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Hello,

I need to rent a man with a van to help me move some stuff from Ikea to my new apartment. The Ikea staff mentioned that there were moving companies that could help, but the line at customer service seemed to long to wait at just to get the info before buying anything.

I would like to pay someone to help me haul the stuff from Ikea Dietlikon to Oerlikon, my German is still atrocious, so it would be best if this someone spoke a bit of English (enough so I could call them over the phone to arrange in English), hopefully this week.

I'm staying in more central Zurich now, and from what I can gather the postings there are all in German. If anyone can give any recommendation, or let me know if this will end up being impossible I'd really like to know.

(This is my fault for not realizing that it would take Ikea 6-8 weeks to deliver, in Toronto they deliver same day so I just didn't plan this out well enough ahead, so to those contemplating buying furniture be aware that to avoid needing your own moving helper you really need to plan ahead).

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Hello,

I need to rent a man with a van to help me move some stuff from Ikea to my new apartment. The Ikea staff mentioned that there were moving companies that could help, but the line at customer service seemed to long to wait at just to get the info before buying anything.

I would like to pay someone to help me haul the stuff from Ikea Dietlikon to Oerlikon, my German is still atrocious, so it would be best if this someone spoke a bit of English (enough so I could call them over the phone to arrange in English), hopefully this week.

I'm staying in more central Zurich now, and from what I can gather the postings there are all in German. If anyone can give any recommendation, or let me know if this will end up being impossible I'd really like to know.

(This is my fault for not realizing that it would take Ikea 6-8 weeks to deliver, in Toronto they deliver same day so I just didn't plan this out well enough ahead, so to those contemplating buying furniture be aware that to avoid needing your own moving helper you really need to plan ahead).

TA
Is it the van or the manual labour you require? If it's just the van, IKEA have vans to rent. I think it's 70 bucks to rent the van.

Otherwise I use these guys... they are brilliant and speak English.

http://www.studentmove.ch/
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Cool, I called them up and they were available on Wednesday, much quicker than 8 weeks, perfect English on the phone (that was my main fear, I can get German across in person with a bit of sign language, but have not done well over the phone)
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How much do they charge ? and do they provide assistance to move the furniture into the house also ?
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How much do they charge ? and do they provide assistance to move the furniture into the house also ?
They do as much as you want them to do. The can dismantle, assemble, carry on, carry off, arrange for an put things into temporary storage (as i have done)

They charge about 160 an hour, estimating a 2.5 apartment to be about 2 hours work.

They really are very nice, quick to answer, understanding and honestly helpful. Good karma with this bunch.
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I got quoted $98 / hour for one guy and a van, the mattress won't be that heavy and I can help move it. There is a two hour minimum, and I suspect it won't take that long, but still I'll pay for it so I don't have to sleep on the floor of my new place.
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We're using them to move next month. About CHF 160 ph for two men and a van plus CHF50k insurance. I can let you know how we get on....

But it's reassuring to know other have used them. Thanks.
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Everything went well with them, they were on time (even though I had given a slightly wrong location), CHF 210 for the two hour minimum, one guy and a van (including VAT), the guy spoke decent English, although I think he was happy I got get some ideas across in German.
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I used them for my recent move in Zurich. The girl who picked up the phone speaks good English, although the quotation came still in German. They charged 182F/h including VAT and insurance for two men with a Van equiped with a little elevator on the back. The move took in total 3.5 hours. Be warned that they also charge the time from their office to my flat (come and back) so basically for the 3.5 hours they charged there were 1.5 hours for their little trip and 2 hours for the real move. It was a 2-room flat and nothing to be dismantled. By the way it took only 2 minutes to drive from my old flat to the new one. Otherwise, good job, my flat was on the 4th floor and they did not complain that much, except once when I was not around they folded the double-bed maitress to put it into the small elevator instead of bringing it up by using the stairs which I really disliked, so next time I will stay close with them to tell them how to handle things exactly.
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Everything went well with them, they were on time (even though I had given a slightly wrong location), CHF 210 for the two hour minimum, one guy and a van (including VAT), the guy spoke decent English, although I think he was happy I got get some ideas across in German.
I used studentmove.ch - one guy and truck 115chf/hr + 7.5% VAT. The truck (smallest size 20m^3) came with a floor lift, elastic hooks, blankets, moving equipment - trolleys and rollers and such and the driver was of course trained in using it. When it comes to moving, having that additional person who moves furniture professionally is more useful than you would expect. I would have gladly paid for one more person had I known how easy it made things.

They bill you from the moment they start at their office to when they reach back there, in my case it was about 30-45 minutes of time extra.
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