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Advice on new flat needed

Hello everyone,

I recently signed up on the English Forum and I thought of giving this a shot although there are quite a number of threads on the "new apartments" topic but I feel that none of the posts or replies that I've read so far really answer my questions.

To cut a long story short, I am soon (beginning of October) to move to Zuerich and I am currently looking for an apartment to live. Having said this here are my questions:

1. In your experience, which would be the best area to look for apartments considering that I would need to commute between Opfikon & Baar with my job? I know I could probably look at something far from the city at the exact middle distance between the 2 but I would also very much like to be somehow close to the city or at least have a very fast connection to it as I don't want to be fully deprived of the Zurich nigh life

2. As I am currently living in Bonn, Germany at the moment I find it quite difficult to make appointments for flat visits from here and I was thinking to make a 4-5 day trip to Zurich sometime in September especially for this purpose to do a bit of apartment hunting and perhaps apply for some of them. In your experience, what would be my chances to finding one as well as signing the lease during this visit? The alternative would be to take up the offer from my company for a short term apartment where I could stay while working there thus giving me more possibilities to look for a permanent location. As you can imagine I would prefer to already have a flat by the time I move there

3. I have been looking at the 3 main websites (homegate.ch comparis.ch and immoscout24.ch) but I've noticed that all the viewings are taking place now in August, so should I be expecting new offers to come up in September? I've read a post where people were saying that there is usually a time of the year when one would see a lot of offers while during the rest of the time, these are quite scarce.

Btw, my German is quite intermediate even though I am living in Germany at the moment <-- Romanian here

Thank you all for your time reading this and would appreciate your feedback.

Cheers,

Eddy

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Old 20.08.2015, 11:55
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Re: Advice on new flat needed

If your budget allows you to rent a 3K+/month flat, it should be doable in 4-5 days. Under that, forget it in such a short time. I think you don't realize how tight the market is...
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Re: Advice on new flat needed

Hi Eddy, I have to agree with the other comment so far - your current plan would be difficult to achieve. It would probably be best to find temporary lodging once you move here and then look for your flat. You can rent something pricey, as Mélusine said, or you can try AirBnB and perhaps find something less expensive.

From my experience, your budget for a one bedroom will put you in category of flats with less applicants than what you see in the less than 1,000 CHF range. This will work in your favor. If you looked in a place like Wallisellen, just outside of Zurich, your chances increase.

I have had to find two flats in Zurich, one small one for just me and one larger one for my husband me - and the following worked like charm:
I compiled a packet that had all of our income information (bank account, W2s, and proof of employment), a copy of my residence card (B-permit), letter from school stating how long the program is, letters of reference from the US (something I was also told would be useless to the Swiss, but which was not true), a Swiss debt statement (betreibungsauskunft) which says you don't have any bad debt in Switzerland, and a letter about who I am and why I am in Switzerland and what kind of tenant I would be. I had anything that could be, translated into German (using a translator I hired from Elance, so it was cheap).

Whenever I could, I brought the application and that packet into to the office or with me to the showing (even better), otherwise I emailed everything.
The first time I applied for 5 flats and got a callback on every single one. The second time, I decided to go only for exactly what I wanted, instead of desperately applying for anything like I did the first time. I saw only 2 flats and got callbacks on both the next day.

Everyone I know who has used this method had the same result as I did.
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Re: Advice on new flat needed

Hey Eddy, when I was looking for my place to live I also tried below websites:

http://www.tutti.ch/zuerich/immobilien
http://flatsforexpats.com/
http://www.ronorp.net/zurich_en/clas...d-zurich_en.25

Maybe you'll find something more for you. Good luck!
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Hello everyone,

I recently signed up on the English Forum and I thought of giving this a shot although there are quite a number of threads on the "new apartments" topic but I feel that none of the posts or replies that I've read so far really answer my questions.

To cut a long story short, I am soon (beginning of October) to move to Zuerich and I am currently looking for an apartment to live. Having said this here are my questions:

1. In your experience, which would be the best area to look for apartments considering that I would need to commute between Opfikon & Baar with my job? I know I could probably look at something far from the city at the exact middle distance between the 2 but I would also very much like to be somehow close to the city or at least have a very fast connection to it as I don't want to be fully deprived of the Zurich nigh life

2. As I am currently living in Bonn, Germany at the moment I find it quite difficult to make appointments for flat visits from here and I was thinking to make a 4-5 day trip to Zurich sometime in September especially for this purpose to do a bit of apartment hunting and perhaps apply for some of them. In your experience, what would be my chances to finding one as well as signing the lease during this visit? The alternative would be to take up the offer from my company for a short term apartment where I could stay while working there thus giving me more possibilities to look for a permanent location. As you can imagine I would prefer to already have a flat by the time I move there

3. I have been looking at the 3 main websites (homegate.ch comparis.ch and immoscout24.ch) but I've noticed that all the viewings are taking place now in August, so should I be expecting new offers to come up in September? I've read a post where people were saying that there is usually a time of the year when one would see a lot of offers while during the rest of the time, these are quite scarce.

Btw, my German is quite intermediate even though I am living in Germany at the moment <-- Romanian here

Thank you all for your time reading this and would appreciate your feedback.

Cheers,

Eddy
Hi Eddy,

The market here is very very tight. I would discourage you from looking for apartments in Zurich-City. However, trains are very well connected with the city center, so if a 30mins trip is not a bad choice for you, I would suggest looking at the communities (Gemeinde) right outside of Zurich. Rümlang offers some choice, I've been living there before. Other than that, I would say Regensdorf is also quite well connected.

I would also not recommend already looking straight for an apartment, because for that A) there is a big competition, so chances are scarce you would get something at an affordable price (affordable = 1'500 - 2'500 CHF) and B) you need to present a Betreibunsauszug, a document showing that you have no pending debts to pay, which you get at the Gemeinde where you're registered. However, you can't present one if you're not registered somewhere, and to do that you need to live there, so...

I do have friends that come here and suddenly find an apartment but i don't know how they do. My recommendation is to first get a "WG" (shared apartment) with someone, it's easy to find and can be a temporary solution, and then with time you find other accommodation.

Good luck!
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The alternative would be to take up the offer from my company for a short term apartment where I could stay while working there thus giving me more possibilities to look for a permanent location. As you can imagine I would prefer to already have a flat by the time I move there
If you don't take up the short term apartment you would be making a huge mistake. Take it and then look for a long term apartment while you are here.
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Re: Advice on new flat needed

Thank you all for the valuable insight. I've decided to take a temporary flat as you mentioned
One more question that I would have is which of the Zurich districts would you recommend living in terms of best value for money apartments? From what I read so far I was thinking of Oerlikon in Kreis 11?
Also any ideas on where to look for a short term apartment or even a shared flat? I would like to check for more alternatives.
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Thank you all for the valuable insight. I've decided to take a temporary flat as you mentioned
One more question that I would have is which of the Zurich districts would you recommend living in terms of best value for money apartments? From what I read so far I was thinking of Oerlikon in Kreis 11?
Also any ideas on where to look for a short term apartment or even a shared flat? I would like to check for
I would also consider Schwamendingen and Seeback; to be honest they also don't have a very good "fame", although they don't deserve it, but silver lining: that's why it's more affordable.
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