Moving to Switzerland

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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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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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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How to Relocate your Pets to Switzerland

Bringing pets with you when you move countries can be a big worry. What will it cost? Will they cope with the stress? What do I need to do before moving them? Here we’ll cover all of preparations and procedures required to bring your furry friends to Switzerland.

A microchip is mandatory, as the microchip ID number is the only acceptable form of identification for your pet. It should be to ISO Standard 784/Annex A to ISO Standard 785.

Next, it’s important to ensure that your pet’s vaccinations are up-to-date – first, for dogs:

  • Rabies – Within the last year or a minimum of 4 weeks before departure.
  • Parvo, Leptospirosis, Hepatitis and Distemper (available as a group vaccination called DHLPP).

The recommendation for cats is as follows:

  • Rabies – Within the last year or a minimum of 4 weeks before departure.
  • Calicivirus, Panleukopenia and Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis which are again part of a group vaccination called FVRCP.



Next on the list is an EU Vet Health Certificate (form EC#998) and a USDA endorsement on the following records: rabies certificate, the EU Vet Health Certificate mentioned previously and it is recommended to get your Microchip Implantation Record endorsed as well.

Finally, you will need an International Health Certificate for your pet. These should be available at your vet’s office and must be filled in by your vet within 0 days of travel. An additional USDA endorsement may be required for this document.

All of the original documents mentioned above must travel with your pets. If the owner is not on the same flight as the pet, a note from the pet owner’s employer confirming relocation, a copy of the owner’s passport and the owner’s flight itinerary must also be provided.


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Top Relocation Destinations in Switzerland

There is no denying that Switzerland is an exceptionally attractive country to relocate to. Although the cost of living is one of the highest in the world, there are many benefits to go along with it. With hardly any crime, world-class healthcare and education systems and some of the best ski resorts in the world, the Swiss have got it made.

The Mercer quality of life survey ranked both Geneva and Zurich in the top ten best places to live, out of over 200 locations. There is no reason to doubt that either of these cities will suffice when looking at where to relocate, but there are a few other options for expats to consider as well.



If you are seeking a place in with political atmosphere and linguistic diversity, then Berne may be your place. This city is the capital of Switzerland and located between the French and German districts of the country. With the plateaus to the west and mountains in the east, the city is listed as a world heritage site.




Of course with a high quality of life rating, comes popularity among expats and travellers alike. It is not hard to see why the city of Zurich has been granted this title, as it is safe, has multi-lingual schools, it is centrally located and it is the largest city in the country. Public transport makes it very easy to reach the city that is only an hour away from most other major cities. Or you can easily pop over to the Alps for a weekend on the slopes in only a couple hours from Zurich.  



Another destination that is a great option for expats, who want an easily accessible city, is Basel. With a population of less than 200,000, the north western city is a main corridor to France and Germany. Basel is also home of Switzerland’s major seaport and can be accessed by boat. This multicultural city is a very popular expat community, with over 30% of its residents from other countries.  



The beauty and humanitarian feel of Geneva is one of the reasons most people visit this Swiss city. Home to some of worlds most well known humanitarian organisations and a 40ft water fountain in Lake Geneva, this city is truly unique. The French-speaking city is packed with quintessential Swiss characteristics. Boasting quays, parks and some of the best shopping in the world. It is the cities multicultural and diplomatic popularity that has awarded it the highest cost of living in Switzerland.    [...]

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