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Moving question [bring washing-machine / heater with me to CH?]

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Moving to Switzerland in few days. Just want to know whether or not we should take our washing machine and kerosine heater. In Chile, where we are from, a rented apartment almost never comes with a washing machine, and kerosine heaters are still used (Japanese made).

We are being re-located, and all relocation costs are paid by the company, so shipping costs are not a problem. I just don´t want to get there and have to get rid of a washing machine because there is no place to put it.

One more thing: is there space in the typical Swiss apartment bedroom for a king-sized bed?
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Old 23.06.2011, 14:00
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Re: Moving question

Have you not chosen an apartment yet? Where are you moving to?

Many apartments have washing machines and dryers placed in a communal area for all the tenants to use.

Find out if your appliances will acutally work in Switzerland due to the voltage etc

The rooms of the apartments that I visited would have been fine for a KS bed
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Re: Moving question

Hi,

I'd recommend that you ditch the washing machine and the kerosine heaters because all apartments come with them. The Washing Machines are either communal (you get to use them as per a schedule posted in your apartment) which is used by all tenants or some apartments or duplex's have them in the apartment. We made the same mistake and it was a pain in the butt to get rid of it.

The Kerosine heater won't be required because all apartments have a heating system.

KS bed is not a standard here but you should be able to find apartments where you can use yours.

All the best with your move.


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Moving to Switzerland in few days. Just want to know whether or not we should take our washing machine and kerosine heater. In Chile, where we are from, a rented apartment almost never comes with a washing machine, and kerosine heaters are still used (Japanese made).

We are being re-located, and all relocation costs are paid by the company, so shipping costs are not a problem. I just don´t want to get there and have to get rid of a washing machine because there is no place to put it.

One more thing: is there space in the typical Swiss apartment bedroom for a king-sized bed?
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Re: Moving question

I can only say that my apartment didnt come with a washing machine, stove/oven, any light fittings But I did live near a laundrymat, I do know people who do have communal laundry. So iif you like doing ur washing naked then keep ur machine.. you will have to look at the apartment and as KL said the voltage/plug fitting
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Re: Moving question [bring washing-machine / heater with me to CH?]

It will really depend on the apartment you find in Switzerland. Most will either have a communal/shared washing machine inside the building, or if you get a flat with its own washing machine, then the landlord will provide one.

However, there are always exceptions. For example, I know people who only have a shared machine buying washing machine in Switzerland to put that in a "hobby room" in the basement. This is not uncommon. Also, it is not uncommon for someone to install a washing machine in an otherwise no-washing-machine flat, but this will depend on whether you have the necessary water connection.

All in all, how much can you get for selling your washing machine back home? If the voltage matches with Switzerland, then even if you don't get to use it after bringing it over, you might still be able to sell it.
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Re: Moving question [bring washing-machine / heater with me to CH?]

I'm with most of the other posters. Chile has 220V/50 Hz power supply, same as Switzerland, but your heater will definitely be redundant and there's a low probablility that you'll need to supply a washing machine. Many apartments in blocks with communal machines don't have the space or facilities to install a washing machine.

If you can sell the appliances for good prices in Chile, I'd do that.
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Re: Moving question [bring washing-machine / heater with me to CH?]

Also, keep in mind that if you wind up not using it, even if the company is paying to ship it here, you will have to find a way to get rid of it on this side and that is likely to be both difficult and very expensive.

Sell them before you move and it'll be one less thing you have to worry about once you get here.
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Re: Moving question [bring washing-machine / heater with me to CH?]

If the flat you find doesn't have washing machine and even if there's space for it, you'll almost certainly need permission from the Regie (owner's agent) to have it plumbed in and they'll insist it's done by a professional. We didn't realise and got a very annoyed letter from the Regie.
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Re: Moving question [bring washing-machine / heater with me to CH?]

I'd agree to both, if you don't want to store them and you do moderately washing (i.e. wash 1nce a week or something similar to that) then you really don't need the Washing Machine, it'll probably take up space in your house that you'll need for a bookshelf table.

I would suggest instead of the heater or the washing machine, you should consider a deep freezer, I know that we cook at home a lot and the freezers here are relatively small (like 3 drawers the size of a night stand drawer) and can't fit all the meat that we bring home and freeze. Just a thought if you like to cook at home and you like to store things in a freezer.
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Re: Moving question [bring washing-machine / heater with me to CH?]

King Size bed --- yes

heater - probably your apartment already has it

washing machine --- usually is shared with the people of the building, in communal areas. Whether you can install your own one depends on the size of your building and on your landlord, just ask him/her
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