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Re: Possibly relocating to Basel with Horses

Seriously examine how much it's going to cost to live where you want to live and to keep the ponies where you want to keep them. In my own example, I came here with a salary that should have left me comfortably better off than back in the States. The end result is that I'm living paycheck to paycheck due to all of the extras that are just a fact of life in CH.

I'm not sure about horse feed costs, but dog food is a lot more expensive here. Much cheaper in France or Germany, but kind of a hassle to have to plan to go get it when the Swiss store is just around the corner. Taxes are lower in CH but the costs of compulsory health insurance, a bill for this, a bill for that, speeding tickets (which can't be avoided), groceries, housing, just piles up very fast.

I'd try to forecast how much those extras are going to cost you. You can also use Comparis.ch to evaluate the costs of health care premiums and insurances. Then it's up to you to determine if the job benefits are worth the relo.

Good luck!
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Re: Possibly relocating to Basel with Horses

For Zurich people who are looking for less expensive stabling, I believe I saw a little sign for horse boxes available at the dairy farm at Hönggerberg 80 (8049) by the ETH campus.

There are only a small number of horses their, but the area is beautiful. I used to ride (no money for it here- so expensive) so I just happened to notice while I was walking by enjoying the pretty ponies.
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