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Looking for an English-speaking Builder (Zug/Zurich)

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My wife and I will be moving to house in Baar next month (Canton Zurich, but just outside Zug). The property is a traditional stone house which has been renovated in recent years. We are looking for an English-speaking builder to carry out a few enhancements to the house for safety and enjoyment including:
- fitting glass bannisters for the stairs
- installing built-in wardrobes in one of the rooms
- adding an extractor fan in the bathroom
- renewing and installing the terrace/patio area outside
- erecting a small picket fence, and possibly a larger 1.4m wooden one (subject to planning)
- (later) exterior painting and plastering of the house and its shutters
- creating a stud partition wall in the bathroom

We have lived in Zug for about a year and a half nearly, but are still beginners in German, and keen to learn, but for now it would be important the the builder speaks English.

I have just joined the forum and haven't come accross any builders in the Zug/Zurich region. Does any one know of or can recommend any builders in the locally? I would really welcome any advice or suggestions.

Thank you very much.

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Hello

My wife and I will be moving to house in Baar next month (Canton Zurich, but just outside Zug). The property is a traditional stone house which has been renovated in recent years. We are looking for an English-speaking builder to carry out a few enhancements to the house for safety and enjoyment including:
- fitting glass bannisters for the stairs
- installing built-in wardrobes in one of the rooms
- adding an extractor fan in the bathroom
- renewing and installing the terrace/patio area outside
- erecting a small picket fence, and possibly a larger 1.4m wooden one (subject to planning)
- (later) exterior painting and plastering of the house and its shutters
- creating a stud partition wall in the bathroom

We have lived in Zug for about a year and a half nearly, but are still beginners in German, and keen to learn, but for now it would be important the the builder speaks English.

I have just joined the forum and haven't come accross any builders in the Zug/Zurich region. Does any one know of or can recommend any builders in the locally? I would really welcome any advice or suggestions.

Thank you very much.

RASZ
Any luck with the search? We also need someone to do a much smaller work: replacing a bathtub by a shower.
I asked for a quote in a well-known shop and the price of the work is higher than the products! I know, we live in CH, but I can't pay a week and a half of work for two people to replace 10/15 tiles!!
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Old 29.03.2016, 23:47
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Any luck with the search? We also need someone to do a much smaller work: replacing a bathtub by a shower.
I asked for a quote in a well-known shop and the price of the work is higher than the products! I know, we live in CH, but I can't pay a week and a half of work for two people to replace 10/15 tiles!!
You mean having the bath removed and a shower cubicle put in instead? Having had it done, and having had to have some of the work done again six years later, because, at some point water had started to make its way very, very, very slowly through a tiny break in the seal between the tiles and the shower 'tray', I think that there is a bit more to it than 'replacing 10-15 tiles'. The cubicle is 'larger' than the bath, the taps need to be reset higher; the drain is in a different place... and when our bath was removed, they found a stray pipe and as no-one knew where it came from or where it went to it meant re-thinking a bit. It's brilliant when finished though.
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You mean having the bath removed and a shower cubicle put in instead? Having had it done, and having had to have some of the work done again six years later, because, at some point water had started to make its way very, very, very slowly through a tiny break in the seal between the tiles and the shower 'tray', I think that there is a bit more to it than 'replacing 10-15 tiles'. The cubicle is 'larger' than the bath, the taps need to be reset higher; the drain is in a different place... and when our bath was removed, they found a stray pipe and as no-one knew where it came from or where it went to it meant re-thinking a bit. It's brilliant when finished though.

True, it requires a bit more work than that, but I was asked for 13k only for the work, which did not include the installation of the glass itself.


Can you recommend the person who did the work for you?
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You can save money by buying the materials yourself and offering to help with cleaning up etc. I've found quite a few builders will accept this and most can speak a bit of English. Generally you're looking around 80chf an hour for a qualified worker and the half for an apprentice.
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You can save money by buying the materials yourself and offering to help with cleaning up etc. I've found quite a few builders will accept this and most can speak a bit of English. Generally you're looking around 80chf an hour for a qualified worker and the half for an apprentice.


My gf asked some Swiss people in her office and they said the builder was having a laugh. I guess they don't lose much if we don't accept it, but the profit is massive if we take it - 13k to replace a bathtub...


