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Slovenian Property Renovation with Think Slovenia

In the last 5 years we have assisted over 25 foreign purchasers of property in Slovenia with Slovenian property renovation and repairs. In total have worked on circa 10 projects requiring Slovenian building permission applications and in a number of cases assisted clients building property from scratch.

 

Whilst we have a good deal of experience in Slovenian property renovation projects, which is invaluable, the expertise we offer clients is not technical, but first and foremost as facilitators and secondly as a presence in Slovenia when you are not there.

 

Key features of our Slovenia Property Renovation Assistance

A network of tried and tested partners to assist with your Slovenian property renovation anywhere in Slovenia - from structural surveyors to architects, general builders to heating engineers, chimney cleaners to satellite TV specialists

Total flexibility in what you need from us – anything from fixing appointments with individual contractors through to assistance project managing major build and renovation projects

A solid understanding of working practices in Slovenia and, as a result, where misunderstandings most commonly arise between Slovenians and non-Slovenians in property renovations

 

This means typically our work for clients involves helping you to find the right partners and understand processes in Slovenia, helping you to bring various parties together and assisting you overcome cultural and linguistic barriers, ensuring clarity of communication between parties and helping to make sure that the project runs smoothly from an administrative perspective, translating correspondence and quotes and visiting sites to inspect progress on works. Our services do not replace the need for technical expertise and especially on larger projects we strongly suggest that clients also engage the proper technical expertise in the form of structural engineers, architects etc who we can help you to identify and manage.

 

As in all parts of the world property renovation is a challenging business. We aim to make it far easier than it otherwise would be for you, and make things run as smoothly and quickly as possible, however with any renovation project there can and will be delays and other unexpected frustrations, so we recommend that clients always retain a reserve in their budget / timing plans in case of delays or unexpected issues!

Please contact us for more information on how we can help with your Slovenian property renovation

 

Think Slovenia Property Renovation Case Studies

 

Šmartno ob Dreti, Mozirje 

At this attractive country house in the Savinjske region we helped the owners appoint and manage a local architect assisting them understand the process of obtaining permission and the various reports and paperwork that was required through the process. Given the scale of the works we recommended working with a quantity surveyor who we had previously worked with to help specify the works and undertake the technical side of project management. Our involvement continued up to hammering out an agreement witht he surveyor and to facilitate clear communication between parties during the course of the works. The owners now have the house of their dreams with a stunning double height living space and rustic charm of the house well and well truly maintained.

 

After Dan and Pia ('Think Slovenia') found our house in Slovenia for us to buy in 2007 there was no question of who to ask help with arranging the renovations in  2012.
They were extremely prompt and helpful in finding a local architect and was with us every step of the way from the initial meeting through to arranging a quantity surveyor and then through to the final result. 
Dan and Pia offer a personal and affordable service which with out them our renovation would not have been possible.We can throughly recommend 'Think Slovenia' who we know we can call on at any time to help with any aspect of our home in Slovenia.
Sam R (UK)

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Drasici, Metlika

The owners of this characteristic country house in the heart of a wonderful wine growing village close to Metlika in the Bela Krajina region of Slovenia approached Think Slovenia in 2009 after struggling to make progress on the renovation of the house using locally sourced contacts. The owners wanted to convert the loft and the basement of this listed building into useable living space to create a comfortable 3 bedroom home. At the time of writing Think Slovenia had assisted the owners in agreeing land borders with neighbours, sourcing, contracting with and managing some excellent local architects who are preparing the building permission application.

 

"We bought a beautiful old house in the Bela Krajina region of Slovenia. We then spent three years trying to obtain plans and organise permission for the conversion and renovation of this property into a family home and achieved nothing but frustration and disappointment.  Pia and Dan came on board six months ago and already we have architects we are happy to work with,  border problems have been solved and the plans and permissions are now awaiting confirmation.  We can honestly say that before Think Slovenia were involved we were considering giving up on our family dream of a new life.  Pia's diplomacy combined with Dan's common sense and clear approach mean that our dream feels achievable in the very near future. " Noel and Gilly (Scotland), November 2009.

