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Build house using german contractor

Hi,

How complected it would be to use german company to build house in Switzerland. e.g. http://www.fertighaus.de/ by buying one of the ready made houses.

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Re: Build house using german contractor

Be aware that each commune, canton, and perhaps district has its own rules on what can be built. Some of these are technical, ie. minergie standard, pitch of roof, etc.. while others are asthetic, ie. colour, shape, fitting in with the neighborhood. You would have to get approval from the Commune/Geminde before you could build one of these pre-fabs. I have heard quite a few of them don't get approval (at least around here) for a number of reasons. That is just the structure.

Then remember there is all the infrastruture. If using a german contractor you would need to be sure if they or a they hire someone local to do all the excavating, the pipes and electric lines, etc... Likely a german firm could easily end up over their heads on this quite fast unless they work here regularly. After it is built, who will do all the electric and plumbing in the house to swiss regs.?

A few things to think about.
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Re: Build house using german contractor

There's quite a number of German prefab companies that actively sell in Switzerland, like e.g. http://www.kampa.ch/ . They should also know about building regulations. For prefab, but individually designed, I can recommend http://www.oa-sys.com/menue-oben/wo-...in-europa.html (Austria, near Bregenz, representative in Herisau).
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Re: Build house using german contractor

There are quite a few German house manufacturers who happily work here in Switzerland. My best suggestion is to visit the website: www.home-expo.ch where you will find a collection of 18 houses built by both Swiss and German manufacturers with links to their individual websites. There is also an actual site in Suhr, Aargau, not far from Lenzburg where these houses have been constructed which you can visit to look them over and talk with the sales people on site to find out more. It's open Wednesdays through Sundays from 11am until 6pm and costs CHF5 for adults over 16, 11 to 16 and pensioners CHF 2.50, children under 11 are free.

There's even some UBS financial staff on hand to help sort out the mortgage if you make that snap decision to buy.
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There is also an actual site in Suhr, Aargau, not far from Lenzburg where these houses have been constructed which you can visit to look them over and talk with the sales people on site to find out more. It's open Wednesdays through Sundays from 11am until 6pm and costs CHF5 for adults over 16, 11 to 16 and pensioners CHF 2.50, children under 11 are free.
In Switzerland they charge you to look at an open house??? That's surprising! (Then again not that much surprising considering this is Switzerland )
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Re: Build house using german contractor

Well, I think you've got all the answers. My only suggestion that you may very well be limited in the house you choose. The one we wanted was not acceptable to the commune because the roof was curved and didn't match the pitch requirements. (or some such).
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In Switzerland they charge you to look at an open house??? That's surprising! (Then again not that much surprising considering this is Switzerland )
Well, someone has to mow the lawns and empty the waste bins. And it only works out at around 27 centimes per house you can view so you can't really complain - can you?
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Re: Build house using german contractor

Thanks all, called bank and he also suggested to check with commune and to use swiss company to build house for ease in case something goes wrong then it's relatively easy to chase local contractors.
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Re: Build house using german contractor

Choice is yours of course, but you could enquire at the UBS if/when you visit the site to see what they have to say. I know of a couple that have been built around Fribourg area, one was a Fingerhaus and the other was a SchwörerHaus iirc. SchwörerHaus have been building in Switzerland for over 30 years so they should know the eccentricities of the Swiss commune system.

Another couple of Swiss ones to look at are SwissHaus (www.swisshaus.ch) and Espace CIM SA (www.cim-habitat.ch). They're normal builders, not prefab though. I'm not sure there are a lot of prefab Swiss house builders as they tend to prefer traditional type building.
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Thanks all, called bank and he also suggested to check with commune and to use swiss company to build house for ease in case something goes wrong then it's relatively easy to chase local contractors.
Swiss people/institutions will always recommend you to use Swiss companies and they especially despise anything German.

Of course it is up to you to find a contractor you feel comfortable with, but personally, I do not have any negative experiences with reputable foreign companies and would not let Swiss people scare me off, and pay a 300% CH-premium for exactly the same products and services.

As long as they have experience with building in Switzerland and Swiss standards, you should be fine. Some of the companies mentioned in this topic should fit the bill. Shop around to see what the different companies can offer you.
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Oh, and let us know how it all goes with your building project. It's always useful and interesting to hear other people's experiences.
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Re: Build house using german contractor

I didn't see it posted but I always loved the idea of having a Huf Haus after seeing them do one on Grand Designs:

http://www.huf-haus.com/en/home.html

There are a few show homes in Switzerland IIRC.
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Re: Build house using german contractor

Does anyone know if it can (in general) be significantly cheaper to build a house on a new plot in Switzerland (outside of the city centres), than to pay market rates as they are at the moment for an existing house (not apartment)?
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Does anyone know if it can (in general) be significantly cheaper to build a house on a new plot in Switzerland (outside of the city centres), than to pay market rates as they are at the moment for an existing house (not apartment)?
The advantage with a house that exists is you know the final price, in CH thinks can go over budget by 20% without blinking. If it was easy everybody would do it.
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Does anyone know if it can (in general) be significantly cheaper to build a house on a new plot in Switzerland (outside of the city centres), than to pay market rates as they are at the moment for an existing house (not apartment)?
This is not an easy question to answer but in my experience I regret not buying land, (which was available where we live and still is) and building from scratch and getting things more or less the way I want rather than buying an existing house which required updating. Just about everything we have renovated we have had to compromise. Renovating is not for the faint hearted and it can be difficult to control costs.

The main difference is with renovation, you may be able to deduct these costs from your taxes. If you build new you have virtually no deductions.
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The advantage with a house that exists is you know the final price, in CH thinks can go over budget by 20% without blinking. If it was easy everybody would do it.
Thats true!!! Be carfull about it. My sister built a house last year and she paid around 20% more than she agreed for in he contract. I have heard that the differnce can be even bigger. The do it sytematically btw ;-)
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Thats true!!! Be carfull about it. My sister built a house last year and she paid around 20% more than she agreed for in he contract. I have heard that the differnce can be even bigger. The do it sytematically btw ;-)
Not systematically. We didn't have any extra costs other than the double garage ( instead if the planned single) which was totally our choice.
I think we were just very lucky with our builder and all the tradesmen he used as it is a small family run business and he has his reputation to consider. All the tradesmen said he was a pleasure to do work for so they were prepared to go the extra mile to be helpful.

We do have two sets of friends who have built and the builders they used ( large concerns) both added 15% to the cost of everything compared to buying directly from the suppliers.
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Good to know :-)
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