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Moving out: Make repairs before or after

Hi All,

I'm moving out of my current apartment in two months time. After 4 years we have damaged a few items, e.g. chip in enamel of bath, water damage to 30cm square of parquet floor, small chip out of granite kitchen worktop.

I know we have insurance but I am not sure how to go about claiming for repairs. Do I fix stuff before I hand in my notice or do I wait and go through checkout and then get things fixed?

Im getting sleepless nights. Can someone please explain the best way to go about it.

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Old 29.01.2019, 01:11
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Re: Moving out: Make repairs before or after

Personally I'd would just let it be till handover and landlord will fix all, and you pass the bills unto your insurance.
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Re: Moving out: Make repairs before or after

Thanks. If I can avoid hassle but still get claims paid i would prefer to go this route. Im just not clear if I leave the damage until I move out is it still covered?
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Re: Moving out: Make repairs before or after

When does your policy cover you until?
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Re: Moving out: Make repairs before or after

Make sure your insurance is still running on the day of the hand-over. I have always tried to fix/cover imperfections -totally arbitary as to what the landlord will notice - from that point of view having something fixed in advance may not be worth it -flats are often repainted between tenants. We have found it worthwhile to discuss this with the landlord before moving out. Normal (in Swiss eyes) wear and tear is allowed but old screw holes should be filled. If you get a firm (who are present at the hand-over) to do the final cleaning, it is a great advantage - the one time we did not do this, the landlord went around the flat with a fine tooth comb.
Always take photos when you move into a flat for future reference
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Re: Moving out: Make repairs before or after

Based on advice i've gleaned in this forum well plan on filling holes, cleaning filters changing light bulbs. We are also planning to pay and get an expert from mieterverband zurich to be present for the handover. My german skill are definitely not up to negotiation with the landlords agent over price for damage to floor, bath etc....the property is old and most stuff is over 12 years old so hopefully the presence of a MV expert will reduce any chance of us getting overcharged.

Good tip about making sure insurance covers us until the end. I wasn't sure if i should kick off repairs now so big stuff is also fixed through insurance before handover or wait until the official hand over meeting.
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Thanks. If I can avoid hassle but still get claims paid i would prefer to go this route. Im just not clear if I leave the damage until I move out is it still covered?
Your insurance contract certainly states that you must report the damages when they occur. Whether they accept your claims later on is to be found out.

The owner/agency has no interest in getting the best price for you. So expect to pay more than if you had it done yourself. The parquet floor is likely to have significant residual value (it's written off over 30 or 40 years if memory serves) so you're probably liable for the full repair costs. That may mean it's better to have that done yourself.
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Re: Moving out: Make repairs before or after

Just a quick suggestion that saved me 300 chf - I also chipped the enamel in the tub. Got a repair quote and decided to fix it myself with a DIY kit (literally the same Kit the repairman was going to use I later found out).

A few videos on YouTube and you can’t even tell there was damage to the tub. I got permission from the landlord first, and the Hauswart gave it a thumbs up afterward.

Might be worth checking out what you can repair yourself - if you’re up to the task!
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Thanks for the tip. I’ll check out some videos and see what it entails.
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Re: Moving out: Make repairs before or after

Any tips on how to fix my problem for the rear wall of a bathroom cabinet? The cabinet is white and max 5 years old.

1) paint came off while removing a piece of scotch tape (so, tiny affected portion)

2) oil or moisture stain (small spots in 3 places)


I did an online research, still haven't found anything conclusive yet.
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Re: Moving out: Make repairs before or after

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Any tips on how to fix my problem for the rear wall of a bathroom cabinet? The cabinet is white and max 5 years old.

1) paint came off while removing a piece of scotch tape (so, tiny affected portion)

2) oil or moisture stain (small spots in 3 places)


I did an online research, still haven't found anything conclusive yet.
I remember doing the handover with our agent and he seemed to just pick numbers out of the sky to charge back to the previous renter - one would imagine there should be some kind of "blue book" to base damages on
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Any tips on how to fix my problem for the rear wall of a bathroom cabinet? The cabinet is white and max 5 years old.

1) paint came off while removing a piece of scotch tape (so, tiny affected portion)

2) oil or moisture stain (small spots in 3 places)
The rear wall of a bathroom cabinet? Isn't that surface against the wall?

For the tiny portion affected by the tape removal that needs to be white, you could try carefully with correcting fluid.
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The rear wall of a bathroom cabinet? Isn't that surface against the wall?

Yes, in German is "Rückwand". I do hope there's a short word (or max 2 words) for that in English
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