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How far your actual home fits your wishes/original requirements

I recently moved to my permanent apartment in Zurich. I had a clear list of requirements and my budget was more or less flexible, as I didn't wanted to compromise a lot of where I was ending up to, and I didn't wanted to be moving around in 6 months time.

Now, 90% of my requirements are match to the best of my wish, but I miss an all important sunny balcony and obviously ended on top-top of the 'flexible budget'. I have access a beautiful very small garden downstairs, which is not ideal to go down 3 floors with the cup of coffee, the newspaper and still sleepy face, just to realize that you forgot the toast.

I didn't spend a huge amount of time looking for, and out of the bounch of apartments I visited, I decided very quickly based on the only app that I truly liked. I thought at the time, I would be dreaming if I was hoping to find a 120% matching rental place.

Shouldn't I have decided on the spot, I may have lost this place, had to move to another temporary place, keep on searching, finding time to visit, at the same time that I try to cope with a new job/company/country/etc.

Now, I don't want to enter into discussion whether you will live or not without a terrace, nor I want to start the whole process again of searching, finding, moving -> complaining .

But my question to the forum is how far your actual home fits your requirements or how far you had to compromise with your actual home. .

Above my experience, would love to hear about yours.
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Old 14.11.2010, 18:24
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I also don't have a terrace, but I didn't think of that when I got the flat so I don't think it was a compromise. I'm fine
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Old 14.11.2010, 18:28
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Re: How far your actual home fits your wishes/original requirements

I wanted a conservatory, an indoor pool, a games room, an astronomical observatory and dancing girls.

Unfortunately, I was unable to get any of those for less than 2000 CHF a month, so I made do with a little balcony with a dead plant on it.

But I'm not proud.
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Old 14.11.2010, 18:36
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I wanted a conservatory, an indoor pool, a games room, an astronomical observatory and dancing girls.
My list was much modest that all that...
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I wanted a flat in city-building but no neighbours. For some reason, I've found no match.
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Old 14.11.2010, 18:45
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Re: How far your actual home fits your wishes/original requirements

It exceeds more than we had expected because when we moved we did not Emilie would have so many friends she could play with in the neighborhood , we also did not know the neighbours would be so nice.
We wanted a place near by the KIndy and the school, not far from the shops, near the tram station and we have all of this. I can bike with my daughters anywhere kita, clubs for the kids etc...

The only thing is that we can't offer a bigger falt with one more room for the kids not to have to share anymore. The extra room we have is used as a guest room and office for my husband...if we change it into another kids room, we will lose space for us. However, we may have to do it if we stay in Swizterland because as the kids grow, I can see how they will need to be separated eventually.
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I wanted a conservatory, an indoor pool, a games room, an astronomical observatory and dancing girls.

Unfortunately, I was unable to get any of those for less than 2000 CHF a month, so I made do with a little balcony with a dead plant on it.

But I'm not proud.
Um....you realise you're allowed to replace the plant?
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Old 14.11.2010, 18:49
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Re: How far your actual home fits your wishes/original requirements

I have a roof above my head in a nice area and the bedroom is separated from the kitchen. I guess my requirements are fulfilled.
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Old 14.11.2010, 18:56
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Economisto - in my experience people with a dead plant will continue to kill more, however many you give them. A plastic palm tree might survive.

If you want space - move away from Lakes and big cities, and prices come tumbling down. For Lausanne think Vallorbe/ Vallée de Joux, St Croix: as soon as you come over the crest of the Jura, prices come down sharply, both to buy and rent. For Neuchatel or even Bern, come up to the Val-de-Travers or Val-de-Ruz, etc. A longer commute of course- but S P A C E.
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Economisto - in my experience people with a dead plant will continue to kill more, however many you give them. A plastic palm tree might survive.

If you want space - move away from Lakes and big cities, and prices come tumbling down. For Lausanne think Vallorbe/ Vallée de Joux, St Croix: as soon as you come over the crest of the Jura, prices come down sharply, both to buy and rent. For Neuchatel or even Bern, come up to the Val-de-Travers or Val-de-Ruz, etc. A longer commute of course- but S P A C E.
Yeah I was going to suggest a plastic plant... or just a nice pot with soil that's perpetually "being planted up in the next week"
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Old 14.11.2010, 19:02
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Re: How far your actual home fits your wishes/original requirements

When we moved here, my husband and I were really young and from a "third" country. Our applications looked really poor due to these two huge factors and the fact that we had NO track record here. I was happy to just get ANY apartment. We did not have any requirements at all really when we were looking.. we just wanted a roof over our heads Although, we did not wish to live in the city as at at the time, the apartment we were staying in (company loan) was right opposite Sihl City (Sihl City did not exist at the time) and those freakin trams drove me nuts! You know how they squeak in Winter, well, I was not impressed with all that noise (an old complaining cow at 23.. how did I ever find a husband?).

The company my husband was working for at the time, hired an agent to help us find a place. We were driving around looking (and getting declined) at the different apartments when the agents' phone rang and she was told of a place that had just literally went on the market. Well, we fell in love and are still here today. We were so surprised that they accepted and approved our application! I still can't believe it to this day! It's on the top floor so it is smaller than all the other apartments but it has a massive balcony and we are surrounded by trees. We have a little mountain stream on the one side and it's very quiet here. It's lovely.

However, it is wayyyy to small now as we have 2 children and we have to move.

Our next place will probably be something we buy but now that we have some references behind us and are more stable than when we moved here we will probably want a few extras that we don't have now (fireplace, more bedrooms and bathrooms, underground garage accessible from inside the building, our own laundry room, tiled throughout, underfloor heating, a garden).
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But my question to the forum is how far your actual home fits your requirements or how far you had to compromise with your actual home. .

Above my experience, would love to hear about yours.
Thanks for posting an interesting topic for discussion. I work with a checklist, and in my experience, everyone compromises. The key is not to do so on something really significant.

Even if you are not getting professional help when house hunting, it is often really useful to take someone else along.
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Some have a list and follow their head (how very Swiss, lol)
Some don't and follow their heart... it's always worked for us.
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I actually had really few wishes, other than to be out of m-i-l home and to possibly have no lift (out of interest for a bit of exercise for me AND to minimize potential for surprise visits by said m-i-l).

While I did get those two, after 2yrs of doing laundry up and down 5+ flights of stairs, I would prefer to be on a lower floor.
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Um....you realise you're allowed to replace the plant?
Or you can sell it on Englishforum
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Some have a list and follow their head (how very Swiss, lol)
Some don't and follow their heart... it's always worked for us.
We had a list, a big list, when we bought our house. The agent thought we were mad. She said you get a feeling when you walk in to a place if it right or not. I guess that's like following your heart. But I need a list.
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Some don't and follow their heart... it's always worked for us.
Agree, most of the time I think first and list down my wish list, then I end up following what my heart says - so the homework done become useless. Not talking only about homes
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We had a list, a big list, when we bought our house. The agent thought we were mad. She said you get a feeling when you walk in to a place if it right or not. I guess that's like following your heart. But I need a list.
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Same here - the story of my life. Met my OH on the train at Clapham Junction - not at all my type, but he turned out to be the best (don't tell him though).
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