Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Help & tips > Housing in general  
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #201  
Old 24.11.2020, 16:55
newtoswitz's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Rapperswil
Posts: 3,754
Groaned at 75 Times in 70 Posts
Thanked 4,537 Times in 2,076 Posts
newtoswitz has a reputation beyond reputenewtoswitz has a reputation beyond reputenewtoswitz has a reputation beyond reputenewtoswitz has a reputation beyond reputenewtoswitz has a reputation beyond reputenewtoswitz has a reputation beyond repute
Re: General property buying question(s)

Quote:
View Post
Not sure if serious. Does everyone realize that ASBESTOS scare is only pertinent when asbestos is airborne? You have to inhale asbestos for years to develop the problems. The asbestos disposal fees in CH are laughably low.
Unless you are going to scrape your roof tiles or brick walls compulsively and inhale the fibers there is no danger of you ever coming in contact with asbestos.
The assumption when buying a house is that it's a long term investment.

Let's say you get a 20k quote for a bathroom refit and then find there's an extra fee of 100k to sort out an asbestos problem. You'd be pretty unhappy about ignoring the potential asbestos issue or not taking it into account in the property value.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank newtoswitz for this useful post:
  #202  
Old 24.11.2020, 17:09
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Jul 2020
Location: Up there over the fog
Posts: 2,406
Groaned at 311 Times in 227 Posts
Thanked 2,590 Times in 1,300 Posts
JackieH has a reputation beyond reputeJackieH has a reputation beyond reputeJackieH has a reputation beyond reputeJackieH has a reputation beyond reputeJackieH has a reputation beyond reputeJackieH has a reputation beyond repute
Re: General property buying question(s)

A friend who was Senior Manager in big insurance firm told me about 20 years ago he would not buy anything in the Alps at the time. We all thought he was a bit silly and dramatic, but now, with permafrost going- I think he was spot on.
Reply With Quote
  #203  
Old 24.11.2020, 21:57
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: ZH
Posts: 8,158
Groaned at 97 Times in 78 Posts
Thanked 12,629 Times in 5,123 Posts
doropfiz has a reputation beyond reputedoropfiz has a reputation beyond reputedoropfiz has a reputation beyond reputedoropfiz has a reputation beyond reputedoropfiz has a reputation beyond reputedoropfiz has a reputation beyond repute
Re: General property buying question(s)

Quote:
View Post
Look at this one for example in Wallis (half the nice photos gone as it has been sold). CHF 244k, small and tidy. Cute garden with grill area. Was recently renovated. Right next to Zermatt, 15min by bicycle. I was thinking of buying it but it is in a proven stone fall area.
Wow, that certainly does look rather lovely.
But falling stones and landslides? No, thank yer! Good for you for having done your research.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank doropfiz for this useful post:
  #204  
Old 24.11.2020, 22:46
Banned
 
Join Date: Oct 2020
Location: Basel
Posts: 130
Groaned at 50 Times in 24 Posts
Thanked 147 Times in 87 Posts
BoredToDeath has become a little unpopularBoredToDeath has become a little unpopular
Re: General property buying question(s)

Quote:
View Post
The assumption when buying a house is that it's a long term investment.

Let's say you get a 20k quote for a bathroom refit and then find there's an extra fee of 100k to sort out an asbestos problem. You'd be pretty unhappy about ignoring the potential asbestos issue or not taking it into account in the property value.
Thanks for another scary ASBESTOS story.

I bought a house from 1969 with some asbestos in a bathroom adhesive and in corrugated cement roof. Contractor quotes were the same as a usual roof replacement plus disposal fee for asbestos sheeting, which came to an extra few 100s.
Reply With Quote
  #205  
Old 25.11.2020, 00:38
newtoswitz's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Rapperswil
Posts: 3,754
Groaned at 75 Times in 70 Posts
Thanked 4,537 Times in 2,076 Posts
newtoswitz has a reputation beyond reputenewtoswitz has a reputation beyond reputenewtoswitz has a reputation beyond reputenewtoswitz has a reputation beyond reputenewtoswitz has a reputation beyond reputenewtoswitz has a reputation beyond repute
Re: General property buying question(s)

Quote:
View Post
Thanks for another scary ASBESTOS story.

