Relocating to Zurich - Moving company's you can trust

Relocating to Zurich, Switzerland can provide you with a great opportunity to climb the career ladder, expose yourself to new culture and even learn a new language.  Ranked as a top city in the world to live, Zurich offers a well maintained infrastructure and urban system. Zurich’s old town is rich in history with contemporary ventures including those such as; pastry and wine shops, fashion stores and bookshops.  When making the move to Zurich, you will want to take into consideration a moving company you can trust with your belongings.

Zurich offers a wide variety in the listings of moving companies. It is important to do your research ahead of time before making the final decision. This can include researching previous customer reviews, as well as the company’s website.  According to recent  feedback from previous customers, we’ve compiled a list of quality moving companies in Zurich you can trust. These companies include:

  • All Move
  • Fair Trans
  • Umzug
  • CRU
  • City Transport
  • Behk-Umzug
  • Gimpert Bischof
  • Crown Locations
  • Beat Suter AG- Ubersee-Transport
  • Swiss Moving Service AG
  • Transpack GmbH



After researching the moving company reviews, pick your top three choices and call to set up an appointment for an in home estimate or phone estimate. Each moving company will be able to provide you with an estimate, based on the amount of furniture and personal items you need moved. Ask questions during this time about their pricing and what other services they offer such as packaging, etc. 

Once you have your three estimates, take some additional time in reviewing your choices. Researching companies can pay off in the end when it comes to your move. Ensure your final choice has everything to suit your relocation moves and be sure to provide your own review after the service is complete. This will help others after you making the move to Zurich.[...]

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Swiss License and Registration Requirements

Due to the wide geographic diversity of Switzerland, driving around the countryside requires a bit of diligence on the motorist’s part. This is due in part to the ever-changing environments, like that of a small mountain road to a much larger motorway. Because of these environments, the rules concerning driving are often more complicated than in other countries.



Getting a Swiss Driver’s License

In Switzerland, if you are a foreign driver, you are permitted to use your license for one year. After this time period you must exchange your license for a Swiss one. Any driver who does not end up applying for a Swiss license within their first year must pass a driving test. The minimum age for driving is 8 for cars, and 4 for motorcycles less than 50ccs.

Getting Your Vehicle Registered in Switzerland

In each canton in Switzerland there is an automobile service that helps to issue inspections and vehicle registrations. When you move from one canton to the next you will need to send in your driver’s license and vehicle registration to this service for an update. Upon moving you will want to request a new license from the automobile service to your new canton within 4 days of your relocation.

In order to receive your vehicle registration documents and your number plates you should ensure you have your insurance certificate, a test report form 2.30A for a new vehicle and the registration of the previous owners for a used vehicle.

Typically the canton that is responsible for registering your vehicle is the one where the vehicle is based. This usually means where your vehicle is parked overnight or the same area of your residence.

Getting your license and registering your vehicle are the two most important steps for both new drivers and foreign drivers.[...]

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Real Estate Potential in Zurich

The Swiss Real Estate market may have hit its peak. The momentum they once had is slowly decelerating and growth rates are decreasing all around. With a fall in the value of housing in Zurich, combined with the slowdown of price increases all across Switzerland, this could be the ideal time to invest in Real Estate for those in the market.

During 2000 to 202, the Swiss real estate market saw a huge increase in housing prices throughout the country. This increase was due in part to the monetary easing of interest rates in the late 990s and early 2000s. These reductions in interest rates contributed to the recovery of the real estate market crash in the 990s.

The latest market projections and statistics bring with them a breath of fresh air to those that remember the Swiss market housing crash. With today’s lower interest rates, now may be the perfect time for investors to jump back into the real estate market in Zurich once again.



However ,it’s important for investors to keep in mind that due to the latest market statistics, rental yields in Zurich may start off slowly and on the poor side of things. This is because many Swiss rentals still fall into the poor classification because rental returns or yields are much lower than in other parts of the world. In Zurich, the overall average per square meter for an apartment is around 0,600 EUR, whereas the average rent for the same size apartment is $3,400 per month. This will provide investors with an average yield of 3.22%.

While the market is slowing down, interest rates moving towards an all time low, help to present a viable investing market. It has always been a good rule of thumb for investors to buy low, and sell high, so why should the real estate market be any different?[...]

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How to Relocate with Success in Switzerland

Switzerland has been said to be one of the best places in the world to live in terms of cultural experience and beauty. Many people find it to be an attractive place to live due the positive economic climate, political stability, excellent education and public health systems and of course their enticing tax regime. Any successful relocation to Switzerland requires planning, research and the proper guidance.

