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Difficult / Stressful / Inconvenient (exemplify) 6 75.00%
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How do you find the process of searching for a new apartment?

How do you find the process of searching for a new apartment?
Difficult? Stressful? Easy?

If it's not easy, then what exactly is not easy for you?
What would make it easy?
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Old 09.07.2021, 14:13
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Re: How do you find the process of searching for a new apartment?

What makes it easy is knowing the owner (my former employer).

Also, knowing people. When a third garage came up for rent, the owner offered it first to me, as I already had two of his!

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Re: How do you find the process of searching for a new apartment?

The only thing that makes it easy, for sure, is being willing and able to rent in the luxury segment. Outside of that, the search for a flat is hard work, and a long and tedious process for most people.

It helps to be willing to move further out of the cities and, of course, being prepared to compromise on some of one's criteria. And telling everyone you know that you're looking. (added after reading Tom's comment, above).

In any case, have all your documents ready and supply by the fastest possible method, with no delay.
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Old 09.07.2021, 14:49
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Re: How do you find the process of searching for a new apartment?

I found it frustrating because, for one thing, we had a really hard time finding a place that we actually wanted. So many of the apartments available were outdated or would have something we liked but other features we hated. And then of course, when we did find a nice place, there were often many other people also applying for it. We've moved twice, here in CH, and each time, it took us quite a few months to find the right place. We're now in a nice-sized apartment with a large, private garden near a beautiful lake, and if I have my way about it, we won't ever be moving again.
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Re: How do you find the process of searching for a new apartment?

While I had heard how difficult it is to find a place in Zurich, I must have been incredibly fortunate that I totally fell in love with the first flat I viewed, and 9 years later still a very happy tenant with the best landlord one could wish for and really, really nice neighbors. We all get along so well The landlord does a good job in choosing his tenants Plus I have a dog so I am extra lucky I guess as I hear having a pet can make it difficult sometimes.

Considering I was the only non-Swiss applicant (and there were many viewers!), I think what helped was:
- have a letter from HR from my employer with my work degree (100%) and that I have an open contract. I think my salary was mentioned as well, but I am no banker so nothing crazy but comfortable.
- submitted two reference letters from former landlords who detailed out that I had been a responsible tenant and kept the place very clean.
- on the viewing day itself, interacted with the landlord and his wife and probably left a good impression
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Old 09.07.2021, 15:15
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Re: How do you find the process of searching for a new apartment?

Easy. It helps having a German name, a solid income and investing a bit of time in the application so it is complete and tidy. When we moved back here, I visited 5 apartments in one day, and could have gotten each of them.
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Easy. It helps having a German name, a solid income and investing a bit of time in the application so it is complete and tidy. When we moved back here, I visited 5 apartments in one day, and could have gotten each of them.
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What makes it easy is knowing the owner (my former employer).
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Unless your former employer is the biggest verwaltung in town, the situation would prolly change when you move again...or to a different town/canton.




Something that is also not great is trying to match the date you move out of the current ap. with the moving date to the new place so that you don't end up paying rent in both places...
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Re: How do you find the process of searching for a new apartment?

OP, did you mean finding a place to rent or to buy? The replies above are all, I think, about renting.

From another thread of yours, you seem to own at least your parking space (and possibly the apartment that goes with it). That made me wonder why you're researching what might make finding an apartment easier. Do you possibly have an app or service in mind, for helping with the rental (or purchase?) or moving process?
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