Re: Leaving your apartment - what to plan/budget
Over 5 years you do not need to repaint (usually). A white magic eraser sponge does wonders for marks on your walls to maybe avoid repainting.
Cleaning company costs can vary, but you get what you pay for. Make sure you get one that offers a guarantee - that you will receive your deposit back. We paid $1100 for a 3 bedroom.
Also, budgeting for the move. Our mover quoted us 8 hours with a ceiling cap of 10. Lucky we had that because they took well over 12. How they estimated 8 hours is beyond me (I even told him I thought that was too little but he insisted). And don't get too cheap a mover. I did that the first time moving from one building to the next...they weren't careful with our goods.
Also the last move with the more reputable movers, they tried to get us to pay more for 'heavy items', but that was bollacks. We stood our ground and just offered them a tip since they had been sweating it out for almost 14 hours.
There are some websites in Switzerland where you submit your info once and get a quote from 3 or more movers. They can vary widely in price.