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Smooth Sofia Relocation Services
We provide complete Sofia relocation services, which will help your employees and their families settle in faster both for work and day to day living.
We will take the risk out of settling into Bulgaria by providing a comprehensive range of relocation services delivered by people who know Bulgaria
We will take the whole Bulgaria relocation process out of your hands and proactively mitigate risks to your assignees and your business.
We’ll coordinate and control the entire relocation process, including:
- Arranging temporary living in Sofia
- Meeting you at Sofia airport
- Finding permanent accommodation new home
- Doing a school search
- Help with all the logistics of settling into a Bulgaria
Detailed Relocation Briefing and Assessment
Nothing can be left to chance when moving to a new country, especially when the native language is not English.
We of evaluate your unique situation with a detailed briefing and assessment meeting at the start of our Bulgaria relocation contract, a long time before we start arranging your relocation to Sofia to ensure there are no hidden surprises.
Cultures and family requirements are different from employee to employee, but with over 16 years of experience, our attention to detail will ensure that your relocation to Sofia goes smoothly.
What is included in our Sofia Relocation Services?
Our services are rarely the same from employee to employee, and we will provide a tailor-made service that accurately matches your needs.
We will discuss your employee’s requirements during their consultation and will create a detailed plan to make your employees relocation to Sofia as smooth as possible. Our Bulgaria Relocation Service always offers:
Sofia Relocation Assistance
We have a comprehensive relocation assistance program in Bulgaria. These are some of the services that we offer:
Airport Pickup Service Sofia
We provide your employees with a personalised airport collection service, they will be met by one of our drivers at Sofia Airport, in a suitable vehicle, and transported to their first accommodation in Sofia. We will take care of personal luggage, and ensure items such as car seats or disabled access are available if required. One great thing about Sofia is that the airport is only about 20 minutes from the city centre, so it will not be long after you land that you discover Sofia.
Property Location Service Sofia
As our relocation services in Sofia are part of a larger real estate company, we have the resources and contacts to find you somewhere to live.
It could be that you have used our virtual viewing application to view and select your first home in Sofia. If this is the case, and the property is fully furnished, then you can move straight into your new home directly from Sofia Airport.
If your chosen apartment or house is not furnished and you are waiting for your furniture and other belongings to arrive from your home country, or If you prefer to find a new home after you arrive in Sofia, then you have the following options:
- Book into a hotel close to your place of work (great for just a few days)
- Select a serviced apartment. This will be better if you have children
- Choose an AirBNB type home where you can look after yourselves
If you prefer to find a new home after you arrive in Sofia, we would have prearranged a list of viewings, based on specific individual needs, distance from their place of work and your budget, so that you can get housed as soon as possible. This process will probably take a couple of weeks.
Temporary housing and short-term rental
Sometimes you need either temporary housing or a short-term rental. Doing so can give you the extra time you need to find the home that suits you best.
Sofia Orientation Services
Gaining a good understanding of your new area is essential to being happy in your new home. With our area orientation service, we will explain the location’s culture and help you to get a better understanding of your local area’s highlights, attractions and key features, all which will help to select the most appropriate district for your new home.
Our orientation services provides your employee and their family with a overall perspective of Sofia and Bulgaria, helping everyone to understand the potential issues that could arise, and how to avoid them, as well as what life in Sofia will be like. We will also you take you on a guided tour of Sofia to explain where the best places are to shop, eat and carry out your daily business.
Sofia Home Search Service
If you are looking for a new home in Sofia, our relocation experts can help you find the perfect property.
Our Home Search Service matches you to a short list of properties for you to select the right option for you.
Our team of specialists will work to find the right properties for you based on your personal preferences. It is important to be specific about what you want from your new property. To help in this process we have created am on-line checklist to note your preferences.
We always tailor your home search to your needs, but our service always includes the following as standard:
- We will start with a comprehensive needs analysis assessment.
- You will receive a home search tour of residential areas, customised to your requirements and budget.
- Assistance with the lease negotiation.
- Assistance with property hand-over, providing an inspection report with photographs and videos.
- If required, we will take care of your lease renewal.
- When it’s time to leave, we help with lease termination and property condition report.
International Removal Service
Sofia Property Broker is certainly not a removal company, but we can put you in contact with one of our international removal partners who offer customised and innovative moving and secure storage services for individuals and businesses.
The moving service includes household belongings, vehicles, pets and high value or sensitive items.
The safety of your goods is paramount and our international moving partners and have developed packing materials and methods to protect your items.
The communication with the removal company will be organised through us to ensure your move is professional and seamless no matter where you are moving to or from. We will assist you in every single step of the way to guarantee a stress-free international move.
Flexibility is one of the many characteristics we have when offering our relocation services and we will report on progress to ensure the safety and security of your precious possessions and the peace you want to have when moving.
Local Moving in Bulgaria
If you are currently in Bulgaria, we can also offer local moving which can include household goods or moving your company locations.
School Search Service Sofia
Luckily, there are some excellent schools in Sofia. It could be that you have a particular language school in mind, in this case we would advise you of this during your home location process, as to which part of Sofia that you will find the best language school for this particular language.
Your children’s school(s) will be one of your biggest decisions when you relocate to Sofia, so our team will do their utmost to find the best solution for your children’s education in Bulgaria.
You will find that English is widely spoken by and taught to the youth in Bulgaria but there are also excellent French, German, Italian and Spanish schools to choose from.
This will allow you to focus on you new role, happy in the knowledge that their children are receiving the support they need in finding a new school.
