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Old 23.09.2011, 05:17
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Not necessarily. I lived in an apartment where the building was built in the 1800's. It hadn't been renovated since the 60's at least and it had it's own washer and dryer.

You really need to do as Peg suggested and look for adverts which state "Waschküche in der Wohnung".

Are your husband's company providing a relocation assistant? If so, he should let them know your requirements and they can do the search for you.

Thank you mimi, for clearing my misconception thinking only new one's will have "Waschküche in der Wohnung". yes we will get some assistance to find a suitable apartment.

Thanks again for ur kind help.
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Newer apartments are more likely to have the fittings you are after, but also look at renovated apartments - often the ad will have a date given for the last renovation. The renovations in my apartment make it difficult to tell that it is older than 10 years.

In Basel, for a budget 0f 2599chf, you will be able to find something very nice, and if you take your time, you will definitely find one with a fitted in fridge, laundry, dishwasher.

IF you do find that you have brought over stuff that you don't need, then generally there are lockable, storage cellers ( sometimes attics) for each tenant. AS you have probably seen on this foru, there is a market for second hand items, so you would eventually be able to sell ( but cheaply) or give away excess goods. THat would mean that hopefully you would not end up paying for someone to take away things when you leave.

MUttenz has been suggested as a place to live - be aware that although prices are cheaper, it isa village outside Basel. The commute can easily be done by tram 14 or the train to the central Basel station, but I found that less convenient than living in town. Riehen is a nice are, but also on the edge of Basel. I saw a lovley apartment there, but again decided that I would prefer to live closer in. PRobably the thing to look at in both those cases ( and any other) is how long it takes to walk to the nearest transport link and decide if you are happy with that. "NIce" housing tends to be reasonably scattered throughout the city. Personally, I do not like the area below Kannenfield (sorry, Peg) as it seems to be still a bit run down, and not so great with local facilities, good views etc - but this is on a Basel scale only. On a world scale, there are no bad areas to live in, and nothing is really far from anywhere else.

Yes, you can easily get to both Germany and to France, for shopping. The Sat moirning market at St Loius seems to be a good place to meet up with other Basel folk - I always bump into people I know. YOu can get there by bus, by tram ( with a short walk added) or by biking ( 12 minutes from my place)
You actually do have another option with housing - living on the French side of the border. This is quite common amongst expats - I could be saving half my rent money for a similar size place if I was living in one of the Fr villages that literally border onto Basel. THe taxes etc work out the same, the downside is dealing with Fr redtape instead of Swiss redtape ( more likely to have help from colleagues on the Swiss side of the border.)

Do you know any other Malaysians in Basel? If not, would you like me to try to put you in touch with a Malaysain family that I know?

MIcrowave: I bought a new one here for under 100chf. At times, I have seen them for 69chf.
hi Biff,

Thank you very much for your very elaborative and informative answer. our budge is actually below 2.5k looking for 3.5 rooms, including fridge, washer and dryer. Hopefully we'd be able to find an apartment. My primary concerns are these, location is something i feel we can manage as long as there is tram.

shopping in bordering countries is something i'm looking forward to

i think at this point i feel like bringing everything from here, then store and sell whatever i'm not going to use once we are settled. Probably they'll be listed here.

Thank you very much for ur help. it's been a real help from all of you'll. thank u very much.
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Have you tried below link?
http://www.homegate.ch
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Re: Moving to Basel Help Pls.....

For proeprty aggregators I usually use immo.search.ch since it seems to be more up to date than the others and has a cool map feature.

As a general rule Basel is one of the more expensive cantons to live in maybe 30% more on insurance (compulsory health) and one of the higher tax rates.

Dont rule out older apartment buildigngs, you can get some excellent places in old buildings which are refurbished to a very high standard. Generally the older buildings have less apartments, so if you do have a shared washing room, there is no rota (Mine I share between 3 other apartments)

Otherwise do a search on the forum on the locations. There are plenty of options
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