Where to buy bedding in Hamburg

Where to buy bedding in Hamburg


Redecorating, restyling, sprucing up for spring, or just moving in, you'll want to get some new bedding to have your sleeping area looking chic and fab, welcoming you in for a good night's rest.


Perhaps you've just moved to Germany and are getting things in place in terms of getting all the necessities you need to make your apartment feel more like home. One thing you'll definitely need, if you didn't have it shipped, is bedding. Though pretty, fun, stylish, colour scheme matching sheets are not a necessity, it's nice not to have to settle for the plain brown or white or beige. This saves you from rushing to buy more bedding once you've gotten everything in place and realize that the bland colours make your home feel dim or the quality of the sheets you bought cause you to itch all night long. So why not kill two birds with one stone and get bedding that you'll love from the get-go.


Price is always a factor. No one wants to pay too much for something that is of bad quality or for something they don't particularly fancy. On the other hand, you probably won't want to spend too much, or get hung up in a store where everything is over your budget. So it's always nice to know where to head to get what and to also have an idea of the price range of bedding in Germany. This will help you to know if you're getting a fair price or if you should look elsewhere.


A lot of places deliver and so even if you don't have time to head out to the stores, but you want something a bit more stylish in your house, you can have it brought right to your front door, saving you a lot of work. And the art of it all is that if you're not pleased with what you get, or it doesn't happen to fir your mattress just right send it right back, select another or get your money back.



Here are two stores that offer competitive pricing on bedding. Most of them offer other household items and you'll more than likely be able to completely add the final touches to your home through one of these stores.


Ikea http://www.ikea.com/

Ikea has just about everything you could want for you home. Furniture, bedding, pictures, candles cutlery, you name it, they have it. Their prices are very reasonable and they also aren't lacking in the quality department. The location itself is very friendly and you'll love shopping there.

Roller http://www.roller.de/

Roller offers great prices and a wide selection of household products to choose from. You'll have no problem finding nice bedding for your home here. They do offer delivery so you'll be able to select your favourite pieces and have them sent to you. If you do, however, have the time to visit the store, this would be a great idea as they often have pieces in stock that aren't displayed online.



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German “Work-Visa Citizen” Assistance

German “Work-Visa Citizen” Assistance


There are rules and regulations when it comes to working in Germany. Being the holder of a residence permit does not automatically allow one to work in Germany, unless of course your work permit states that you are indeed allowed to take employment. There are however, situations where one may be able to take on a job in Germany as there are ways in which one can obtain a work permit.


Having graduated from a recognized university, you can venture to Germany in search of a job provided you are willing to consider Germany your long term place of residence. The opposite is true for those who do not hold a particular skill. For those looking to find a job that is considered 'low-skilled' this is forbidden by the recruitment ban and only in special circumstances will one be able to work their way around this regulation. The labour market is not a very easy one to access in German as privilege is given to German nationals and a non citizen will only be applicable for the position in the case that there is a shortage of Germans in the particular field and the position can not be filled.


For those who have obtained a university degree, the Blue Card system is in place and will ease the process of finding a job in Germany. However, certain rules do apply in order to be eligible for an EU Blue Card. One must be able to provide evidence of being qualified, in this case, have a university degree and be able to present to the relevant authorities proof that you have indeed received an offer for a job from a German firm.


An easier means of getting into the German job market is through specific fields. If you have worked in, or contain a university degree in matters that have to do with technology, math, information technology or you are a medical doctor and have an offer from a Germany company or organization that will yield you an annual income in excess of 37,000 euros, then you may be eligible to receive an EU Blue Card.


So how does one get a job offer without coming to Germany?


You can indeed receive a visa in order to seek employment in Germany. Finding a job from overseas can be rather challenging, and the authorities do realize that and thus will grant you six months in which you can look for a job, do interviews etc. You are, however, not entitled to work in Germany during this time. The visa that you will receive is referred to as a jobseeker's visa. In order to get this visa, you will, once again have to provide evidence of your qualifications.


