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Old 07.11.2008, 22:04
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Any tips on moving in tomorrow?

Hi all,

Well, we're finally getting possession of our apartment tomorrow and we have a meeting with the hauswart for handover purposes. Yay!

As we haven't done this before (and we'll be busy concentrating on translating our hauswart's swiss german) we would appreciate any tips anyone may have or any red flags we should be aware of during the inspection.

We've done a quick search for similar threads but didn't come up with anything, so sorry if there is already something out there. (We left it a little late, I know!)

So, any tips?

kadie
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Re: Any tips on moving in tomorrow?

Hi kadie - my advice is check everything! We have been caught out before on things like windows not opening due to broken clips, not discovering this until after the handover and then being told it is our problem.

I would turn on every light, open every window, turn on every tap, look for scratches, marks on walls or floors, check the oven and cooktops work, check the fans, - basically when you hand it back it needs to be perfect, so make sure it is perfect when you move in!

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Re: Any tips on moving in tomorrow?

Just keep an eye open on every detail, my advice is. Most likely you will have a week or two to discover any defects on the flat and make sure you reported them. Sooner is better. Other than that, just when moving, putting together the furnitures or whatever noisy enterpraise you up to, make sure that you are done by 22h00. It is usually a rule in urban area and maybe less observed in the rural parts of Switzerland, but bear in mind that folks might be sensitive Good luck with it!

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Re: Any tips on moving in tomorrow?

You can also visit homegate.ch and you will see some tips around handover and change of address. All you need to do etc. Don't hesitate to check each and every little thing while they show you or kind of hand over you the place.

Have a good stay!!
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Hi all,

Well, we're finally getting possession of our apartment tomorrow and we have a meeting with the hauswart for handover purposes. Yay!

As we haven't done this before (and we'll be busy concentrating on translating our hauswart's swiss german) we would appreciate any tips anyone may have or any red flags we should be aware of during the inspection.

We've done a quick search for similar threads but didn't come up with anything, so sorry if there is already something out there. (We left it a little late, I know!)

So, any tips?

kadie
The most important piece of advice, be sure there is an inspection report, something in writing, with a signed copy for you. This is a standard form (most use the ones from the HEV) on which the condition and defects are noted. There are columns to be ticked and a place for comments. If there is no inspection report, this is big trouble later on, so insist on this before you accept the keys. Sometimes the report given to you will be the one that was prepared when the previous tenant moved out, if this was quite recently. Bring a digital camera or a mobile phone that has a camera, just in case. You are expected to leave the place in the same condition that you took it over, and pictures speak louder than words. If there is a garden, take a photo. This is one area that cannot be described well with words.

Pay particular attention to how the keys given to you are noted on that report. It should list the key name and number on the key and the quantity. Mailbox keys often do not have a name or number and can sometimes be copied, unlike door keys. Door keys are the serious ones.

Be thorough but do not go overboard and remember that the Hauswart is someone you are going to need in future. You have 10 days from when you take the apartment over to discover hidden defects. What does this mean? It is something you could not have reasonably checked during the inspection. For example, if there is a dishwasher, you are not going to run it through a full cycle during the inspection. But you may discover later that it leaks. Make sure all the burners on the cooktop work. Check the fridge for cracked shelves, etc. Turn on all the taps, especially the shower, to be sure they function and do not leak when turned off. Flush the toilet. Fully open and close all the shutters and windows. Probably there are no central fixtures in some rooms, but perhaps a switch that controls a wall outlet. If you want to check that these work, bring a lamp. Open all closets and cabinets and look for broken hinges or stains. Check the sink and tub for chips. Check all counter surfaces for damage which is best done with the counter at eye level.

Pay particular attention to how any holes made by the previous tenant have been filled. Look at the flooring for deep scratches, discolored patches especially near the doors or a moisture source.

The age of the apartment is a factor in its condition, with older places having more signs of wear and tear unless they have been renovated.

Good luck and hope all goes smoothly.
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