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30 Apr 2013
Real Estate / Manor House and building plots for sale - how to go about selling my Poland's property? [15]

After a long period of research, and a number of visits to different regions to look at property, I found the house of my dreams and moved from the UK to Poland three years ago. My growing business links in the UK now demand most of my time and I am spending less and less time in Poland. So, I have decided to put my property up for sale.

My property is a fine Manor House (Dworek Szlachecki) located in the Lubomierz district, Lower Silesia, Poland - an area prized and internationally renowned for its outstanding environment, scenery and architecture. Enjoying the best climate in Poland and long summers with temperatures often exceeding 30C, the area offers wonderful opportunities for recreation or sport. All usual amenities and facilities are available locally; including excellent shops, bank, post office, chemists, schools, health spa, public transport, and also a new state-of-the-art medical centre. Superstore shopping, including Tesco and Castorama, is available in Jelenia Gora, 15 minutes drive away.

The Manor House has beautifully proportioned rooms which add up to a total floor area of approximately 418 sq m / 4,499 sq ft, plus four garages approximately 74 sq m / 797 sq ft.

I am offering everything for sale as a whole or in 4 lots. The total site area is 8.94 acres - with the benefit of 6.06 acres zoned as building land, giving the opportunity to build up to 6 additional houses. The additional 2.88 acres, zoned as green belt recreational land, lies to the south of the house.

The lots comprise - (i) The Manor House and gardens with woodland and two ponds, total 3.85 acres; (ii) former orchard garden zoned for building 1 house, total 1.03 acres; (iii) adjacent land zoned for building up to 2 houses, total 1.68 acres; (iv) adjacent land zoned for building up to 3 houses, total 2.38 acres.

All the lots are south facing with excellent private access from a quiet, tree-lined public road. There is 2 and 3 phase electricity available on all lots, with telephone and mains water at the adjacent roadside.

If anyone can advise me of what is the best way to go about selling my property, I would be very grateful. I can send site plans, photographs, and comprehensive information to anyone interested.
1 May 2013
Work / Is it possible to live on 2200zł a month in Poland (teaching position) [13]

It all depends on how extravagant your lifestyle is. I have lived in Poland for three years and (based on my own costs) reckon you should allow as follows:

. internet/telephone (land line) 120 zł/month
. basic food 500 zł/month
. electricity (includes hot water) 150 zł/month

You say you won't be paying rent... but what about council tax, property insurance etc? Heating cost during the winter months could add another 300 zł/month, or so, for an average flat... and depends on how cold/long the winter is.

Public transport by bus is very reliable and cheap. Local journeys are just a few złoty each way.

So, yes, on 2200 zł per month (without rent/mortgage) you could live basically, but reasonably well. But, if you drink, smoke, go clubbing in tourist joints, eat out in tourist joints, want to have a car, entertain, buy fancy clothes, use your mobile phone a lot (or for internet access), etc etc you will definitely need an evening job also!
3 May 2013
Life / Biomass boilers/heaters in Poland [12]

The type of heating system you instal depends entirely on the type/size of property you have; taking into account what storage facilities you have for fuel, as well as local availability.

After a long process of evaluating all types of boiler systems available - including heat pump, gas, oil, coal, wood, biomass etc - a couple of years ago I installed a brand new system in a large county manor (15 rooms). Each system has pros and cons - for instance, convenience versus fuel costs, and so on. As it was a big project to run new pipework and fit new radiators throughout the whole house, as well as a new boiler, hot water storage tank and controls, installation costs were a big factor in the decision making. Also, I wanted the lowest long-term running and maintenance costs. It was also important that the heating system could function during power cuts.

I have pretty well unlimited space for storing fuel under cover outside, and have two large fuel stores in the basement next to the boiler room. There are abundant supplies of wood available locally as well as suppliers who can bulk deliver pre-packed wood briquets, as well as Rekord coal briquets. I did not want to tie myself down to being able to use only one kind of fuel, hence decided on a boiler that burns all solid fuels - as opposed to boilers which burn only one fuel, be it biomass pellets, oil, gas, or whatever. Choosing a boiler that burns only one type of fuel places you at the mercy of the fuel supplier.

Choice of boiler is critical. The vast majority of boilers sold now are fabricated from welded sheet steel. The steel is usually of fairly low carbon content and of limited life-span. The best choice for long life is always a cast ion boiler. I decided on a Viadrus 45 kw - superb quality, and very compact considering the high heat output. In fact, the massive size of many boilers - especially the biomass burners - ruled them out, as the boiler had to be got into the basement through a window! In fact, a very important point of boiler choice is whether you can get it into you boiler room! Don't even consider trying to get a 3/4 ton big boiler down/up a flight of stairs!!!!

Storing fuel near your boiler is very important. You need lots of space, and good access for several tons of fuel. You don't want to be carrying sacks or buckets of stuff from somewhere outside through the snow all winter!

Biomass boilers can be a good solution if money is no object. They can certainly be convenient - but you still need to fill the hopper now and again, and you still need to empty the ash. However, be aware that you will be at the mercy of suppliers of only one kind of fuel - and their rising costs. You won't be able to burn logs or anything else. You may have to replace the boiler earlier than you had hoped for. Maintenance costs could be high - motor, gears etc. And, if there is a power cut, you will have no heating.

I run my system all winter at 70 to 80C, big house - 15 rooms - 8 tons of fuel this past year. All very toasty!

One final tip... buy your winter's fuel between May and July, when costs are lowest. As said, you will need somewhere to store it.

By the way, as an ex-engineer in the power industry, I can offer my two cents worth with perhaps a little authority.
4 May 2013
Life / Biomass boilers/heaters in Poland [12]

The manor and plot looks well done. I did not read the website in full is it a new build or reno?

I appreciate the compliment. It was a restoration project. 20" thick granite and brick walls and 12" thick concrete floors... so the ripping out of old CH system pipework and installation of new was not for the feint hearted!