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Bonjour!

Hi everyone,
I am new to this forum. I would like to introduce myself; i am a wife whose husband is going to work at Nestlé PTC in Orbe, Vaud. We have a girl aged 8 and a boy aged 5.
I would welcome any advice at all with regards to moving & living in Switzerland- we are expected to move May/June 2015.
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Re: Bonjour!

Welcome to the forum Mrs.F. There's lot of useful info in the sticky threads in each section of the forum so have a read through those.

I also suggest you get hold of a copy of "Living and Working in Switzerland" by David Hampshire. It's full of useful info for both before and after you make the move. You can order it from your local bookshop or via the Internet.
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Thank you for your reply.
It is exciting times for our family. I am nervous as to making sure it all goes smoothly; the company are going to cover all relocation costs & healthcare, I am getting a bit confused with rental properties- they advertise by rooms not by bedrooms but I'm sure I will be able to comprehend 😃

I have just ordered the book by David Hampshire-thanks for the advice!

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Re: Bonjour!

No, what they don't usually include is the kitchen/bathrooms/caves/storage, etc. Living, dining and bedrooms are counted. So a 4 room place would be a living room, separate dining room and two bedrooms. 4.5 usually means a combined living/dining area and 3 bedrooms - the half is the extra dining space.

So with 2 kids you need to be looking for a 4.5 or 5 room place at least.

Also use this to make sure you don't move in on a holiday date.

http://www.feiertagskalender.ch/inde...=en&hidepast=1

The Swiss take their holidays very seriously - think UK about 50 years ago. No noise or working on Sundays or holidays so moving men banging about WILL NOT be appreciated. As you can see there are a lot of dates in May so be careful when arranging for your move.

Do you have a relocation person provided by the new company to help you? If so, try and get them to make sure the new place has lightbulbs fitted before you move in. The Swiss tend to take their light fittings with them when they move so you could find yourself with nothing more than bare wires where lights should be! Might be okay if you arrive mid-day, but if you don't get there until late in the evening, you'll need torches.
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Re: Bonjour!

Wow!! I hadn't even considered light bulbs! Or holiday dates. Thank you! At the moment, all we have is a lead person in HR, moving companies etc to be confirmed once contracts are signed.
I wonder, do you know what the extra charges usually cover when quoted alongside the rental charges?
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Re: Bonjour!

When looking for a flat try to avoid the ones where you cannot have your own washing machine. Having to share a machine in the basement with other residents can be quite a hassle, what with the carting washing up and down, as well as having to be restricted to certain times you can wash clothes etc.
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I think the extra charges are to cover the utilities. When living in an apartment block the costs are split between all the residences and then if there's any more that has to be paid at the end of the year that's split between them as well.

Yes, Nixi's right. Do try and find a place with its own washer/dryer if you can. Most older places have a basement laundry room which is shared between tenants and you get a day and time to do your laundry. That may not work well with two kids for you. Of course if you can find a house to rent then that problem disappears.

Normally the holidays aren't that much of a problem, but May can get quite busy because there are a lot of religious ones then which move about due to when Easter falls. So I thought I'd better warn you if May was in the moving mix. The Swiss have a lot more religious holidays than in the UK AND they vary between the cantons and sometimes even the communes (towns/villlages). Gets confusing sometimes, especially if you work in a different canton to where you live. I nearly made the mistake of mowing my lawn on a public holiday here in Fribourg because the OH had gone off to work in Vaud where it wasn't so was just a "normal" day for me.

These are just some of the little Swiss foibles you'll have to get used to.
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Re: Bonjour!

Our additional costs include heating, water, snow removal around the building, electricity in the stairwell, elevator maintenance and such. Parking is a separate fee. When you're looking at flats, do ask for a breakdown of the extra costs so you know what to expect.
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Re: Bonjour!

Thank you for such good advice.
Did anyone have to have a French tutor? Orbe is all French, no English speaking.
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Re: Bonjour!

Welcome!
Good luck with your transition. We've been here about a month and I need to get going on the language classes. My French is very rusty, and maybe because I live in an area of Vaud that has a lot of English speakers, I find I get lazy with speaking French.
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Della, which area of Vaud are you? I Thought Vaud was all mainly french, so that is comforting.
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Re: Bonjour!

Welcom Mrs F

French Tutor - yes, if you want to put your children in local schools. No, if they will study in an IB school.

Housing, settling in, etc is well taken care for by Nestlé HR, i think.

Have you been in touch with them?
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Re: Bonjour!

Sva, yes we had meeting with HR at PTC on Thursday, they are extremely helpful, they have sent websites to look at for houses/cars etc. just waiting now to hear back from them. The children will be in local state schools, we are making a permanent move to Switzerland, so feel it is important that they integrate & have friends they live near.
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Della, which area of Vaud are you? I Thought Vaud was all mainly french, so that is comforting.
I live in roughly between Morges and Rolle up in the vineyards. It is certainly French speaking but also seems quite international. I'm told by my neighbor that Féchy and Bougy Villars and the vicinity is know as an x-pat area. (I cannot confirm, but it does appear to be very international in my immediate neighborhood.) This was unknown to us when we selected our house, but it has probably reduced my urgency in improving my French. I do intend to get going. And of course you'll want lessons and I'm sure Nestlé will at least get you started as you're ready. There is a lot to do upon arrival between registrations and just physically getting settled.
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Re: Bonjour!

Thanks, we are still looking at properties to rent at present. I may pick up some 'learn french cds' in the meantime.
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