Potential residents should be sure to research thoroughly their tax regime and determine which canton will best serve their needs and interests. Once you have considered and determined the canton you which to reside in, you should be sure to obtain the necessary residence permit. In June of 2002, the Swiss government implemented a dual system which varies depending on the origin of the potential resident. This is why it is particularly important to research ahead of time the appropriate actions to be taken prior to your arrival.



Within 8 days of moving to Switzerland, you must report to the registration office where you intend to live. For a foreign individual, it’s important to note that you will be fully subjected to both wealth and income taxation from the date of your original arrival. Establishing residency in Switzerland typically requires that you have spent more than 30 days within the country or you are participating in a gainful activity such as employment. Residents of Switzerland are subjected to both cantonal/ municipal income and wealth taxes, as well as federal income taxes.

There are many different considerations when moving to Switzerland. It’s important to never underestimate the culture shock that could happen upon arrival. Finding a support system in the country is always beneficial to new residents. Ensuring proper planning and research ahead of time on the tax rules and regulations as well as budgeting, will help to ensure success during a move to Switzerland. [...]

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Guide to International Schools in Switzerland

One of the most common reasons that people relocate to Switzerland is for their education system. Aside from the local institutions of public and private schools, a large number of highly renowned international schools in Switzerland provide children with an exceptional education opportunity. Foreign students can still continue their home country curriculum in their own native language.  This is a valuable resource to international students spending only a few years abroad, giving them the cultural experience and keeping them in line with their peers at home.

A vast majority of Switzerland’s large cities have a number of international schools in them, providing both students and parents with a list of choices. Starting the process of enrolling in an international school should be done as soon as possible. Since these schools offer many valuable resources that public and private schools do not, the waiting list can be quite long.

When choosing an international school, parents and students will have the option of either enrolling in a day school or boarding school away from home. The boarding school option may be suitable for families who do not live in a city with an international school available.



Be sure to plan ahead financially when selecting an international school. The costs attached to these institutions typically are higher and will increase as the student ages. There are options however, for parents to plan ahead. This includes soliciting an employer for an educational stipend and scholarships to help pay for all or a portion of a child’s schooling.  The average tuition for secondary students in international schools in Switzerland can be as high as $35,000 CHF per year.

Planning ahead and reviewing the available options for international schools in Switzerland can help open a world of educational experiences for families of all ages.



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Buying Property in Switzerland

If you are planning on relocating to Switzerland, buying the home of your dreams may be a bit more difficult, but it is not out of your reach. Owning a home in Switzerland is a different experience to other countries. In fact, over 60% of people rent their residences. Rising prices in home ownership and a limited housing market have made it difficult for people to find and afford a suitable home.

Swiss properties are now listed for convenience online, as well as local newspapers and property papers around the country. Gaining valuable local knowledge of the location in which you wish to purchase your home can prove to be valuable in your search. One way to do this is to register with one or more local agents, which can increase your access to local properties before they are officially advertised for sale.

Zoning regulations have tightened since 203, so it is important to review these in the area you wish to purchase your home before starting the process. Existing properties may be purchased on agricultural land, and you may even purchase a farm house if you are not an agricultural worker. However there may be more limitations on new constructions or repairs.



Be sure to check local markets on the main property portals online including:

  • Homegate
  • Bekeys
  • ImmoScout24
  • ImmoStreet

Additionally, you have many choices in real estate agencies across the country. Do some research ahead of time to see which agency will suit your needs best. The local agencies available in Switzerland include:

  • SVIT Member Directory
  • Swiss Real Estate Association (SVIT)
  • Swiss Union of Real Estate Professions (USPI)

When you’ve found your new home it will be time to make an offer, agree on the sale, find your mortgage and sign your contract. Expect this entire process to take a bit of time. You cannot purchase the home of your dreams overnight. It is common for the process from start to finish to last 3 months or longer. Budgeting ahead of time for at least 5% of the sale price for any additional charges and fees is a good rule of thumb.[...]

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They can be taught – A guide to Austria’s Education System

 After completing my education in South Africa and starting my journey into the world of job seeking in London, I remember constantly hearing the phrase “I am sorry but you do not have enough experience in this job field”. I would turn away wondering how on earth I am supposed to get any experience if no one will hire someone with no experience? A slight catch 22 if you ask me, which is why I think that Austrians definitely hit the proverbial nail on the head when they decided to opt for a more practice orientated education system

Children start school when they are six years old and go to “Volksschule” or primary school. After four years they continue onto “Gymnasium” or secondary school for another eight years. This is the general compulsory education in Austria, with secondary schools focusing on preparing students to enter a university for advanced academic study. Secondary schooling is broken down into two stages from the age of to 4 and from 5 to 8 years old. The latter includes the high school exit exam, or Matura. 