Do you have the contact of any of these builders?
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Can you recommend the person who did the work for you?
We had our bathroom completely ripped apart and redone. As our neighbours were very happy having had the same thing done by Fust, and the lady we spoke to in Jona SG about the job impressed us by her knowledge, her listening to what we wanted and general competence, we, too, asked Fust to do the job. We knew that getting the old tiles and fitments out would be a very dusty affair, but apart from one pipe, the presence of which no-one had foreseen, there were no real problems. The job was started on the exact date we requested. The bathroom is very small and the plumber, electrician, plasterer etc had to do more than one session, so it was essential that the various groups of workers were well co-ordinated. It all went well and the two minor alterations Mr. Longbyt requested, were taken care of. One very happy couple.

Five years later, a very small 'tear' appeared in the sealing between the tiles and the shower 'tray'. Obviously weight in the tray (though neither Mr. L. nor I are very heavy) had caused it to descend a bit... water leaked in through the tiny gap and it was necessary to have the tray taken out to allow everything to dry out thoroughly before improving support for the tray so that it would not happen again. After the work was done, including replacing the whole lowest row of tiles, the question remained, who was going to pay? By the time we informed Fust of the tear, we were passed the insurance claim date but we felt that the fault had been theirs. They were the experts who should know all about supporting the tray correctly. It was enough that we had suffered a great deal of inconvenience while the repairs were done. In the end, after a battle, we split the price.

In spite of them having originally done a great job in all other respects, I cannot really recommend them for this sort of task. I'd hate the same thing to happen to someone else.
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My gf asked some Swiss people in her office and they said the builder was having a laugh. I guess they don't lose much if we don't accept it, but the profit is massive if we take it - 13k to replace a bathtub...


Do you have the contact of any of these builders?
The best one we used was Schlumpf und Imhof Kundenmauerei. They did a fix price and I helped as much as I could. They're in the Local phone book but in Münchenstein, BL so I don't know if they will come to ZG/ZH.
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moscatel, if your home improvement could wait for a while, perhaps you could go to Habitat-Jardin or Comptoir Suisse fairs (or something similar in your region)? Such would have numerous builders/architectural firms/home improvement firms offering their products/services and you could discuss and negotiate...
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Dear Moscatel

In response to your question:

My wife and I have been employing a builder Peter who has his own small building/handyman/man-with-van/property management company called 'Pro Property'. He responded to my initial forum message. I believe he is Zurich based but does job all around the Zurich/Zug area and beyond.

He has been excellent. He has already completed a number of the jobs listed in my original post to the highest standards. He is very professional, speaks fluent English and German, takes great pride in his work and efficiency; and is very friendly and thoughtful about the work he is doing. He sources all the materials and collects them if you need him too. He also employs other workers to help with larger jobs, and has also been happy for me or a family member to work with him on some tasks, where possible. He can do all sorts of work indoor and outdoor.

He is returning tomorrow in fact to complete a job and we will continue to use him again into the summer as our building plans advance. We cannot recommend him enough. We have been very pleased with the work, speed and value of the work.

I forwarded some of the details from your message and he said he would be happy for me to pass on his details to you. He works His email is: info@proproperty.ch and he is expecting to hear from you, if you are interested.

Regards and hope all goes well with the bathroom.

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Dear Moscatel

In response to your question:

My wife and I have been employing a builder Peter who has his own small building/handyman/man-with-van/property management company called 'Pro Property'. He responded to my initial forum message. I believe he is Zurich based but does job all around the Zurich/Zug area and beyond.

He has been excellent. He has already completed a number of the jobs listed in my original post to the highest standards. He is very professional, speaks fluent English and German, takes great pride in his work and efficiency; and is very friendly and thoughtful about the work he is doing. He sources all the materials and collects them if you need him too. He also employs other workers to help with larger jobs, and has also been happy for me or a family member to work with him on some tasks, where possible. He can do all sorts of work indoor and outdoor.

He is returning tomorrow in fact to complete a job and we will continue to use him again into the summer as our building plans advance. We cannot recommend him enough. We have been very pleased with the work, speed and value of the work.

I forwarded some of the details from your message and he said he would be happy for me to pass on his details to you. He works His email is: info@proproperty.ch and he is expecting to hear from you, if you are interested.

Regards and hope all goes well with the bathroom.

RASZ

Dear RASZ,


That's fantastic! I will get in touch with him asap!


Thanks a lot.


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@vuachere, I will have a look at it as well, thanks! Although we might want to get it done soon.
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It is a little late for this job, but I will be moving to Zug 26th August 2017, I have applied to transfer my painting company over to Zug and will be available for any painting and decorating from 1st September, also plaster boarding, office fitting and shopfitting www.genevadecs.com
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