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Old 04.03.2011, 23:57
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Visiting Before Renting a Must?

Hello everyone,

My family is moving from the US in July and since we are both school teachers, it is hard to just pick up and go visiting apartments in Switzerland. Can you secure places without visiting in person? Any suggestions for the best way to go about getting a place by July 1st?
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Re: Visiting Before Renting a Must?

Rental contracts in CH are very complicated and often long-term- and many people have to find new tenants if they want/have to leave early. So why not try and tell us what you are looking for and where, and maybe somebody here will have something for you. Depending on the area, it is VERY difficult to find a flat (condo) especially larger ones. The internet helps with photos, etc- but personally I wouldn't rent without seeing, getting a feel for the area, etc. How about finding a long holiday/temporary let for July/August and get settled for September. Perhaps your employer could help with that.
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Old 05.03.2011, 00:22
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Re: Visiting Before Renting a Must?

To secure the property, one needs to complete the application forms ( as well as a contract if chosen as a tenant ). The forms are normally put in the property being advertised, hence a visit is required. Some landlords / agents insist that you complete the forms on-site.
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Re: Visiting Before Renting a Must?

Many landlords/agencies will simply not rent to you if you have not seen the property. Some relocation consultants have managed I know, but you will need to talk to them directly to see their take on the issue. It is a risk for all involved.
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Re: Visiting Before Renting a Must?

We are moving to the Bern area and are looking for a 3-5 room apartment along the southern train route like Gumligen, Munsingen down to Thun. We are looking to be there July 1st, but don't start work until the first week of August. I was hoping to have a permanent place so we could get everything set up before we start our work routine. My fear about going on a long weekend is coming back empty handed and wasting thousands on airfare and accommodations and not finding a place.
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Re: Visiting Before Renting a Must?

Arrive, stay in hotel or short term furnished aparthotel type place, find apartment, move into it.
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Re: Visiting Before Renting a Must?

That seems like the safest bet, I just wasn't sure how much in advance you need. I know that in some places, you get the leftovers trying to find a place that is available immediately. Won't there be more of a selection 30 to 60 days before?
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That seems like the safest bet, I just wasn't sure how much in advance you need. I know that in some places, you get the leftovers trying to find a place that is available immediately. Won't there be more of a selection 30 to 60 days before?
It will be but there will also be more competition. Just because you find the perfect appartment that doesnt mean that the landlord will give it to you
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Re: Visiting Before Renting a Must?

I arrived a year ago, spent 2 nights in a hotel, one night at a random person's place I found on couchsurfing as I wanted the company (who's now one of my best and coolest friends here), a month in a serviced apartment, and then moved in to where I am now.

This is in Basel though, where finding an apartment (unless you have very specific requirements or want something out of the ordinary) is easy.
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