If you work for a company in the United States that has relations in Germany, then you may also be able to obtain a visa from your company provided they would like your expertise in the German market. [...]

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Buying a house or apartment in Germany

Buying a house or apartment in Germany


Why would you buy a house or apartment in Germany?

Having been in Germany for quite some time and fallen in love with this beautiful country so much that you never want to leave, you may seriously consider buying a house. After all, if you are planning on spending the rest of your life or at least a large number of years in Germany, then buying a house may be the smart thing to do. Another reason one may purchase a home in Germany is as an investment. The real estate in Germany is booming. Especially in metropolitan areas you will notice quite the increase in housing prices over the past few years. So if you are looking to make an investment in German real estate, this is a great time to jump into the market.


Are real estate prices in Germany higher than in United States?

The real estate prices in Germany are certainly higher than in the United States. If you have previously rented an apartment in Germany you will realize that your rent is significantly higher than what you would have payed for somewhere of an equivalent size in the United States. The reason for this is that although Germany is a relatively large country, the living space is small especially in comparison to the United States and thus the competition is high as is the demand for housing. Prices, however, do differ depending on what state you are looking at purchasing real estate in and how close to the city center you would like your new purchase to be.


How long does buying a house or apartment take?


Buying a house or apartment in Germany is a process, a long and sometimes daunting one. One can expect to spend numerous months before their purchase is settled. First of all there is looking for the property. You won't want to just buy the first thing you see. You'll want to get an idea of what is on the market. You will want to consult your real estate agent to see what prices are good for what area, what is too high etc. Provided you have finally found the one that you want and there's nothing to hold you back from purchasing, you'll have to figure out things like a mortgage, getting the legal aspect of things taken care of and of course signing your contract.


Where to look:

There are many places where one can start to look for houses or apartments to purchase in Germany. Initially you may want to check out a couple of websites to get an idea of the prices and what is on the market. Then you'll want to contact a real estate agent and decide if he or she is a right fit for you. Having a real estate agents help in the initial stages will allow things to go a lot smoother.


Here are some real estate websites that you may find useful:

·         immobilienscout24

·         immowelt.de

·         http://www.nestoria.de/

·         http://www.meinestadt.de/


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Pharmacies in Germany



An Apotheke is a pharmacy. If you've been in Germany for a while you're guaranteed to have seen an Apotheke, even if you weren't specifically looking for one. Those large signs that proudly hold a bright red letter A are something you can't miss. This sign isn't representative of a chain, but rather just as a means of easy identification.They are located in city centers as well as in a lot of other locations and more than likely there's one within minutes from your home.


Whereas in the United States one may become used to CVS, Walgreens and others that are combined with a grocery store like Walmart, and Publix, pharmacies in Germany are quite different. By law, pharmacies in Germany must be run by a pharmacist who is only able to own a maximum of three locations. Another difference between Germany and the United States when it comes to pharmacies is the way that over the counter medication is packaged. Pain killers and head ache medication in Germany generally come in smaller portions and thus the price is higher. The opposite is true for the pricing of prescription medication which is rather cheap as some of the costs are covered by ones health insurance.


When in Germany, know that there is a difference between a pharmacy and a drug store. Drug stores in Germany do not carry prescription medication or over the counter medication. Instead they mainly sell household products, beauty products, snacks and juices. For all prescription and over the counter medication you will need to go to a pharmacy. Here, all medication will be displayed behind the counter even something as simple as sore throat medication.


When are they open?

Pharmacies in Germany are open every day of the week outside of Sundays and public holidays. However, at least one pharmacy in your city will be open and thus there is no need to worry that you won't be able to get your medication after opening hours. This holds true for public holidays. You can find out which pharmacies are open from the information provided in the newspaper and there is usually a paper on the doors of closed pharmacies that will inform you on which location is open.


