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What are the basic amenities available in rented apartments?

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I am moving to zurich end of this month.Was wondering what all household belongings I should transport. Could somebody let me know if most of the apartments available for rent in zurich have wardrobes in them.What about fridge/microwave/washer/dryer?
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Re: What are the basic amenities available in rented apartments in Zurich?

man, i have NEVER seen so much places that have wardrobes/ storage already located in a flat like in zürich/switzerland. nearly all friends places i have visited do have at least one wardrobe in the flat. i could offer 50% of my wardrobes, shelfes for storage because i dont even own so much stuff to put into. and its not blocking the rooms, its kind of "hidden" in the walls. and so you dont have any certain style (antique, vintage, modern or ikea) just nice fitting stuff.
BUT: i wont promise you that its to your liking, fitting to your expactation or what have you...
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Re: What are the basic amenities available in rented apartments in Zurich?

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I am moving to zurich end of this month.Was wondering what all household belongings I should transport. Could somebody let me know if most of the apartments available for rent in zurich have wardrobes in them.What about fridge/microwave/washer/dryer?
you also don't need to worry about a fridge - it's included in every kitchen. but not the microwave.
re washer/dryer: if there is not one in your apartment there is ALWAYS a washer/dryer available in the house to share for everyone living there. sometimes you need to make washing day appointments, in other places you can just go and wash/dry your clothes whenever you want.
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Re: What are the basic amenities available in rented apartments in Zurich?

I don't know if I agree that most places have wardrobes - perhaps compared with other parts of Switzerland.

One really weird thing (I think) about Switzerland is that when you move into a flat, you need to set up your lighting. You have lighting in the kitchen and bathroom, but otherwise you will need an electrician if you want to simply switch on the light in any given room, since tenants have to block up the ceiling lights on vacating the flat and the new tenant has to reinstall them each time.

As I have seen noted elsewhere, dishwashers are (weirdly) more common than washing machines in a flat, although there are always communal washing machines available. Kitchens come equipped with ovens and hobs, fridge, freezer (?), perhaps a microwave, perhaps a steamer, plus all cupboards.

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Re: What are the basic amenities available in rented apartments in Zurich?

Check some of the rental sites (homegate.ch, etc.). They usually have pictures with the listings and you can see for yourself.

Standard (in my experience) is stove/oven/fridge with freezer. Many have dishwashers but have seen older/smaller flats without them. Haven't seen any places (personally) with microwaves. Also as was previously mentioned, Washer/dryer access (in our building we each have our own in a private wash/storage room). Have actually never seen a place with the wardrobe included. Every place I've ever seen they are a personal item of furniture that you provide.

The light thing is a bit of a pain in the beginning. But at least the place can feel more personal that way.
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Re: What are the basic amenities available in rented apartments in Zurich?

but the light fittings are actually quite simple.. I did all the fittings myself (never done anything like that before) in about 30 minutes ..
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Re: What are the basic amenities available in rented apartments in Zurich?

Two of three flats I lived in when in Geneva had fitted wardrobes, in both cases it was a 60's block, the 30's one I lived did not have that.

The flat in the older building had a washing machine whilst the flats in the newer buildings had a laundry. I don't know about one because that's where I grew up and I had no concern about that kind of stuff, my mum being in charge but the other one, there was some kind of schedule which I ignored as did quite a few other and did my stuff late in the evening, as no one could notice any noise. Past 10pm, the old moaners are in bed anyway...

Oh...look out for the bidet
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Re: What are the basic amenities available in rented apartments in Zurich?

Thanks for all the replies.I am moving from czech republic and things are much cheaper here than in zurich.Just wanted an overview of what all I should be getting before moving.One more question.How long does it take to get internet connection and phone installed ?
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Thanks for all the replies.I am moving from czech republic and things are much cheaper here than in zurich.Just wanted an overview of what all I should be getting before moving.One more question.How long does it take to get internet connection and phone installed ?
You can get phone connection in 24 hours (express service) and internet say one week.
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What comes in a standard kitchen?

Hi everyone,
I wonder what is / is not included in that kitchen.
I am getting nowhere trying to find out that info from an agent.
Any idea?
In case there is no cooker - is it possible to buy a second-hand one somewhere in Fribourg area? Is it possible that the kitchen is completely empty (no cupboards, sink etc..)?
Thanks a lot!
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Re: What comes in a standard kitchen?

Kitchens normally come equipped with a stove, fridge, etc.
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Hi everyone,
I wonder what is / is not included in that kitchen.
I am getting nowhere trying to find out that info from an agent.
Any idea?
In case there is no cooker - is it possible to buy a second-hand one somewhere in Fribourg area? Is it possible that the kitchen is completely empty (no cupboards, sink etc..)?
Thanks a lot!
WSF
You have to check the advert. Sometimes there is nothing in the kitchen except for connections to hot and cold water, a connection for the waste pipe and a hole in the wall higher up for an extractor fan.

If the above then you have to pay for a fitted kitchen.
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Re: What comes in a standard kitchen?

Hi WSF,
99.9% of the flats have equipped kitchens. In the smaller flats, a dish washer can be installed or not. In more recent flats, it generally is, in older flats it may not be.
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Re: What comes in a standard kitchen?

If the flat you intend to rent does not include fridge, cooker, oven, dishwasher and sink, you need to think of the inconvenience and expense later when you move in and out. Would you want to take it all out again when you move out, especially if you're moving to a fully equipped flat? You might be 'persuaded' to sell it all at a ridiculously low price to the next tenant (or flat owner).
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Re: What comes in a standard kitchen?

As a rule, rental properties (at least in the German part of Switzerland) include a fully equipped kitchen. Depending on how new the property is, this may or may not include a dishwasher, but today this is more or less standard equipment. A stove and fridge or fridge/freezer is always included.
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Re: What comes in a standard kitchen?

In Geneva there are quite a few flats that do not have equipped kitchen (in French this is called 'cuisince equipée' as opposed to 'cuisine agencée' -- the latter is a kitchen with cupboards and all kitchen elements except stove/fridge and other electrical appliances).

Both flats that we have lived in so far had unequipped kitchens and we had to buy appliances, but actually for me it is a better deal because you get to choose your own appliances (a very big fridge for me is a must) and you also do not have to call the owner when something gets broken. Some of my friends had to wait for weeks for a broken fridge or stove to be fixed or replaced, so I personally prefer to rent a kitchen which is not equipped.
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Re: What comes in a standard kitchen?

Dear All,
Firstly - thanks for all your replies!
Secondly - my original question was not exactly like the thread title, and it was changed by a moderator.
Anyway - I have seen an advert stating: "CUISINE AGENCEE NON EQUIPEE" and I did not understand that. For example - does it have the standard cooker, fridge and cupboards, but no microwave and dishwasher? Or maybe it is just totally empty, as described by RolandRB?
When I get more info, I will report.
Cheers! WSF
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Dear All,
Firstly - thanks for all your replies!
Secondly - my original question was not exactly like the thread title, and it was changed by a moderator.
Anyway - I have seen an advert stating: "CUISINE AGENCEE NON EQUIPEE" and I did not understand that. For example - does it have the standard cooker, fridge and cupboards, but no microwave and dishwasher? Or maybe it is just totally empty, as described by RolandRB?
When I get more info, I will report.
Cheers! WSF
Not totally empty. If you want to see "totally empty" then rent a place in southern Germany. "agencee non equipee" sounds like it has kitchen cupboards and a sink but no electrical appliances such as a cooker and a fridge.
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