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Considering a move to Basel

Hello everyone. I am an American woman in the interview process with a company in Basel. If I get the job and decide to take it, I would move with my husband and daughter. I am on this forum to learn more about Basel and Switzerland as well as ex-pat life. Thanks for allowing me to join!

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Hey there, Kirsten, welcome to the community
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Re: Considering a move to Basel

Welcome aboard!

Have you already visited the city to get an idea of what's it like ?
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Re: Considering a move to Basel

I will be visiting the city in October with my family. It is then that we will begin to get a feel for things, of course. And I still don't have an offer, so this is all somewhat hypothetical, at least for now!
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Re: Considering a move to Basel

Hi Kirsten,
Welcome. We moved to Basel 5 ish months ago for my husband's work. We have a small daughter. Feel free to PM me if you have any specific questions and I will answer them as best I can! I'm still finding my feet though. It is very different to the UK, which has thrown me at times.
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Re: Considering a move to Basel

Basel is very great place in Switzerland known for its rich culture. Very near to Germany so you have near vicinity go Euro airport too. Though tax is bit high compared to zurich, it cost of living is OK. Welcome for have best worklife balance.
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What does the husband do, BTW, when he's here?
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Hello everyone. I am an American woman in the interview process with a company in Basel. If I get the job and decide to take it, I would move with my husband and daughter. I am on this forum to learn more about Basel and Switzerland as well as ex-pat life. Thanks for allowing me to join!

Kirsten

Hello Kirsten,
Best of luck with the job offer! Lots of potential topics to explore -- schools for children, housing, learning a whole new routine of how to do things, and last but not least finances and budgeting compared to the US. We went through the re-location process, and the company helped a lot thankfully. We also got Lucky in finding housing. Be prepared for some sticker shock and small places...our furniture didnt fit in most places.
There will be quite some work/tasks involved, but the experience is great.
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Re: Considering a move to Basel

Thanks, everyone, for your kind welcome. Husband does not work (long story). I've already had the sticker shock experience just looking at rental housing online. It seems like this will be a very different but rewarding experience if we can make it happen!
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Re: Considering a move to Basel

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Husband does not work (long story).
OK.
Expectation-management is the most important thing here ;-)
There's a little cottage-industry of consultants, psychologists, coaches and general hand-holders to cater to all the problems arising from situations like yours.

The housing thing...
Space is limited in the cities, for everything (housing, parking, shopping).
So everything is small and cramped, depending on where you come from.
And most likely more expensive. Rent, rather than tax is most often the largest item on your budget.
It's a small country, after all.

The farer outside of the city, and the less covered by public transportation a village is, the less you pay (generally).
Low-tax cities and villages also have higher rents, usually.

You can do the cost-of-living math here:
http://www.budgetberatung.ch/Online-...ngen.20.0.html

If you get the job, you should strive to keep your commute below the 40 minute mark.
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Hello everyone. I am an American woman in the interview process with a company in Basel. If I get the job and decide to take it, I would move with my husband and daughter. I am on this forum to learn more about Basel and Switzerland as well as ex-pat life. Thanks for allowing me to join!

Kirsten

Hi Kristen,

I'm an American currently working in Basel. My wife and I had a 10 month old daughter. We love it out here. Feel free to send me a private message if you have any questions.

Cheers,
Mike
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Hi Kristin,

That is very exciting! I'm an American who moved to Basel about two months ago as a trailing partner but have now sorted myself out with a job. Be prepared for an arduous permit "battle" to get your family's permits sorted BUT(!) don't get discouraged! It will be worth it!

Also, when you are going through your salary negotiations, consider asking for tax/accounting service for the following year or two. As an American, there are so many rules and regulations you will need to be aware of it will make your head spin!

Best of luck!

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Certainly there are a lot of rules to get to know, and a Tax Preparer/Advisor is well worth it. Having said that these company paid services are taxable to you, as are language courses and the rest. Not saying you shouldn't take advantage of these services, just that they are NOT free, and places like EandY, other big name firms charge an arm and a leg for something you could get from a local CPA in your neighborhood for 1/10 of the price -- literally. Buyer beware...
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Re: Considering a move to Basel

Ive been here 10 years now, both my husband and I work and we have a one year old child.
If you have any questions, dont hesitate


Yes, the housing and parking can be expensive and hard to find (strong competition) but maybe (if you get the job) your company would be able to assist you with that. Although expensive, keep in mind that the wage is quite good too usually.


The shopping can be a little shocking (again expensive) but once you get the hang of hopping over to Germany for the weekly shop your bill should half


Basel is very nice city & people benefit from being right beside France & Germany. The health care in Switzerland is really wonderful & if you go to France for dental it is really affordable.


Best of luck with the next stage of interviews!
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