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Buying a kitchen in Germany and importing

We are seriously considering buying a kitchen in Germany and asking the company to fit it here in Switzerland. Does anyone have any recent experiences please? What are the rules and regulations? Anyone recommend stores near the Swiss border where they have kitchens on show? I have looked at old posts and would appreciate updated news and experiences. Thanks
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Re: Buying a kitchen in Germany and importing

A German firm wouldn't come over the border to do the work.. but a friendly Swiss company would buy the stuff you want from the place you want, import it and then fit it.

Lots of places over the border, including the wonderfully named... http://www.dick-kuechen.de/kuechen-bad-saeckingen.html

But... be careful.. I've heard stories that 'German' kitchens are different from 'Swiss' kitchens.. i.e. they are different shapes and sizes

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Re: Buying a kitchen in Germany and importing

German kitchen cabinets and appliances are normally 60cm wide, with some exceptions. In Switzerland, the appliances may have different dimensions (e.g. 58 cm wide). But a good kitchen planner should be able to help you.

The biggest issue is not the purchase and import (you can do this yourself, just buy it, declare it at the border, play the VAT/Import taxes, then claim the German VAT back from the store), but rather the service. If you have a problem with one of the appliances, you may have some unpleasant discussions with the service technicians if/when there is a guarantee repair.

WRT Möbel Dick - my wife and I stopped there when we were looking for a kitchen for our new house. The sales people were very unfriendly and apparently didn't need our business. We waited almost 15 minutes until they "noticed" us, and when we mentioned we were looking for a kitchen for a new house, they told us they didn't have time for us and we'd have to come back another day. Needless to say, we went elsewhere and found a sales rep who was willing to talk with us when WE had time - and he has earned the commissions for a 15 TEUR kitchen ...
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We are seriously considering buying a kitchen in Germany and asking the company to fit it here in Switzerland. Does anyone have any recent experiences please? What are the rules and regulations? Anyone recommend stores near the Swiss border where they have kitchens on show? I have looked at old posts and would appreciate updated news and experiences. Thanks
Thanks very much for the info!
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A German firm wouldn't come over the border to do the work.. but a friendly Swiss company would buy the stuff you want from the place you want, import it and then fit it.

Lots of places over the border, including the wonderfully named... http://www.dick-kuechen.de/kuechen-bad-saeckingen.html

But... be careful.. I've heard stories that 'German' kitchens are different from 'Swiss' kitchens.. i.e. they are different shapes and sizes

Thak you very much for the info!
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Re: Buying a kitchen in Germany and importing

Thanks, Which stre did you go to?
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Re: Buying a kitchen in Germany and importing

Sorry but friends of ours bought a kitchen from Germany and German workers fitted it no problems . Cannot give you more details as am in uk at moment but the kitchen came from singen in Germany .
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Re: Buying a kitchen in Germany and importing

I bought a Kitchen from Mobel Braun in Singen approx 12 mths ago. I took the room measurements + diagram of plumbing etc. They drew up a kitchen on their CAD software, then came an rechecked all measurements, plumbing, power outlets etc. They arranged installation, but I had to arrange the plumber and electrician from Swiss based / registered tradesmen. The salesman spoke quite good English and I found them quite professional. However they were quite heavily booked up on Saturdays. Maybe you should consider visiting then making an appointment. Even then I found some of the previous appointments ran over time. Overall the service was competent and professional.
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Re: Buying a kitchen in Germany and importing

Try this:

http://www.schweigert.de/Abteilungen/Kuechen

Got a quote there for EUR16k all inclusive. Same kitchen in Switzerland was Fr33k.

Cabinets and appliances are Euro sizes, but in Switzerland, you can also ask for Euro sizes (to widen your choice in case you later want to replace your oven, for eg.).

Their service and repairmen do tours of the Zurich area on Mondays and Thurs, other places on other days in case you need servicing or repairs. (this was all 10 years ago, so things may have changed).

If going on Saturday, make an appointment.
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Re: Buying a kitchen in Germany and importing

I've just finished renovating a house in Basel which involved getting a new kitchen. I ended up using a place in Lörrach. They did everything ... Assisting with design, supplied, delivered and fitted the kitchen. Very positive experience and would do again.

Based on my experience I provided friends with a short list of kitchen places to look at. They ended choosing another company a short distance from Lörrach but again it was a full service provided by the German firm.
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Re: Buying a kitchen in Germany and importing

Thanks! Do you possibly still have the list which you could send me please?
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Re: Buying a kitchen in Germany and importing

I used this one http://www.hoellstin.com/
My contact was Guido Wagner who speaks English.

My friends used http://www.grimm-kuechen.com/ which is in Binzen near Lörrach.

There is another place in Rheinfelden (http://www.mmz-moebel.com/) which has a huge display however their customer service was not good ... I had to keep chasing them.

Hope this helps.

If you need more info or want to have a look at my kitchen drop me a PM.
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Re: Buying a kitchen in Germany and importing

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Did u order the kitchen from Germany? We are planing to buy a new kitchen but we want also to it move to the living room.... did u have good service from any of these companies and how much does cost of the plumber?

Thanks
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German kitchen cabinets and appliances are normally 60cm wide, with some exceptions. In Switzerland, the appliances may have different dimensions (e.g. 58 cm wide). But a good kitchen planner should be able to help you.
There's the Swiss norm with 55cm wide units and the Euro norm with 60cm width.

I would always go for a Euro norm kitchen if you have a choice, even if you buy your kitchen in Switzerland, simply because you'll have a much bigger choice of appliances.
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