Settling In Service Sofia
If you have a family, one of the biggest issues that you will face is the Bulgarian language, because many people that were brought up in the Communist regime do not speak English.
You will find that Bulgarian professionals mostly speak English, but the staff working in your local supermarket, pharmacy or local authority are almost without any English.
Of course, it is possible that you and your family do not speak English either, so we will have to locate professionals who speak your language to help you adjust to your new life in Bulgaria.
Once we have a complete understanding of your family situation, we will create a programme that will address your requirements to help you get by on a day to day basis.
Bulgarian Language Training
Bulgarian is not an easy language to learn, but you and your family must learn some basics to help you communicate with the locals.
We will speak with you and your family to ascertain the fastest and most effective way of teaching Bulgarian in your circumstances.
We can arrange to provide one-to-one lessons, family and group-based lessons, or online teaching for those who do not have the time to travel to a fixed location
Bulgaria Departure Services
After your assignment has completed in Bulgaria, we will work with you to close down and manage the status of your accommodation, updating local authorities of the move, manage any outstanding taxes, and arrange for your belongings to be shipped (if required) to their new destination.
Factors Influencing Your Chosen Area to Live in Sofia
If you are relocating to Sofia, it is important to spend time looking around different the districts of Sofia to help you decide.
Apart from closeness to public transport and your place of work, these are some other factors that may help you decide where to stay.
The cost of utilities in Sofia is relatively low compared to western Europe which reflects the much lower average income in Bulgaria.
The main providers of Energy in Sofia are:
- Electricity: Electrohold
- Gas: Overgas
- Water: Sofiyska Voda
In terms of communications and home entertainment the main options are:
- Internet (50 Mbps), Phone and TV: A1, Vivacom, Yettel.
The main supermarkets in Sofia are:
- Bulgarian: Fantastiko
- International: Kaufland, LIDL, BILLA
But there are also many specialist shops available for fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, bread, health shops etc.. where the prices may be a little higher but where you get a sense of community and get to know the owners and some of their customers.
Health services in Sofia are provided by both public and private clinics and hospitals. In the event of an emergency, you can go to any public hospital and receive free medical care if you register here. and be part of the Bulgarian Health Insurance Fund.
The major private hospitals are:
- Acıbadem City Clinic Tokuda Hospital
- University Hospital Sofiamed
- Vita Hospital
- Aleksandrovska University Hospital
- Saint Sophia University Hospital for Pulmonary Diseases
The main public hospital in Sofia is N. I. Pirogoff Multi-profile Active Treatment & Emergency University Hospital but there are many other specialist hospitals if you need more care.
The doctors are generally good, with the younger ones speaking good English, but you will get a feeling of more space in the private hospitals are the public hospitals are very crowded.
There are many English language schools in Sofia which include:
- Deutsche Schule Sofia
- George International School & Preschool
- American English Academy
- British School of Sofia
- Anglo-American School of Sofia
You will probably want to select a school close to where you choose to live.
There are also many pre-schools to choose from.
Short Term Apartments to Rent in Sofia
We have luxury apartments with an amazing set of facilities available to rent from 1-12 months. Facilities which are included in the cost include:
- Social areas with meeting and leisure facilities
- Utility bills
- All furniture, fixtures and fittings.
- Maintenance and management.
- Monthly residents get together.
This is a unique offering in Sofia offering the opportunity to be part of a community in a quality development in the fastest growing district in of the capital.
Types of Short Term Rental Apartments in Sofia
The following apartments are available and ready to move into:
- Studio apartments
- One bedroom apartment
- Two bedroom apartment
Long Term Rentals Sofia
When you choose to work with us to find your ideal property to rent in Sofia, we will provide the following services:
We enjoy our work and are unbeatable in our ability to offer you a personal service with local property market knowledge.
Access to properties
Our team has access to properties not widely available across the market and exclusive offers found only in our agency as well as working in partnership with many other leading real estate agents in Sofia.
We verify our tenants using a standard screening process, meaning you are presented as a credible certified tenant.
Your enquiry will be allocated to a senior member in our team, who will be your personal advisor for your search. To begin with, we will fully understand your needs as a potential tenant, with the aim of singling out properties that fit your requirements.
Once your needs has been established, your agent will carry out a property search. This includes both published listings and ‘off market’ offers sourced via landlords who prefer to work discreetly through our agency. If necessary, a wider market search will be executed to include our network of partner agencies to ensure all viable options are presented.
For maximum efficiency, we will create a ‘short list’ of options. Arrangements will be made with each property owner to view the properties at a suitable time and in an organised manner (including transportation if needed) to save time and effort. Each property will be presented in a detailed manner and questions answered to help you make the right decision and move forward with finding the right rental property.
Offers and Negotiations
Your agent will work in your interests and will use their expertise to provide guidance about placing an offer and negotiating the best terms. Having the support of an experienced negotiator with local market knowledge will help you achieve the desired outcome and save you time and money.
Signing the Lease Agreement
Once the lease terms have been agreed with the property owner, your agent will draw up the lease agreement for your convenience. Our draft agreements are prepared by a legal professional to protect the rights of both parties and can be prepared in dual language versions when required. If you require additional legal assistance at this stage, we have partner legal offices to whom we can refer you.
Handover and Ongoing Support
Your lead agent will organise the handover of the using a protocol which details the condition of the property and delivery of items such as keys.
If you lease one of our managed properties, you will benefit from ongoing support from a dedicated property manager who will liaise between you – the tenant and the landlord.