable you to connect with many of the areas not yet covered by the Sofia Metro.

There is also a tram service from the northern part of Vitosha District which runs down Cerni Vrah Blvd into the centre of Sofia.

Talking of shopping, there is, arguably, the most up-market mall in Sofia located right in the centre of Vitosha District. Paradise Centre has an excellent selection of shops, supermarkets, restaurants as well as a cinema complex.