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Zurich move in July

Hi, new to this forum : ) I am trying to make sense of renting in Zurich as my partner just got offered a job in Zurich starting in July and would appreciate any help.

We were planning on coming over for a couple of days at the start of June to choose areas and then again for a couple of days in the week of June 10th to look at specific places. We're thinking to hire a relocation consultant to set up viewings and come with us. It's just the two of us but we have two dogs, one small and one medium sized and I think we have a budget of 3000 to 3500FR so the consultant would have to work within those constraints.

We spoke to some relocation consultants and one said that coming as described above would be fine. The other said it would be difficult to find somewhere like that and we should find temporary accommodation and look for somewhere while we were there. She said most likely we would not find anywhere until September when most people leave.

So, I'm wondering - what's the best approach. Plan A - visit over a couple of weekends in June or Plan B get temporary accommodation and aim to move in or hopefully before September?
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Re: Zurich move in July

Hi,
Welcome to Switzerland.

I got the impression over the years, that many people move flats beginning of September, so you might get lucky by trying to get hold of one of those flats by searching during the summer.

Good luck in your search.
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Re: Zurich move in July

Getting temporary accommodation then searching while here is generally the way to go, but with two dogs, temporary accommodation might not be possible, or very difficult. Perhaps staggering the move so one comes ahead and the other stays behind with dogs for a few months could be considered.
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Hi,
Welcome to Switzerland.

I got the impression over the years, that many people move flats beginning of September, so you might get lucky by trying to get hold of one of those flats by searching during the summer.

Good luck in your search.
Thanks - good advice.

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Getting temporary accommodation then searching while here is generally the way to go, but with two dogs, temporary accommodation might not be possible, or very difficult. Perhaps staggering the move so one comes ahead and the other stays behind with dogs for a few months could be considered.
Thank you. We'll have a think about that.

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Old 07.05.2019, 22:46
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Re: Zurich move in July

As has been said a few times before, there are 'befristet' limited rentals available at lower than their full potential cost, because they're either due to be refurbished or demolished. I found them to be a really cost efficient way of getting a decent place until you find your feet in the area, and decide whereabouts you really want to be.

As an example, there's this little beauty a couple of kms from me for CHF 2,190. https://en.comparis.ch/immobilien/ma.../show/20972227 Swiss locals tend to not go for these as they prefer long term homes. For that particular one, you would have about a 30 min commute into the city centre, and you would have to ask if dogs would be allowed, but it's been available for a fair few months now, and is couple of minutes from some great woodland walks.

There are currently 30 'befristet' properties available within a 7km radius of Zurich city centre, that have 2 bedrooms (3.5), a balcony or terrace, and are within your budget. 11 of those allow pets, but you can always ask the question. Good luck!

https://en.comparis.ch/immobilien/re...ull%7D&sort=11
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Re: Zurich move in July

Thanks for the tip. I guess these would be for longer period than just for July and August if we were looking to move in September?
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we have two dogs, one small and one medium sized
Just in case this has not yet hit your radar:

ZH canton has BSL in force, banning 8 dog breeds and any dog mixed with those.
If your dog happens to be one of those breeds or mixes, look for housing in one of the surrounding cantons.

If you already know this, or if your dog's breed is not one affected, then ignore me.

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I moved to Zürich many years ago with 2 dogs in tow. As we knew nothing about Switzerland, spoke no German, sites like Homegate did not exist back then, and had relocation support from OH's company, so we used a relo consultant.

We were under tight time constraints, and it became clear that temporary housing with two dogs wasn't going to fly. So we had the consultant search out houses with gardens allowing multiple dogs and set the appointments up for a quick pre-move visit. We saw three houses, the only properties in the entire canton that fit our needs, and chose one that day. I went home (OH stayed to work), packed up the dogs, and the rest is history.

Key in our case was being willing to compromise on the location and house to prioritise the dogs and garden. As so few properties allowed multiple dogs, we realised that location was not going to be our call, we had to live wherever we found a house. The house we found was rather run down, but the garden glorious. While I was a tad depressed moving into a house that was, let's just say... nothing to be proud of, I soon came to appreciate the fact that it wasn't very nice because I didn't have to worry much about doggy wear and tear.

Moral of the story is: When you have more than one dog, compromise may be needed. Put together your list of priorities, and if you use a relo consultant make darn sure that person is his or herself a 'doggy person' and fully understands your needs.

