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Renting Furnished or Unfurnished ?

Hi, I'm new to the forum, so apologies if this ends up in the wrong place....

My girlfriend and I are moving to Zurich at the end of Feb.
We've got accommdation provided for the first 4 weeks, but aren't sure whether to look for furnished or unfurnished after that ?

What are the pitfalls/things to watch renting unfurnished ?
It it true (or an old wives tale!) that unfurished don't have sockets/light fittings etc?

Any advice would be gratefully received.

Thanks,
Nick
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Happiness in early stages = Unfurnished + Ikea + Airbed
Weve all done it. Those that havent , shacked up with someone that did it at some point in the distant past. Furnished is overpriced and still kitted with Ikea...

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Hi, I'm new to the forum, so apologies if this ends up in the wrong place....

My girlfriend and I are moving to Zurich at the end of Feb.
We've got accommdation provided for the first 4 weeks, but aren't sure whether to look for furnished or unfurnished after that ?

What are the pitfalls/things to watch renting unfurnished ?
It it true (or an old wives tale!) that unfurished don't have sockets/light fittings etc?

Any advice would be gratefully received.

Thanks,
Nick
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Old 13.01.2008, 23:17
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Re: Renting Furnished or Unfurnished ?

Hi and welcome to the forum!

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You'll find cables with winding dangling from the ceiling but probably no lampshades.

Unfurnished is the rule, furnished the exception in the appartment market.
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Both flats I've moved into had dangly wires hanging out of holes in the ceiling, to which I had to fit my own light fittings (sold in big Migros).

Having never done such a thing before (I'd have thought that to be an electrician's job), I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the procedure is actually easier than wiring a plug.

You have two wires dangling down. There will be two wires poking out of the top of your basic light fitting. You just need to join the wires to their friends, using a little plastic box thing with screws in to hold them in place (exactly the same principle as wiring a plug). It takes about a minute with a screwdriver, and the only difficulty is holding your arms up in the air and keeping your balance.

Might not be a bad idea to turn the electric off first, though.


Now I just need to buy some lampshades... I've only been in this flat two years...
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Re: Renting Furnished or Unfurnished ?

Kitchen and hallways in unfurnished dwellings normally have lamps fitted so you won't be in total darkness if you arrive in the evening.
Bring a torch with you.
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Re: Renting Furnished or Unfurnished ?

Tom1234, you're dead posh you if you had lights when you moved in. Our flat was totally bare except for a fridge, cooker and dishwasher. Not a light fitting to be seen.Stumbling around an unfamiliar place looking for the loo is an adventure - not one that I particularly want to repeat. We did have the lights in the bathrooms over the cabinets IIRC.
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What are the pitfalls/things to watch renting unfurnished ?
It it true (or an old wives tale!) that unfurished don't have sockets/light fittings etc?
Furnished tend to be poor quality and seriously overpriced.

In case of unfurnished you are the master - you can buy whatever stuff you like. You might also be lucky enough to buy some of the furniture from the previous tenants. We did that with the fridge and cooker. In our case unfurnished meant really unfurnished, with exception for the kitchen that had some cupboards/sink cupboards that shouldn't be removed.

If price is important, then IKEA is your friend. For big shopping consider renting a big car for a day. Airbed and sleeping bag can help in the few first days (as there is a lot of other things than buying furniture to do).
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Re: Renting Furnished or Unfurnished ?

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Hi, I'm new to the forum, so apologies if this ends up in the wrong place....

My girlfriend and I are moving to Zurich at the end of Feb.
We've got accommdation provided for the first 4 weeks, but aren't sure whether to look for furnished or unfurnished after that ?

What are the pitfalls/things to watch renting unfurnished ?
It it true (or an old wives tale!) that unfurished don't have sockets/light fittings etc?

Any advice would be gratefully received.

Thanks,
Nick
It also depends on the length of your stay. If you are planning to stay over a year then unfurnished is your answer. As DaveA mentioned Unfurnished + Ikea + Airbed. Plus some stand alone lamps....
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If price is important, then IKEA is your friend. For big shopping consider renting a big car for a day. Airbed and sleeping bag can help in the few first days (as there is a lot of other things than buying furniture to do).
Ikea will rent you a van, in fact, I think most furniture shops offer this service.

I've always lived in furnished places in the UK, I initially looked to find a similar setup here but soon gave up. Unfurnished is the way to go.
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Ikea will rent you a van, in fact, I think most furniture shops offer this service.
That's true, but it depends on how far you live from Ikea. And the guy at IKEA told me that's it's cheaper to go with normal rental (I didn't check that, because managed with normal car)
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Tom1234, you're dead posh you if you had lights when you moved in. Our flat was totally bare except for a fridge, cooker and dishwasher. Not a light fitting to be seen.Stumbling around an unfamiliar place looking for the loo is an adventure - not one that I particularly want to repeat. We did have the lights in the bathrooms over the cabinets IIRC.
Ignoring the possibility of sounding really sad: I knew about the lack of lamps and fittings in Swiss apartments and came prepared with head-torch, a mains-powered halogen workmans lamp, a DVM, step ladder and tool kit just for this purpose. We did move in just before Christmas when the days are shortest. The lamps in the hallway and kitchen were a bonus (I think the bathroom had them as well).
I also ordered swiss mains plugs in the U.K. and re-wired a few things before we came.
I come from the school of thought that suggests that there's going to be enough to do when you arrive anyway and there will be things that you are bound to have forgotten to get organised that you may as well give yourself a head start wherever possible.

Unfortunately I didn't discover this forum to well after we had arrived.
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Re: Renting Furnished or Unfurnished ?

I looked into the same thing when I arrived. Along with what others have said about furnished places being very expensive for the quality, I worked out that with the price difference, unfurnished with Ikea/secondhand/EF freebies will have paid for itself in less than six months and be of similar quality to the furnished place. After that you will have extra cash for furnishing the place properly if you want.

I'm a typical bachelor, so actually end up spending the extra money on beer, skiing, mountainbiking and holidays.
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