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Old 06.08.2012, 09:27
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Re: cost of living

Do you realize the size of apartment/house you'll be renting will cost you around SFr. 3,000+ monthly? If you find one that is.

However, your husband has a very generous salary and I seriously don't think you'll need to pinch pennies to live here.

Good luck with the move.

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Old 06.08.2012, 09:38
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Re: cost of living

OK, my turn. (170K? I never knew such poverty existed )

1 where and how much can we get a 4 bedroom house. i dont understand the 4.5 rooms bit.

Finding a house in a decent area can be quite difficult, so expect to have to be flexible over location. Basel (and surroundings) public transport is excellent, however, so you do have a wide area to choose from. A 5.5 room house might be 4 bedrooms - it might be 3 + 2 reception rooms, for example.

2 if I bring my uk tv and skybox, will it work and do i need the satellite dish too, or do i plug in the aerial into the box?

You need the satellite dish. If you live in some areas of Basel, the local cabel provider gives access to BBC1-4, ITV1-4, C4, E4, More4, Film4, Channel 5... and a few others, for around 100CHF a year. (You also have to pay Billag (tv license) regardless of whether you have satellite or cable or whatever).

3 are the telephone plug sockets the same, so in other words are uk phones going to work.

You can get adaptors. Also, some houses are wired for the standard RJ-11(?). I know mine is. I'm fairly sure that UK phones work in CH, I vaguely remember we didn't have to buy new ones when we came over. But I could be wrong. Also, even if they do work, they may not be legal for CH.

4 is the broadband wireless or plugged in via ethernet. if wireless should i bring sky or virgin router as i have both also have an old wireless router.A router is a router. A sky or virgin router might be locked down and not used as a general purpose router. You plug the router into the phone system (if it's ADSL which most are).

5 what is the equivalent of UK AA or greenflag car breakdown service
.TCS is the main one. There are others offered by other insurance companies. Mine is through Axa Winterthur and is general travel insurance.

6 as the red meat is half kg import p/p p/d what if the whole family goes shopping including children, or is it only for over 18's.

0.5kg per person. So if there's six of you, that's a 3kg joint of lamb. Shopping in Germany (and France) is perfectly normal, and nothing to be ashamed of.

7 how much are 2 pin uk to european sockets?

Thruppence h'appeny. Oh come on - if you're on 170K, why on earth do you need to know how much an adaptor will cost!
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Re: cost of living

Re Sky you will need a dish with twin LNB.
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Sha, as you are so concerned about customs and food prices, have you considered just moving across the border instead? Housing is cheaper and no issues with shopping in France or Germany.
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Re Sky you will need a dish with twin LNB.
Eh? No they won't. Not unless they're wanting the Sky+ record-something-while-watching-something-else functionality.
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If I recall, satellite TV, require satellite dishes and not aerials, in any country, including CH; and the satellites are far enough away that I think the same ones can be used from UK and CH. Cable's good.
Nothing to do with distance (they are all the same distance from the earth), it is a question of what they are pointing at. From Basel you will need a 80cm dish. From mid 2013 there is no telling if reception is even going to be possible - the current fleet of satellites are being replaced and it is by no means certain they will continue to be receivable here in the future

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so my question on the satellite dish wasn't as dumb as was thought. In UK we normally take our own set top box and assuming the new house has a dish we just plug in and we're done....
Actually it was. Even in the UK satellite penetration is 39% meaning over half of all houses don't have a dish.
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Q.6 we have specific dietary requirements that are not accesible in CH.

You mean "real" halal? Slaughtering without stupefaction is neither in Switzerland nor in Germany allowed! Sadly it is in France. Maybe you should go there...
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and who doesn't want that?
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The reason he should buy in Switzerland is to allow other people, shop assistants, builders etc to receive a salary they can live on, in order for the OP to receive his far larger salary.
i think hobs meant enough dryfood/cans for a couple of weeks to find our way around not a years supply!!
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7 how much are 2 pin uk to european sockets?

