Relocating to Switzerland

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Once you decide your moving, then you have to figure out, “where do I live?”
This can be quite complex especially when you do not know the country, region and laws. With many factors including location, commuting, schools, transportation, language barriers, it makes moving all the more stressful.

One of the greatest challenges expats have who relocate to the Geneva region, is finding a quality accommodation. While hotels may be a quick fix for very short term stays, costs add up quickly. Families who stay in hotels may also find themselves cramped both literally and figuratively.

The most chosen alternative, by over 70 percent of the city’s population, is renting a home. The majority of accommodation options for expats relocating to Geneva are found in apartment buildings. While apartments tend to be small, the quality is excellent.

For families who require larger properties, looking further away from the city center offers more options. These neighborhoods include Cologny, Coppet, Meyrin, Grand-Saconnex, Veyrier, Carouge. Lancy and even neighboring France.
The further you are willing to travel, the more options there are.
Mass transportation including trains, buses and ferries across Lake Geneva are a good option and offer easy solutions for people who prefer not to drive.
For people who welcome driving, there are more options available that are in the country and mountainside.

If you have the good fortune of a company relocating you, finding you and your family a home close to your new work location, and completing all the paperwork for you, great! If not, which tends to be the case for the majority of expats relocating here, you will have to do research to prepare yourself.

Once you have determined what area is the best for you, you begin the application process that can be quite time-consuming. Rental laws in Switzerland can be complicated and also have determining factors including length of stay.

Utilities such as electric, gas and water are often not included in contracts, so be certain to check what is included as well as all regulations including trash and recycling. Security deposits, application fees and cleanings may also be required.

For expats who are prepared but may need assistance in finding a place to stay, companies such as locally run, eShortRental ensures hassle-free booking that includes all administration paperwork with terms and conditions that are easy to understand.

Be prepared with as much information as possible including where you work, and what needs you have. For example, how many bedrooms will you need? How far do you want to be from your place of employment? What schools are close for children? What environment is best for you and your family? What is your budget?
How long do you plan to stay? What type of visa will you be on? Are you authorized to live in Switzerland as well as the EU (neighboring countries)? Do you have pets?
Any special needs or requirements?

By providing all of this information, housing companies can help guide you with the property that is best suited for you.

By Carey Taylor

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