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Old 14.11.2016, 20:59
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Re: Apartment size

Having lived in both Shanghai and the US, albeit both a long time ago:

The difference in accomodation - size, quality, and privacy - came as quite a shock to us. All these years on I still struggle with living in a shoebox for which I pay significantly more and get significantly less.

Some people adjust easily. For many in Switzerland housing is less important, it's just a place to sleep between exciting adventures. If you are not of that mindset, though, do be honest with yourself as to how much your accomodation means to you and your family.

Are you coming here on an expat package of some sort? If so, try to negotiate an 'equal accomodation' allowance where your company picks up the difference between Swiss housing prices for the kind of housing you now have and what you are currently paying. Caveat: These deals are not common anymore, gilded packages became quite scarce with the coming of the financial crisis and the FMOP. However, if you have the upper negotiating hand you can try...

A downside to these deals is that they are usually time limited. And it is not unknown that a 'max two year' assignment turns into 5, 10, 20 years. When the sweet deal expires you then have to move, or pick up the costs yourself. And go through the space adjustment you had initially put off.

If there is little chance of negotiating the housing allowance... accept that for the same price you paying now it's possible that your accomodation standard will drop. Plan for that, set your expectations (and your family's expectations) accordingly. Then if you end up one of the lucky few and find something similar to what you have had in the past - well then count your blessings and enjoy.

Good luck with your move...
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