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Paying for furniture

Hi,

Just moved to Switzerland and into an unfurnished apartment. To kit out the whole place is going to cost me an arm and a leg.

I was just wondering, do they have interest free credit out here? Also someone told me that you don't pay for furniture until it is delivered - is that correct?

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Re: Paying for furniture

Welcome! Credit bites. And bites again. For a few hundred Francs, however, you can kit out your whole apartment from second-hand shops, called "Brockenhäuser" in German and "Brocantes" in French.

Also: have a look at
www.tutti.ch
www.anibis.ch
www.ricardo.ch

Also have a look at this forum's marketplace, here:
Items for sale: https://www.englishforum.ch/items-sale/
Free stuff: https://www.englishforum.ch/free-stuff/

Here's a comparable thread (even though it's about someone in Zurich):
https://www.englishforum.ch/items-wa...e-140x200.html
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Re: Paying for furniture

When we rented our first place back in 2016 we didn't know how long we'd be staying. We bought a decent bed, some other bedroom things, plus a sofa and TV unit cum bookcase from IKEA. Other things like dining chairs were second hand from the local Brockenhäuser, you can pick up some very good quality pieces and I got some nice decorative things and balcony furniture cheap as well.

Once we knew we were staying (after 18 months) we found a newly built apartment in a nicer district and shipped some of our stuff from the UK as OH got a relocation package. I gave some of the second hand stuff away to neighbours in our former building as I didn't pay a lot for it.

My advice is to draw up a list of the basic things you need at first, then work out a budget figure and stick to it (I managed to come in under budget).

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Hi,

Just moved to Switzerland and into an unfurnished apartment. To kit out the whole place is going to cost me an arm and a leg.

I was just wondering, do they have interest free credit out here? Also someone told me that you don't pay for furniture until it is delivered - is that correct?

Many Thanks
Hi OP,

If you want to pay your furniture in (smaller) monthly instalments check out these sites for instance, but I think there are more

www.schubiger.ch/finanzierung/

https://www.kays.ch/wohnen/

https://www.ackermann.ch/

Look for "Ratenzahlung" or "Ratenkauf ohne Zusatzkosten" if you want more.
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Re: Paying for furniture

I agree with the advice of buying the basics from IKEA. If you keep it clean you will even be able to resell it as used if you upgrade your furniture later.

Personally, I avoid credit as much as possible, and always recommend to do that unless it's really needed.
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Re: Paying for furniture

Hi Everyone,

I've been without internet for a while, hence the delayed response

Just wanted to say thanks to everyone for taking the time to give advice and assistance. Sometimes it's a little daunting moving to a new country without any local knowledge so this forum has been a saviour to me

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Re: Paying for furniture

Hey London Kid

I take it you live in or near Visp and work for Lonza? If so, your best bet for secondhand everything is https://cloud.rro.ch/obei
It's in German only, but let me know what you need and I can help you out.

Unfortunately, tutti and anibis don't have a lot of stuff locally and you'd probably need to go across the Alps to pick stuff up.

There's a charity shop just before you get to Brig-Glis https://hiob.ch/en/thrift%2520shops/brig-glis/
They have lots of good quality crockery, pots and pans and stuff like that. They also have furniture, but not a huge range and it's mostly quite old-fashioned.
There's a much bigger charity shop in Brig https://tel.search.ch/glis/gliserallee-91/brockenstube who have a huge range of stuff, but it's not as cheap as privately sold stuff on o-bei (first link above).
There's also a local faceboook group for buying and selling, but I've seen some ads that seem questionable. I can find it and send you the link if you want.
And finally, if you haven't met many of the locals yet and you'd like to converse in sarf London to alleviate any homesickness, give me a shout. I'm ten minutes away.