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Jiran Ltd

In 2006 Think Slovenia began assisting a Slovenian firm owned by four British families to build a portfolio of three tourist rental properties in Slovenia's Julian Alps. After assisting with the initial acquisition of the sites, Think Slovenia went on to assist in the complete renovation of one of the houses in Bohinj - sourcing architects, managing the tender process for builders and then project managing the works to completion on time and to budget. Works included installation of central heating, new wiring and plumbing, new staircase, floors & external landscaping. In addition Think Slovenia assisted in fully furnishing & equipping the other two buildings in Kranjska Gora which each have four apartments.

 

"Jiran is a Slovenian Company owned by a group of English people that has developed a portfolio of luxury apartments for the discerning traveller in Slovenia. These developments could not have happened without the incredible help received from Dan, Pia and team at Think Slovenia. From organising the initial land/building purchase, to assisting through the development of the appts, to furnishing them to a high standard and managing the rentals, Think Slovenia have done an amazingly good job. When small maintenance work on a property is needed, when a guest has a problem, when we need to obtain all the right permits Think Slovenia are there to sort out all the issues. We could never have achieved what we have done without Think Slovenia". Alan Halsall, Jiran Ltd.

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Polsnik near Litija

Having purchased a lovely country house in Polsnik with the assistance of Think Slovenia in 2008, the Australian owners needed help to manage the renovation before coming to settle in Slovenia in 2009. Think Slovenia managed the tender process with four sets of builders and went on to project manage the works with the selected contractors, which included renovation of the roof, installation of central heating, re-laying terraces, installation of 2 bathrooms, kitchen and general redecoration. The owners are currently living in Slovenia full time.

 

"You can not begin to know how much we appreciate all of the help that Think Slovenia have provided us with the house to date. I dare say we would have not gone through with the project had you not been there. Its stressful enough as it is moving to a new country, though i know that we will settle-in in no time". Mark B, Polsnik.

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Smartno, Goriska Brda

The owners of this charming cottage in the Goriska Brda wine growing region purchased it in 2007 with the help of Think Slovenia. We subsequently assisted the in obtaining architectural drawings and put the project out to tender to four builders. The owners wanted to be heavily involved in the project management but could not do so due to work committments in the UK so asked Think Slovenia to assist. The project was finished on time and to budget and works included construction of chimney, installation of woodburner, renovation of bathroom, installation of kitchen, new windows & general redecoration.

 

Think Slovenia have project managed the renovation of an old cottage for us.  The works have ranged from knocking down walls (involving a structural engineer) through to painting and decorating. Dan and Pia have been a fantastic help, reassurance and source of knowledge throughout.  They have interviewed builders with us to help with the language and given guidance on characters, translated and negotiated quotes, organised keys and trips to buy required items as well as giving us regular and informative updates on what is going on.  We never would have been able to do the works without them and certainly would have paid a lot more, and wasted significant amounts of time, had we tried.  Above all though, they have given us invaluable piece of mind throughout to the point that we only felt the need to visit the works twice during the building process and could easily have not got out at all.  The renovations have far exceeded our expectations and we are totally delighted.  Dan & Pia have worked incredibly hard, given us great value for money and made a scary and inaccessible process both easy and fun.  Of course, as with any building project there were difficult conversations to have and decisions to make, but all the hard work was done for us by having Dan and Pia on board and helping us through it.  I am not even sure how we would have gone about these had we been negotiating on our own.  I would recommend them to anyone considering tackling a renovation without local knowledge of the language, the laws or the people". Anna E, London UK

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Bohinj Polje, Bohinj

Having purchased a delighful cottage just minutes from Lake Bohinj through Think Slovenia the owners approached Think Slovenia to assist in the management of works using a local building company which the owners had sourced locally themselves. The project involved installation of new bathroom, construction of a new entrance room and loft level sleeping area, installation of new windows and doors, replastering & general redecoration.

 

"Think Slovenia have looked after us every step of the way through our property purchase. They assisted us with all legal and monetary aspects together with helping us to source architects and builders to begin the renovation. They then liaised with our local builder to make sure we were all able to communicate properly throughout the project. Two years after buying our property, we have had it renovated and it is being rented out for winter and summer holidays. Think Slovenia are now our acting agent in Slovenia and we could not trust anyone further to look after the running of our Chalet.Without all their help, we simply would not be the proud owners of Chalet Planina. We highly recommend their services to anyone thinking or purchasing a property in Slovenia." Adam and Sarah D, London, UK

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