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How Much did it Cost to set Yourselves up?

  I have often been asked this question so I will try and put figures on the overall cost of setting yourselves up to be more self reliant. These figures are only based on what we did in Bulgaria. Doing so in different countries will vary enormously I should think.


The largest single item that we had to purchase was obviously our house with its garden, this was one of the determining factors of moving to Bulgaria. In all honesty we had not even visited the place before we turned up with the sole intention of buying somewhere to carry out our 'Gud' life.

I would not recommend this approach, however for us it turned out just perfectly. What is life without a little risk. We didn't even research that much on the internet. This was actually a good thing. I have since looked into these expat advice forums, and they seem nothing more than forums setup to complain about the problems and hassles they have had. So looking back it is quite surprising that within three days of our arrival we had successfully setup a business (required in Bulgaria for non-Bulgarians to purchase house/land) and had put a deposit down on the first house we went to see. Our 'Estate-Agent' was quite shocked at our eagerness to buy the first property he had lined up for us to see. Our specification went something like this though:

  1. Does it have a working roof?
  2. Is the garden big enough?
  3. Is it within our Budget?

Well the first house we saw ticked all three boxes, and like many typical men who find the idea of window shopping analogous with castration decided to buy it. Annie my other half had reservations, but for once (and it probably is a first) my 'Bull in a china shop' method has proved a success.

Total cost of 4 bedroom detached house with 2500sqm garden, in rural location including business setup and all the other documents Bulgaria so insists on. 10,000. Here it is:

Our House
Our House. 41'25'52N 25'19'42E

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Welcome to the 'Gud' Life, the home of self Reliant living on the internet. If you are interested in becoming more self reliant, or thinking of selling up and doing it for real you will find all you need to know right here. Written by someone who has done just that. Learn from my many mistakes

  A Quick Note On The Info Given On This Site

Dear All, the information on this website is given as is, I am not a solicitor, and believe the world would be a better place without them. If you follow the advice on this site, and use your common sense you will not come to any harm. I cannot and will not guarantee any of the information here, it is just based on my experience, and I am always willing to learn. Life after all is a learning experience. If you know of better or improved techniques please share them and I will update the site as neccessary. Enjoy and be happy. TGL 

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