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Old 17.01.2014, 15:18
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Re: House valuation /Engineer to evaluate property

We just had a Bauleiter (Peter Flury) from Coneco come to check out our potential new property. He was really great and I can highly recommend him.

He doesn't speak much English but the director of the company I got in touch with initially (Clive Hildering) speaks fluent (really good) English.

As such - if anyone wants the contact details for Peter let me know and I can PM them to you.

Thanks again to meloncollie for the recommendation!
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I hope you guys don't mind if I ask another question here, which I think related and might be useful for the OP.
We're also in the process of getting a mortgage. My question is; how do we know the market value of the house except for the fact that some banks can send an expert to inspect and appraise the value? I was told that we should use our guts feel but I wonder if there's a more objective mechanism in place. The thing for us is; the house is very unique. It is an erdhaus with special design and we wonder if that design factor would increase or decrease the market value( which we know based on size, number of rooms, year built.)
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Jumping on this post to ask a similar question - recommendation for a trusted "construction manager"/architect located in the Neuchatel or Bern cantons. We're looking at an old row house which we would like to get a experienced opinion on . Thanks!
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I remember there was this type of house on the market for years near Baden. They could not sell it despite the fact that it was in a low tax area. Then I saw it listed on the official kantonal website where properties are to be auctioned.

So I would be very careful with such a unique property.
Hi. I am planning to buy a flat which is nearby Baden. How do I really know that the price is correct in valuation. Is it really hard to sell the property near this area? The flat is more than 15 years old. Can that be evaluate per sqm? At current price listed it was now valued at 4'400chf/sqm without the garage. How much in % I could ask the discount to the seller at the current housing market trend? If I will be working till retirement I will be using it min 25 years.
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Hi. I am planning to buy a flat which is nearby Baden. How do I really know that the price is correct in valuation. Is it really hard to sell the property near this area? The flat is more than 15 years old. Can that be evaluate per sqm? At current price listed it was now valued at 4'400chf/sqm without the garage. How much in % I could ask the discount to the seller at the current housing market trend? If I will be working till retirement I will be using it min 25 years.
Sounds like you are at the beginning of the process - if so, the best thing you can likely do is to sit down with a mortgage officer at your bank. Bring the property dossier to them for (admittedly superficial) valuation. As the mortgage holder they have a stake in the deal, and so their evaluation of the current worth will likely paint a more or less fairly close picture for you.

But - a bank's valuation is only a starting point. There is a difference between fundamental value and market value. Key to understanding the sale price is the competition for the property.

In some markets, for some properties, offering anything less than a million over the asking price would get you laughed at as you are kicked out the door.

In some markets for some properties the sellers finally realise they have to drop their fantasy price by a million in order to get rid of the white elephant.

In some markets for some properties the asking price is pretty spot on.

So do a bit of research into similar properties in the area - how long have those been listed, are they listed for a similar price? If you watch the market for a while you start to get a decent feel.

Do start with your bank... and good luck!
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Re: House valuation /Engineer to evaluate property

Here's an article (in German) from the Beobachter, a respected socially critical magazine covering various aspects of life in Switzerland.

It recommends having a "Bausachverständiger" inspect a property before buying, which searchword lead to many google results.

In this forum, for example, several users recommend Pfälzer (on page 3 of this thread): https://www.hausgartenleben.ch/topic...r-nein/?page=3

Also http://www.bauexperte.ch/

I am not endorsing any of these, but put them here only in case they help someone who doesn't have enough knowledge of German to have found them on google.

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Re: House valuation /Engineer to evaluate property

I am bumping this old thread as I want some recommendations in the Zurich area.



We are in process of purchasing a row house which is 40 years old. The property does not seem to need a lot of renovation from the first look. However, it is a bit hard to know without having an expert to look at it.



Kitchen, electrical, taking a wall down & heating are some of the areas I feel need to be confirmed. When I tried looking through Renovero.ch, the recommendations are service specific. However, they are then inter-connected. Kithcen as an example is going to need Electrical, mechanical & carpenting work. Which means the kitchen planner also needs to speak with this parties.



The problem is that till I buy the property, I would not have too many possibilities of getting too many appointments.


Do you recommend someone who can come and look into all areas that need to be renovated in one appointment ?



Thank you.
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I am bumping this old thread as I want some recommendations in the Zurich area.



We are in process of purchasing a row house which is 40 years old. The property does not seem to need a lot of renovation from the first look. However, it is a bit hard to know without having an expert to look at it.



Kitchen, electrical, taking a wall down & heating are some of the areas I feel need to be confirmed. When I tried looking through Renovero.ch, the recommendations are service specific. However, they are then inter-connected. Kithcen as an example is going to need Electrical, mechanical & carpenting work. Which means the kitchen planner also needs to speak with this parties.



The problem is that till I buy the property, I would not have too many possibilities of getting too many appointments.


Do you recommend someone who can come and look into all areas that need to be renovated in one appointment ?



Thank you.

Best is to be able to estimate this yourself. Otherwise, bring the lead guy in e.g. for the kitchen the lead contractor who will do the estimate for you including sub-contractors.

To be honest, if you're taking time on this, you'll probably lose the purchase to a faster moving buyer.
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To be honest, if you're taking time on this, you'll probably lose the purchase to a faster moving buyer.
That's quite often the reality - or you will spend 1.5k on an expert and then bid and lose.
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I am bumping this old thread as I want some recommendations in the Zurich area.



We are in process of purchasing a row house which is 40 years old. The property does not seem to need a lot of renovation from the first look. However, it is a bit hard to know without having an expert to look at it.



Kitchen, electrical, taking a wall down & heating are some of the areas I feel need to be confirmed. When I tried looking through Renovero.ch, the recommendations are service specific. However, they are then inter-connected. Kithcen as an example is going to need Electrical, mechanical & carpenting work. Which means the kitchen planner also needs to speak with this parties.



The problem is that till I buy the property, I would not have too many possibilities of getting too many appointments.


Do you recommend someone who can come and look into all areas that need to be renovated in one appointment ?



Thank you.
If you just want a rough price for the work you are listing - I'd budget on a minimum of 100K - if someone else is doing it all.

You're never going to get an accurate estimate. These thing inevitably take a long time to plan and cost.
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To be honest, if you're taking time on this, you'll probably lose the purchase to a faster moving buyer.

Exactly. This is how bad the property market has become, especially around Zurich area. We had some visits where people agreed on the spot for purchase without knowing any construction details.
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