Thruppence h'appeny. Oh come on - if you're on 170K, why on earth do you need to know how much an adaptor will cost!
i heard they are 10-15 chf and if we need 15-20 why would i be willing to pay £150-200 chf when i can get them for £15.00 here in UK. but thanks for the rest of your reply, was very helpful.
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Re: cost of living

4. If you have a wireless Router - I would suggest you bring it, they are expensive to buy in Switzerland, unlike the UK are not given free with a package. But have no idea how the cable companies work in Switzerland

7. suggest you search in UK for UK to Swiss converter plugs, when we looked in Switzerland could only find Swiss to UK converter plugs, but maybe easier to find in the bigger Cities in Switzerland
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Re: cost of living

UK-Swiss adaptors cost around CHF 7 in MediaMarkt. As has been advised, for things like TV, Sky/Cable, Console, Hifi, bring a UK 4 (or more) bar and buy a single adaptor to plug it into.

O/T I despair of this forum sometimes! Why should someone have to pay more than necessary for an item, just because they earn more than average?

By the logic of some people here, we should all pay a different amount for a pint, because we all earn different amounts.
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Re: cost of living

Re : Twin LNB : also needed for HD Sky , but single LNB does get you bog standard Sky if you do not have a Sky + box etc

Re: Supporting local prices : I struggle with some people here and their logic : I cannot remember some in UK last telling me they like to shop in Tesco because it helps Tesco keep 300000 people in UK employed !

I buy food here but why pay more than I have to . I feel that both Coop and Migros have really wasteful supply chains : and never reduce their prices beyond 50% on out of date material ; ie they prefer to scrap this produce and keep prices high rather than improve their processes and avoid this terrible waste. It is interesting that both company's have sharpened their prices , and seen reducing profits since Aldi and Lidl came into town : seems that competition is a consumer's friend

My last attempted CH substantial purchase was a TV and the service I got when I asked should I buy this one or this one ie asking for advice of LCD v Plasma : My great service technician shrugged his shoulders and could not be bothered and explained that it was my choice ! So yes it was and I went and bought one elsewhere

I cannot see why I would pay to keep people in a job if they do not seem very interested in it ,

and competition( eg cross border legitimate shopping) also keeps these local ( protected by importation rules) companies on their toes
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Re : Twin LNB : also needed for HD Sky , but single LNB does get you bog standard Sky if you do not have a Sky + box etc

Re: Supporting local prices : I struggle with some people here and their logic : I cannot remember some in UK last telling me they like to shop in Tesco because it helps Tesco keep 300000 people in UK employed !

I buy food here but why pay more than I have to . I feel that both Coop and Migros have really wasteful supply chains : and never reduce their prices beyond 50% on out of date material ; ie they prefer to scrap this produce and keep prices high rather than improve their processes and avoid this terrible waste. It is interesting that both company's have sharpened their prices , and seen reducing profits since Aldi and Lidl came into town : seems that competition is a consumer's friend

My last attempted CH substantial purchase was a TV and the service I got when I asked should I buy this one or this one ie asking for advice of LCD v Plasma : My great service technician shrugged his shoulders and could not be bothered and explained that it was my choice ! So yes it was and I went and bought one elsewhere

I cannot see why I would pay to keep people in a job if they do not seem very interested in it ,

and competition( eg cross border legitimate shopping) also keeps these local ( protected by importation rules) companies on their toes
Top posting I am all for shopping in the cross border locations they actually pay more attention to their customers no need to support the local rip off merchants called COOP and Migros!
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Re: cost of living

now a days Some of the Internet providers are giving modems with wireless,phone,tv options, so depending upon choosing plan you need to buy wireless router, better to bring cordless phone if you want land phone in swiss, cordless is very costly here..
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and who doesn't want that?
Fair point, but not everyone has a Sky subscription, and without a valid card and registration the Sky+ box will only give you the same functionality as a basic single-LNB Sky box anyway.
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Re: cost of living

just on the swiss to UK electrical adapters
Go onto e-bay and search on swiss adapter, you will find a couple of companies sending from China for around £1 each including postage
I ordered 20 of these and they took about 3 weeks to arrive - perfect, but get them sent to UK not Switzerland as you may get landed with an inspection and tax liability bill
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