I bought a house from 1969 with some asbestos in a bathroom adhesive and in corrugated cement roof. Contractor quotes were the same as a usual roof replacement plus disposal fee for asbestos sheeting, which came to an extra few 100s.
Asbestos sheeting is not a big deal, particularly if external, as they don't need protective equipment etc.

However, if it requires mechanical removal it's a different story, they have to effectively use full personal protection and a cleanroom setup to avoid filling the rest of the house with asbestos dust.

One of the biggest challenges is asbestos containing adhesive used for tiles, which naturally is hard to remove without creating significant dust. I've removed tiles in my kitchen and bathroom (not with an asbestos problem), and went through packs of N95 masks in the process.
Reply With Quote
  #206  
Old 25.11.2020, 08:46
Talk to you later's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Aug 2020
Location: ZH
Posts: 1,563
Groaned at 71 Times in 37 Posts
Thanked 2,923 Times in 1,058 Posts
Talk to you later has a reputation beyond reputeTalk to you later has a reputation beyond reputeTalk to you later has a reputation beyond reputeTalk to you later has a reputation beyond reputeTalk to you later has a reputation beyond reputeTalk to you later has a reputation beyond repute
Re: General property buying question(s)

Quote:
View Post
A friend who was Senior Manager in big insurance firm told me about 20 years ago he would not buy anything in the Alps at the time. We all thought he was a bit silly and dramatic, but now, with permafrost going- I think he was spot on.

I am a mountain guy and sunny beaches don't appeal to me. I like the peace, solitude and breathtaking beauty of the mountains. Maybe I need to reconsider retiring in Southern Europe!

Permafrost will definitely impact the Alps, but they won't all crumble in my lifetime. So I could technically avoid areas with potential issues but my budget makes it a lot harder.


From my POV-
- Retiring in the Alps = Win
- Retiring in Southern Europe = Draw
- Moving back to UK = Failure
Reply With Quote
  #207  
Old 25.11.2020, 09:14
Talk to you later's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Aug 2020
Location: ZH
Posts: 1,563
Groaned at 71 Times in 37 Posts
Thanked 2,923 Times in 1,058 Posts
Talk to you later has a reputation beyond reputeTalk to you later has a reputation beyond reputeTalk to you later has a reputation beyond reputeTalk to you later has a reputation beyond reputeTalk to you later has a reputation beyond reputeTalk to you later has a reputation beyond repute
Re: General property buying question(s)

Quote:
View Post
Wow, that certainly does look rather lovely.
But falling stones and landslides? No, thank yer! Good for you for having done your research.

Here you can see what I mean about creeping stones. The house is bottom right-hand corner. Lot of trees seem to have been destroyed over time.




View from above




All this waiting to fall down one day, or maybe it will never fall. To get an idea of the scale, look at the humans. I don't know if I made the right decision but constantly worrying about the possibility of stone fall did not appeal to me


I wonder if the buyer bought it without knowing or were they willing to risk it?


Reply With Quote
  #208  
Old 04.12.2020, 15:18
squeezethecroc's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2020
Location: Wallis
Posts: 296
Groaned at 6 Times in 5 Posts
Thanked 467 Times in 200 Posts
squeezethecroc has a reputation beyond reputesqueezethecroc has a reputation beyond reputesqueezethecroc has a reputation beyond reputesqueezethecroc has a reputation beyond repute
Re: General property buying question(s)

For those who are still interested in buying property in the mountains:
https://www.agtenimmobilien.ch/kauf/...rn-von-bratsch
Reply With Quote
Reply




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
General pointer for buying second hand car in switzerland shukibuki Transportation/driving 8 21.09.2016 12:24
Question about buying a property/mortgage sylwia Finance/banking/taxation 12 28.08.2016 23:09
General Buying a Car Help! edfollett Transportation/driving 7 26.09.2012 10:18
Buying property - tips on property surveyance Taffy Housing in general 2 19.05.2010 12:05
General Q&A on buying a new car moumita Transportation/driving 37 03.04.2008 09:45


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 15:55.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0