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What should I bring from America?

My husband and I will be moving Basel early next year. I am wondering what do we bring with us and what should we buy there. Furniture, dishes, pots and pans??? So much to consider. I just found out this morning and cannot get any answers until my husbands returns and we meet with his company. I am going crazy not knowing, but TG for online I am learning a lot. Any suggestions will be appreciated.
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Re: What should I bring from America?

It's all here if you just take a minute to search for it. No one is going to give the information to you on a platter.
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Agreed!!
Plus one, but don´t worry about pots and pans and such, you can get these things here at a price much cheaper than the cost of transport and your nerves.
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Re: What should I bring from America?

If you have a car (or even you don't but use Mobility (like zip-car)), you can buy most of things at quite good price in Germany or France as Basel is at the border.

But don't bring anything you don't really need (e.g. big non-wood items) as it costs a lot to throw away stuff unless someone pick it up for free.

Most Swiss apt/houses have built-in closets so you don't have to bring too many furniture.

Duvet (down comforter), Clothes/Shoes are cheaper in US.

Buy and bring Bikes, bike lock and basket: Very handy to have a bike in Basel!!! for adults and kids.
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Old 26.10.2014, 07:18
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Re: What should I bring from America?

take anything you really enjoy having and use a lot. nothing electrical unless you care to have adapters all over the house. I would not bother with the little things, like others have said you can buy pots, plates, etc quite cheap here.
I think it will be easier for you to answer your question once you have spoken to the company of your husband: will the company take over costs for the move? up to which amount? how big an apartment are you aiming for? etc all this will help you decide what is necessary. good luck!
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Old 26.10.2014, 08:35
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Re: What should I bring from America?

We brought everything (pets included) except for our cars. After close dollar to franc cost comparison on nearly every item we had... We determined that it was cheaper by 15 to 30% to pay the money up front to move our whole house. Only needed to bring three power inverters (big ones) and that was that.

To this day... not one regret on choosing to bring it all. We've only replaced one item over the years: the coffee maker. Full automatic coffee machines are cheaper here!

If you have things that are ikea quality already... you could break even if you were to replace things. But for nicer things replacing them at value will be a challenge. For what it's worth...If you are considering a whole house move... do this. But... if The the move is going to be for a short duration it may be wiser to learn to live with less for that duration and just buy what you need (6 to 12 months).

Hope that helps. Feel free to send me a message of you have any questions.
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Re: What should I bring from America?

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It's all here if you just take a minute to search for it. No one is going to give the information to you on a platter.
Why make her hunt for the information when she already has so much on her plate? Sure, there are many relevant strings she could browse, but I remember wishing I could find a quick and straightforward answer.
My five cents' worth - my husband's company provides basic IKEA furniture. We thought about bringing our own stuff, but in retrospect it wouldn't have fit well in our modern Swiss apartment. We ended up bringing a couple of chairs, rugs and my daughter's trundle bed, and that worked out well. It all depends on your budget, but I wish we'd brought a few more nice non-IKEA rugs with us. We brought some bedding and bought some here.
We also brought peanut butter. Crates of the stuff. You can get it here, but as any American knows, it's a hugely personal thing and we are totally hooked on our Skippy Natural. There's really nothing you can't get here, it just depends how much you are willing to pay for it and whether or not it's exactly what you're looking for. It's a good idea to bring a few of the staples that your family runs on just to ease the transition and see you through until you've figured out which local products you'll replace them with. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions. I went through this 18 months ago so have fresh insight.
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Re: What should I bring from America?

We brought everything as most companies offer enough Relo to do this. House stuff, pets, car, kids...Only stuff you cannot do is small kitchen appliances like toaster, kettle, blender, crock pot, juicer etc due to EU 240v power. Probably cheaper to buy it all here in the long run but some quality isnt as good also size's are different so beds in particular are hard to adjust to. But now we are moving back so have a whole house of American King & Queen sized beds, sofa, car, kitchen appliances, toys, gardening, crockery blah blah if interested available late December if timing works.

If your company can come take care of it all and make it turnkey then do this, if you do it on your own be wary of "relocation" companies who will charge you a ton to just find a house. many of companies take advantage of expats as we cannot speak language so always check everything.
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Re: What food to bring from the US?

Bring toiletries, the stuff here is low quality if it's a private label and if it's a brand product, they won't offer the wole range, as it is a limited market.
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If you have a car (or even you don't but use Mobility (like zip-car)), you can buy most of things at quite good price in Germany or France as Basel is at the border.

But don't bring anything you don't really need (e.g. big non-wood items) as it costs a lot to throw away stuff unless someone pick it up for free.

Most Swiss apt/houses have built-in closets so you don't have to bring too many furniture.

Duvet (down comforter), Clothes/Shoes are cheaper in US.

Buy and bring Bikes, bike lock and basket: Very handy to have a bike in Basel!!! for adults and kids.
Good advice in this post, except the bit about most Swiss houses and apartments having built-in closets. The reverse is true. However, since *most* American dwellings have built-in closets, you're unlikely to have any to bring with you 😉, so I'd buy wardrobes here (once you know the room sizes, etc.).
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Re: What food to bring from the US?

OH Paleeezee!!!

Bring me a carton of that wonderful "cheese" that BK and McD serve in their burgers.
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Re: What food to bring from the US?

Junk food, as it's hard or impossible to find here.

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