Good luck with the move!
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I guess these would be for longer period than just for July and August if we were looking to move in September?
They are each available for different lengths of time, from 4 weeks or until sometime next year.

There are currently 324 long term houses and apartments available within 8km of Zurich Hauptbahnhof that are within your CHF 3,500 budget, and also accept pets. You need to work out which have the facilities and transport links you can live with, whilst also seeing if they are approriate for your dogs. Of those, I would honestly say that you have until the end of this month to view them and get the ball rolling. Swiss agents prefer to take about 4 weeks to get the paperwork in order before releasing the keys.

With our first apartment, even though it was vacant possession, it still took 3 weeks to complete the paperwork, and they told us it was the fastest that they'd even completed a rental contract. That was all with me on the ground and hand delivering every bit of paperwork they needed, to make sure we got the apartment by the 1st of the month.
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Thanks - really kind of you to take the time to write such a thorough post. Our dogs are labradoodles so unless being licked to death is restricted I think they'll be ok.

It seems most people's advice is that we come over before the dogs and get temporary housing until first week of September and aim to move then. We'll use a relocation consultant to help us find places and explain our situation. The dogs are really well behaved - only issue is they bark when the front door is knocked on so we're going intensive training to stop that before we get to Zurich!

Thanks - that's super useful information! : )
I think we are going to come over before the dogs and get temporary housing i.e. an airbnb until first week of September and aim to move then. We'll use a relocation consultant to help us find places and explain our situation but your tip re: looking out for 'befristet' apartments is a great one and we'll look out for some then.

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Hi, new to this forum : ) I am trying to make sense of renting in Zurich as my partner just got offered a job in Zurich starting in July and would appreciate any help.

We were planning on coming over for a couple of days at the start of June to choose areas and then again for a couple of days in the week of June 10th to look at specific places. We're thinking to hire a relocation consultant to set up viewings and come with us. It's just the two of us but we have two dogs, one small and one medium sized and I think we have a budget of 3000 to 3500FR so the consultant would have to work within those constraints.

We spoke to some relocation consultants and one said that coming as described above would be fine. The other said it would be difficult to find somewhere like that and we should find temporary accommodation and look for somewhere while we were there. She said most likely we would not find anywhere until September when most people leave.

So, I'm wondering - what's the best approach. Plan A - visit over a couple of weekends in June or Plan B get temporary accommodation and aim to move in or hopefully before September?
up to 3500 CHF. Should not be a problem as long as you can compromise with locality.The dogs could also limit your choice
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Re: Zurich move in July

Hi,
I'm also moving to Zurich in July and really looking forward to it
I'd like to thank Blueangel for the useful info with tips'n'tricks, will look into those.
I've rented from Vision apartments for the first month while I look around. Not sure if they allow pets, but could be worth asking?
https://visionapartments.com
Br, Paul
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Re: Zurich move in July

I'm hoping to move in July... if my house purchase goes through.

If so, there will be my apartment in Altstetten, which allows dogs, available...

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As has been said a few times before, there are 'befristet' limited rentals available at lower than their full potential cost, because they're either due to be refurbished or demolished. I found them to be a really cost efficient way of getting a decent place until you find your feet in the area, and decide whereabouts you really want to be.

As an example, there's this little beauty a couple of kms from me for CHF 2,190. https://en.comparis.ch/immobilien/ma.../show/20972227 Swiss locals tend to not go for these as they prefer long term homes. For that particular one, you would have about a 30 min commute into the city centre, and you would have to ask if dogs would be allowed, but it's been available for a fair few months now, and is couple of minutes from some great woodland walks.

There are currently 30 'befristet' properties available within a 7km radius of Zurich city centre, that have 2 bedrooms (3.5), a balcony or terrace, and are within your budget. 11 of those allow pets, but you can always ask the question. Good luck!
Great advise! These "befristet" objects, how can you see the time period available for renting? In the example you gave us, i can not see anywhere if this is just a short term lease. It just says when its available.
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Great advise! These "befristet" objects, how can you see the time period available for renting? In the example you gave us, i can not see anywhere if this is just a short term lease. It just says when its available.
In case of the above linked object it is mentioned in the title and actually only in the title: Till end of March 2020. Btw. the price has just been reduced. It is now down to CHF 1'980.
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Thanks - great advice!
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they bark when the front door is knocked
The whole point of having dogs, surely
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