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Re: Paying for furniture

Don't worry London Kid, once you've worked out the vagaries of living in Switzerland you'll be fine. If I could cope with suddenly having to move here in my mid 50s then anyone can. Just go with the flow and hopefully you'll have a happy experience, it's a nice country to live in
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Re: Paying for furniture

Tutti is also a great place to get used furniture cheap or free. That’s how we filled out our apartment. Rented a van through the app quick rent for a day here and there and picked up a bunch if furniture for not a lot of cash
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Welcome! Credit bites. And bites again. For a few hundred Francs, however, you can kit out your whole apartment from second-hand shops, called "Brockenhäuser" in German and "Brocantes" in French.

Also: have a look at
www.tutti.ch
www.anibis.ch
www.ricardo.ch

Also have a look at this forum's marketplace, here:
Items for sale: https://www.englishforum.ch/items-sale/
Free stuff: https://www.englishforum.ch/free-stuff/

Here's a comparable thread (even though it's about someone in Zurich):
https://www.englishforum.ch/items-wa...e-140x200.html
This is helpful, there is some second hand furniture I see and like. One of the issues I am having is transportation. I don't have a car not plan on buying one. It will be difficult to move all the furniture, I think I would need to rent a van. I will then also need some help moving it and right now I don't know anyone really in the country. Which ends up back to OP's question, when you first move here and don't know anyone and no car, it's difficult to buy furniture. IKEA can deliver and I might just end up buying mostly IKEA stuff. The only downside is, you have to pay a delivery fee per item.

I also looked at click and collect for smaller items. I figured, know all the items I want to buy from there in advance and book a car one day and get everything. But hard to see if I can move it myself and if it will fit in the car.
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Re: Paying for furniture

I you do not have your own means of transportation I think the only reasonable budget solution is Ikea. Quite large choice and they can deliver straight to your apartment (a huge plus if you don't have anyone to help).
Other budget vendor to consider: Conforama. Prices somewhat similar to Ikea but the items IMHO have cheaper look.
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I you do not have your own means of transportation I think the only reasonable budget solution is Ikea. Quite large choice and they can deliver straight to your apartment (a huge plus if you don't have anyone to help).
Other budget vendor to consider: Conforama. Prices somewhat similar to Ikea but the items IMHO have cheaper look.
Two things to keep in mind with Conforama -

1 - They're under a lot of financial pressure due to Covid and could still end up filing for bankruptcy.

2 - Often what you want is not in stock at a particular location. You order and pay in advance and then Conforama orders from its suppliers. You might have to wait several weeks to get your items.

When Mr Wishes first moved to CH, he was able to bring home a dining table the same day from Conforama, but the chairs came a few weeks later. He ended up borrowing two chairs from a colleague in order to get by.
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Re: Paying for furniture

I've only ever used Conforama for items like pans, some crockery and a cheap cyclonic vacuum cleaner that was on offer. We used to have a very nice Confodeco when we were first in Kleinbasel, but it closed and became a COOP Local. I've been in the big Conforama at Pratteln a couple of times but wasn't really impressed by the furniture quality tbh.
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Two things to keep in mind with Conforama -

1 - They're under a lot of financial pressure due to Covid and could still end up filing for bankruptcy.

2 - Often what you want is not in stock at a particular location. You order and pay in advance and then Conforama orders from its suppliers. You might have to wait several weeks to get your items.
Didn't know about 1 and experienced 2 this summer with our 8 garden chairs which were delivered in dribs and drabs.

I've had loads of stuff from Conforama because the Ikea look is a bit staid and monochrome for my taste, and it is just a matter of personal taste. We've bought stuff from all kinds of shops, but the wardrobes, tv unit, 2 sideboards, garden chairs, all our bedding, some pans, dining table and chairs all came from Conforama because they had the Desigual style colours I wanted.
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This is helpful, there is some second hand furniture I see and like. One of the issues I am having is transportation. I don't have a car not plan on buying one. It will be difficult to move all the furniture, I think I would need to rent a van. I will then also need some help moving it and right now I don't know anyone really in the country. Which ends up back to OP's question, when you first move here and don't know anyone and no car, it's difficult to buy furniture. IKEA can deliver and I might just end up buying mostly IKEA stuff. The only downside is, you have to pay a delivery fee per item.

