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I am living in Zug area and am looking for reliable and professional:

- handyman
- painter
- electrician
- plumber
- general contractor

If you worked with one of these and had a good experience,
it would be very helpful to have your feedback and their contact.
As I am in the process of learning German, english or french speakers are a plus at this point

Thank you so much,
Sophie
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Old 26.08.2016, 15:55
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I am living in Zug area and am looking for reliable and professional:

- handyman
- painter
- electrician
- plumber
- general contractor

If you worked with one of these and had a good experience,
it would be very helpful to have your feedback and their contact.
As I am in the process of learning German, english or french speakers are a plus at this point

Thank you so much,
Sophie
Maybe the general contractor you are looking for also has ideas about the professionals that could be used for your project.
You've already got a very clear idea of exactly what works are to be carried out and what your budget limit is, and are under no illusion about the very high prices you would pay for a renovation project in Switzerland ?
If you are new to this, take your initial budget and multiply it by 2.5 to get a realistic price. And good luck with the project.
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Re: renovating a house

It is not on your list, but if you need a recommendation for parquet supplier/installers, we have just used these guys and they were extremely friendly, flexible, informative and we are very happy with the work they have done. The owner doesn't speak English, but his brother who works with him speaks a bit.

http://www.kipferparkett.com/

Best of luck on the renovations!
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Re: renovating a house

Hi Sophie, no idea how things work in Belgium- but here it is very different to UK re renovations.

When we did the new bathroom upstairs for guests- requiring walls to come down, new walls, new insulation, electrics, plumbing, tiling, etc, etc- we asked our local builder to take the project on. He laughed and said 'it's not how it works here' - we had to get all the artisans together, from different trades, and explain what we wanted done- then they all sent their estimates separately. Then the work began, and between each change of artisans there was a few days, sometimes more. I'd phone the electrician and say 'it's your turn' and he'd reply that he was far too busy on another project... and so on. In the UK we would have got one guy to give one estimate and sort it all out with other artisans as needed and make sure the timing was sorted out (well, sort of, didn't always work to plan either).

Secondly, if you use labour which is not qualified/approved - it is then very difficult to claim the cost off your taxes. All renovation/replacement work is tax allowable- but only if you do it according to the book. If you add a room, or an extension, it is not tax allowable- only renewal/renovation of existing stuff.
Like a new bathroom to replace the old- as well as energy saving stuff.
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All renovation/replacement work is tax allowable- but only if you do it according to the book.
Hi Odile

You mean the entire amount i spend on a renovation is deducted from my income in that year? Also, is it 'by the book' if i do it (tiling, f.ex.) myself?

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Re: renovating a house

For our major house renovation our best money was spent on am excellent project manager. He had done similar projects before and worked with the same set of works men each time.

They might not have been the least expensive choices bit he knew the quality of their work. Also, he coordinated when what kind of labor needed to be done and set up a work plan so that everyone knew when they were needed. No waiting periods in between.

We were extremely satisfied - with both the process and the result. I highly recommend hiring a person like this if you are doing major works.
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I am living in Zug area and am looking for reliable and professional:

- handyman
- painter
- electrician
- plumber
- general contractor

If you worked with one of these and had a good experience,
it would be very helpful to have your feedback and their contact.
As I am in the process of learning German, english or french speakers are a plus at this point

Thank you so much,
Sophie
Highly recommended painter/handyman, etc, in Zug - www.iankarran.com. He's a native English speaker and also speaks French.

Don't take any notice of the misleading advice above - yes, of course you can do work yourself. Whether it's tax-deductible depends on whether it's renovation, improvement or maintenance.
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Hi Odile

You mean the entire amount i spend on a renovation is deducted from my income in that year? Also, is it 'by the book' if i do it (tiling, f.ex.) myself?

Thanks.
Yes- but there is a maximum per year I believe- so our accountant adivised us to spread renovation work over some years.
I have no idea how it works if you do the work yourself- perhaps the materials but I am not sure. I think part of the reasoning if that you provide work for local artisans. You really should check with an accountant as I honestly do not know.
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Re: renovating a house

As an electrician I can recommend http://www.eteamplus.ch/. They are in Steinhausen.
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Secondly, if you use labour which is not qualified/approved - it is then very difficult to claim the cost off your taxes. All renovation/replacement work is tax allowable- but only if you do it according to the book. If you add a room, or an extension, it is not tax allowable- only renewal/renovation of existing stuff.
Like a new bathroom to replace the old- as well as energy saving stuff.
Also to be noted that the replacement must be like for like. For example if you replace your manual garage door with a motorised one the tax authorities will allow the cost for the replacement of the door, but not for the added motor (which you can deduct as a value-adding cost when you sell your house for at some time in the future....).

Another example would be if, for example, you replaced a vinyl floor with parkett. The tax people would allow the cost of replacing the vinyl floor with vinyl, but anything on top of that is considered to be adding value and would not be allowed.

You just need to ensure that your tradespeople write their invoices correctly!
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Also check with your gemeinde whether any work might need planning permission. Indoor stuff is okay I think, but if you're planning changes/additions outside they'll probably need planning consent.
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Re: renovating a house

Hello Sophie ,

If you still looking for some help,I will be happy to help you .
I'm quite sure i will be able to help you with a lot's of the work around your home .
IF you have to make a request into the Gemeinde for a specific Bau-Bewiligung ,I do speak German and I can help you with that part also .

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Dear Peter,

I suggest you give me your number so we can call each other to see the possibilities of working together.

Kind regards,
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As an electrician I can recommend http://www.eteamplus.ch/. They are in Steinhausen.

Thank you so much for the recommendation.
Could you also tell me which language your electrician speaks
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Highly recommended painter/handyman, etc, in Zug - www.iankarran.com. He's a native English speaker and also speaks French.

Don't take any notice of the misleading advice above - yes, of course you can do work yourself. Whether it's tax-deductible depends on whether it's renovation, improvement or maintenance.

Thank you for the recommendation, dear!
Sophie
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Thank you so much for the recommendation.
Could you also tell me which language your electrician speaks
Thank you for the recommendation, dear.
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