Prescriptions may also be filled online as online pharmacies are soaring in popularity in Germany. Your medication will then be delivered to your home. This may not be a viable option for those who are looking to receive their products within the same day. Your local pharmacy may also deliver medication, so on your next visit to the city, check with them to see if this is a possibility for you. This will save you from having to rush out once your prescriptions need to be refilled.



Some of the pharmacies in Germany are hundreds of years old and boast exceptional architecture that are worth a sight seeing trip. If you happen to go at a time where there isn't anyone in the pharmacy, the pharmacists may be willing to give you a bit of background on the location.



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Moving to Germany 1

Moving to Germany


Let's start by saying, great choice. For so many reasons, Germany is a brilliant place to relocate to, both for the short and long term. But like every other paradise, it too, has its highs and lows. Amazing architecture, deep rooted history, a vibrant culture, decadent food, all of these things contribute to Germany's charm. But what if we separate the pro's from the cons, will Germany still seem irresistible?


What's so great about the home of the Bratwurst and Sauerkraut?


·         Healthcare: Germany has exceptional healthcare. Ensure that you are either covered by your home health insurance company, or that you get everything sorted through your travel agent before getting on the plane. Once you have arrived in Germany, if you're planning on a longer stay, consider switching to a company in Germany. Do thorough research and find out what criteria you need to meet in order to qualify.

·         The People: Germans may initially come off as a 'not so friendly' set of people. This however is not necessarily true. Perhaps the weather during every other season but summer has their faces set in a way that may seem less than pleasant. You will though, be pleasantly surprised when you're approached in the grocery store or cafes simply because you're speaking English and they're interested in knowing where you're from and practicing their English skills with you a little.

·         Safety: Germany is very safe. Never will you have felt more comfortable going for early morning jogs or traveling home alone late at night. The crime rate in Germany is exceptionally low. The only thing worth worry just a miniscule bit about may be pickpocketing in bigger cities. 

·         New language: Challenge yourself to learn the language. At first it may seem impossible and you may get frustrated trying to understand the gibberish that seems to be spoken. However, once you've been here for a while, and if you try, you'll realize German isn't as far from English as you had perceived. There are so many English words and phrases incorporated in the language that once you get a hang of the sentence structure and grammar, the language can be a breeze.



What's not so great about it?


·         Renting is expensive: Rent prices are a bit on the ridiculous side in Germany, especially when you're looking into bigger cities. The apartments and houses are typically smaller than those in places like the United States, and the unfortunately cost a lot more too.

·         Strict Rules: Germany is a strict society. They're lots of rules to get used to, primarily when it comes to driving. The penalties can be both severe and wrench your pockets dry. Provided you stay on the right side of the law, you'll be just fine.

·         Weather: For those coming from Florida, California or other places where sunshine is abundant and it's T-Shirt season year round, you might want to think about invested in a couple more umbrellas, rain boots and thicker not so comfortable clothing.[...]

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Rental Mistakes to Avoid

Moving to another country is tricky enough, let alone the aggravation of finding an apartment at a fair price.  Rather than allowing yourself to be taken advantage of, remember a few key mistakes, and know how to avoid them:


     Before signing a contract—Know the specifics from when rent is due to what your rental should look like when you vacate.  Remember it’s a contract, which should be taken very seriously.

     Inspect your new flat—Making note of every scratch, dent, and tear is important for your records and your landlord’s.  You both need to be aware of even minor things so you can avoid being responsible for them.

     Lessee Responsibilities—This can include garbage removal, lawn maintenance, utilities, and even maintenance of certain common areas.

     Expenses for vacating—What will you be required to pay for?  Often times it’s carpet cleaning, painting, and new small fixtures.  Make sure you’re aware of what is required of you.

     Keep a copy of the contract—In your native language.  Even get help from someone who speaks your new country’s native language to be sure that you know exactly what you’re signing.

     Renting fully furnished apartments—Not only is it difficult to come by, it’s far more expensive than an empty flat.    Short- and long-term furniture and appliance rental is an option to consider, and often makes the most sense in the long run.


Do you have other tips for your fellow expats?  Join the conversation!






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