I also looked at click and collect for smaller items. I figured, know all the items I want to buy from there in advance and book a car one day and get everything. But hard to see if I can move it myself and if it will fit in the car.
I've updated this post on the other thread: https://www.englishforum.ch/3203380-post2.html
to put in a working link to a shopping trolley. They are just great. Many types of items can be transported in this way, by public transport. Some people even move home like that. Of course, not for super-heavy furniture, or any that can't be dismantled. I've found other passengers remarkably helpful - just don't try this during rush-hour.
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I've updated this post on the other thread: https://www.englishforum.ch/3203380-post2.html
to put in a working link to a shopping trolley. They are just great. Many types of items can be transported in this way, by public transport. Some people even move home like that. Of course, not for super-heavy furniture, or any that can't be dismantled. I've found other passengers remarkably helpful - just don't try this during rush-hour.
Thanks for the great tip! I have hauled 20-25kg of stuff on my back many times during the last year. A trolley like this could have easened my troubles.
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Two things to keep in mind with Conforama -

1 - They're under a lot of financial pressure due to Covid and could still end up filing for bankruptcy.

2 - Often what you want is not in stock at a particular location. You order and pay in advance and then Conforama orders from its suppliers. You might have to wait several weeks to get your items.

When Mr Wishes first moved to CH, he was able to bring home a dining table the same day from Conforama, but the chairs came a few weeks later. He ended up borrowing two chairs from a colleague in order to get by.

This summer Conforama CH was purchased by Swiss investors and is now a standalone company. According to today's Handelszeitung (HZ), it now has nothing to do with its former parent company and even owns the Conforama name. Conforama CH has been profitable for years but previously had to send profits to the wobbly parent organization. Conforama CH may be a better company going forward. This is the HZ article (German):

https://www.handelszeitung.ch/untern...st-zum-angriff
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This is helpful, there is some second hand furniture I see and like. One of the issues I am having is transportation. I don't have a car not plan on buying one. It will be difficult to move all the furniture, I think I would need to rent a van. I will then also need some help moving it and right now I don't know anyone really in the country. Which ends up back to OP's question, when you first move here and don't know anyone and no car, it's difficult to buy furniture. IKEA can deliver and I might just end up buying mostly IKEA stuff. The only downside is, you have to pay a delivery fee per item.
Most decent furniture shops will deliver for free, and (maybe not so important in your case) take away the old stuff for free.

IKEA is the only store I know of who do not deliver for free. They also have a terrible attitude in the delivery department so don't expect the van to turn up at the time or even on the day that they promised, or to bring the item you actually ordered. The Schubiger van on the other hand arrived on the minute they indicated and they even did the assembly for me.
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I've only ever used Conforama for items like pans, some crockery and a cheap cyclonic vacuum cleaner that was on offer. We used to have a very nice Confodeco when we were first in Kleinbasel, but it closed and became a COOP Local. I've been in the big Conforama at Pratteln a couple of times but wasn't really impressed by the furniture quality tbh.
On the whole I find Conforama to be too tacky for my tastes. But the lighting department is typically well worth a visit. I've picked up quite a few items there over the years and used them both as is or as the basis for DIY projects.
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Most decent furniture shops will deliver for free, and (maybe not so important in your case) take away the old stuff for free.

IKEA is the only store I know of who do not deliver for free. They also have a terrible attitude in the delivery department so don't expect the van to turn up at the time or even on the day that they promised, or to bring the item you actually ordered.
Yup, got a fridge from them eons ago that I did not buy and that did not fit in my kitchen. It took them 2 months to deliver the correct one. Thankgod I was nursing and my kid needed nothing else, but I was a bit hungry.
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