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Re: What to bring to Zurich? Moving

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Can I clarify re plugs- adaptors are needed from Uk 3 pin to Swiss. There is no voltage difference? In the long term plugs have to be changed. Am I correct In my assumption. Moving to Switzerland next month!!


Voltage and Frequency are exactly the same as in the UK, so all you need is a plug adaptor. Bring a few UK Multi plug Extension Cords with you (say one for each room, plus one for the kitchen),either use an adaptor or cut the UK plug off those and fit a Swiss plug, then you can leave the original UK plugs on the stuff plugged into the other end.


Things like Laptop power bricks usually have a standardised jack on the AC side, places like Conrad, Jumbo, or Pusterla sell These cables with Swiss plugs, take your power brick with you to make sure it is the right cable. USB Charge adaptors, such as for an iWhatever or, phone or camera will work fine on an adaptor, but the adaptor is big, bulky and ugly. (I bet you are annoyed now that you threw out all the international bitties that came with your phone/IPad charger)


Generic USB chargers with Swiss plugs aren't all that expensive, just make sure that the ones you get have enough watt Rating to cover the device (some are only 500mA Output, this will charge a phone slowly, but not an iPad. 2000mA is what you want for an IPad, iirc)

The fact that you even ask about it makes me suspect that DIY and Electrical work probably isn't your Forte: Find someone who's capable if you want to Change plugs, Please don't mess with AC unless you know what you are doing.


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Would a month be enough to find an apartment where to live?
The answer to this question is that unless you have a very large budget, looking in Zurich, a month is likely not enough time. Although apartments can become available any month, with the standard moving periods,
you have just missed end of June which is a very popular moving time.

The competition for apartments in Zurich is fierce.

Many of my clients from the UK commented that their properties here were larger than what they had back home. But I have to say that most of my clients do not live in Zurich. Rarely will you find a washing machine in the kitchen. (though I have seen this occasionally). Often the problem is the furniture you bring will fit in, just not the way you want it to.

If you have pets, in my experience your search is going to be harder.

No matter what you bring or don't bring, somwhere down the road you are going to say that you wish you had not left something behind or you wish you had not brought something which is sitting in a cellar. So just accept the fact that you are not going to get this 100% right.
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Hello! We are very excited to move to Zurich (from London) and we are a bit "alarmed" about the prices of certain items.
Nearly everything is expensive here. However, values can be found. Its like knowing what days meats will be marked down at the grocer and knowing how stores/pricing are not really the same despite the fact they have a common name. A learning curve is needed.

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Not knowing yet what to expect and having been promised a relocation package (container and 1 month of housing whilst we look for a "home") we wonder if:
1 container...my advice: FILL IT!!! Not once have we regretted moving everything. In fact...we wish we would have spent the 7k it was going to be for us to import our VW camper.

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- Would it be worth it that we buy things we might need or want to replace so that we save money? (dinnerware, appliances (few small ones) clothes, toiletries -almost wholesale ) any other ideas of what we should store/buy in advance so we can send it in the container?
If you pack what you already have, keep in mind that an empty suitcase and an easyjet ticket will serve you well from time to time.

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- Any tips on what to take with us or not from any other experience person who moved from UK to Zurich?
We moved a bit further away than the UK...but I can only suggest...if you will here for a while...bring a sense of humor. It can be infuriating here at times. But again...it can also be quite lovely.

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- Would a month be enough to find an apartment where to live?
Depends on your budget. If at the high end...it wont be much of an issue. But if you are in the under 3k range...expect a battle or two.
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Can I clarify re plugs- adaptors are needed from Uk 3 pin to Swiss. There is no voltage difference? In the long term plugs have to be changed. Am I correct In my assumption. Moving to Switzerland next month!!
No voltage difference. My advice is to get some trailing 4 or 5 way UK adapters WHILE IN THE UK, fit just one swiss plug, and you can use all your lower power stuff without removing the UK plugs. You might only stay a year. It is surprising how many things have removable power cords today. I bag those by country, and take a few trailing power cords, and can switch effortlessly.

In terms of bringing stuff, unless this is financed by your employer, selling everything in the UK and buying here is not a bad way to go. At least start off from that mindset.
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Re: What to bring to Zurich? Moving

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Not necessarily - OP is coming from the UK, where tiny flats are all too common. Chances are you'll find a more spacious apartment here in CH than what you are leaving behind (except perhaps if OP has a lovely Victorian flat). Our current 3-bed apartment in CH is 25% bigger than what we had back in the UK (3-bed house)!

Yes apartments are typically a lot larger here in Zurich than apartments and houses the UK
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- Would a month be enough to find an apartment where to live?

Thank you a lot!
It's Switzerland, bring lots of cash! On a more serious note, I think one month is a bit short to find a decent apartment. Maybe it makes sense to start looking for an apartment even before you move. Eg: you can browse offers on homegate.ch and schedule some viewings early, or even fly here for a weekend or two to look at apartments.
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Bring Vonage Phone-This would save you a lotof Money on your Phone Bill when calling Friends and Family in the UK
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Bring Vonage Phone-This would save you a lotof Money on your Phone Bill when calling Friends and Family in the UK
Vonage seem extortionate compared to Voipcheap.co.uk. Voipcheap charge 2p per min to UK mobiles vs 8p with the 7 per month Vonage package. Voipcheap have no monthly charge either, no hardware required, just a smartphone app. Also works with any SIP phone.
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Re: What to bring to Zurich? Moving

Dear *English Forum family*,

I have been away from the forum...and organizing the move. No matter how well I tried, the house in London is a complete mess and have no idea how everything will be ready by the time the movers come on Saturday morning.

I have been wanting to come back and THANK YOU you all for all your help, comments, ideas, and tips.

I hope we have gathered all that we will need -for instance we aren't leaving the sofa behind so that we save money the first months if we don't need to buy a new one; we stock in plug adaptors, pantry food and pillow....and believe we have almost followed everyone's advise. So, thank you very muuuch!

I am on my way to post more questions -now regarding to organic hairdressers or gym facilities near our temporary apartment.

We have been granted a bit longer than a month in temporary accommodation, so we hope to find something in Adslwil or Zug....soon...

Thanks again! You guys rock!
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