This type of education dates way back to medieval craftsmen days and is still used as a labour based method of teaching today. Using a theoretical and practical training system, Austria’s youth are professionally trained in companies (about 80% of training takes place in the organisation), where experience is gained on the job and where careers have been tailored to the business world.

Whether you decide to send your young whippersnappers to a €20 000 a year private international school or to give them a more cultural experience in the public school system, the Austrian educated child will be accepted by foreign investors with open arms. Employers generally tend to favour the specialised skills adopted in this type of education system.


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Stay Connected – Internet Communications in Austria

Staying connected to friends and family on the other side of the globe is important when you first move to Austria. The easiest way to do this is via the Internet. There are a wide range of Internet providers and it’s relatively easy to get connected. In the meantime most hotels, restaurants and especially all McDonalds’ have free Wi-Fi, “Gratis WLAN” hotspots, so you just need to ask for the password if they are locked.  

The Telekom Austria Group is the largest telecommunications company in Austria and the umbrella company for all Internet service providers. I wouldn’t bother with out-dated dial up access as its slow and high-speed access (DSL) has dominated the broadband market.  However, if you decide to go with the dial up option, you just need a normal analogue phone-line and an account with an Internet service provider. If you have a fixed telephone line, you can plug your computer in and get online that way. Most dial-up ISPs offer either a pay-as-you-go service or a contract where you pay an amount per month for limited access.



It is advisable to go with the high-speed option (DSL), as it is faster and the cost is less. Many mobile phone providers have packages that include your Internet Wi-Fi and TV services. All you need is a computer, a linking element for the data line and a service provider. Simply book an appointment with the technician when you are in the phone shop, to arrange a time to come and install the router or modem. 

Flat rates are common but be careful when it states “unlimited”, as it might be unlimited up to a certain size. Read the small print to avoid a surprise bill.[...]

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How to Rent an Apartment in Austria

I was always told that looking online was the best way to find a property to rent in Austria, but from personal experience the properties are not always what they seem from the pictures and descriptions. It is advisable first to speak to friends who live in the area, as personal relationships have paired me with the best properties. You could even consider sharing on a temporary basis, as this is a great way to get acclimatized to a new environment and meet people who will advise you on the best and worst areas to rent in the country. As well as possibly translating for you if you are lucky.



Apartments generally start from around €400 per month plus utilities. It is helpful to research the average utility costs for the property to lower the risk of surprises. The majority of tenants rent properties through estate agents, but they can be very costly. Sometimes they can ask for up to 3 months rent in advance, so it is advisable you first look around yourself before considering this option. Your deposit will go into a savings account and is likely to earn interest (although interest is at a low in Austria at the moment). You will only get your deposit back subject to rent arrears or damage to the property.

Rental agreements are generally from – 3 years in duration and often the longer you rent for, the cheaper the price will be. Usually it is custom to provide 3 months notice prior to terminating a rental agreement. 

Remember that most properties are unfurnished unless specified and strangely sometimes without kitchens. Watch out for older properties that have old windows that may let drafts in and increase your heating costs.[...]

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Buying an Apartment in Austria

Austria is the land of rolling hills, Mozart and the Sound of Music and it is known for it’s exorbitant property prices. Currently it is one of the most expensive places to buy property in the world. Aside from its inflated costs, there are significant benefits to purchasing a home in Austria. The processes involved with buying a home are generally orderly, quick and there are no buying restrictions on foreigners. 

Properties in Austria are built to last and withstand severe weather conditions. This is why you will find homes that are still standing after generations. Fees associated with buying property in Austria are government regulated and valuations are not commonly required.

In brief the property purchasing strategy is as simple as; selecting a property, making an offer via your estate agent, the vendor has a fixed period to accept or reject your offer and then the date of completion is agreed upon. You will then need to pay about a 0% deposit into a trust account into which funds are transferred to cover purchase and fees. Fees include; legal fees, land registry costs, agency fees and stamp duty and once the contract is signed the notary will pass over the money to the vendor.



The average monthly cost of purchasing an apartment in Austria is dependant on the location. Rural properties are generally half the cost of flats in city centres, but ski resort areas have greater inflated costs as well. An apartment in the city centre will likely be around 4500 Euros per square metre, whereas the price outside cities usually cost about 2500 Euros. 

Registration costs are generally 4 – 5% of the property value and the entire process from start to finish can take up to 6 weeks before you finally have a foot on the property ladder in Austria.[...]

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