Finding a home in Switzerland: always a tall order
If you browse online listings for rental properties in Switzerland, you will find a quite a few offers. But this is extremely deceptive: renting or buying a Swiss property as an expat is VERY hard. These are a few of the hurdles you will face:
Switzerland is a landlords’ market. For each listing you will find, there can be up to 60 applications.
The landlord or the agency managing the property are the ones that make the choice.
Some of our customers spent more than a year looking for an apartment to rent before reaching out to us.
The type of work permit you have has a great bearing on how fast you get approved for renting a property.
You need to submit a wage statement and an extract from the debt register, along with your residence permit before your application is even considered. This makes it impossible for new expats to find a home on their own before their arrival.
Another paradox you will face is needing a Swiss bank account to sign a lease, but also needing a lease to open a Swiss bank account.
In major cities like Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Zug or Bern, competition is cut-throat, so you’ll often have to settle for a property that’s outside your area of interest or outside your budget. None of these are fun compromises to make!
The solution? You can stay in a hotel or a short-term rental property. But both of these options can get very expensive very fast. Remember what we said above about some expats needing more than a year to find a rental property on their own?
If you don’t want to waste time and money, there’s an easier, faster and smarter way: let relocation professionals handle home finding for you.
What is Home Finding Support and why you'd need it?
If you're stuck in the Swiss real estate market and can't make any headway, if you're tired of having your rental application turned down because you called from abroad or didn't speak in French or German, if queuing around the block with 50 other house-hunters to view a downtown apartment is not really your thing - then you'll be happy to know Packimpex will help you get the home you want.
You will see doors open when your viewing request or rental application comes from Packimpex, Switzerland's relocation market leader. When you choose Packimpex, you free yourself of bureaucracy and admin, and strengthen your chances of getting the home you want in the timeframe you need it!
With our Home Finding Support service you'll enjoy:
Easy access to properties that expats aren’t usually able to book a viewing to.
Complete tours of the properties you are interested in: in-person or online, if you want to have your home waiting for you when you land in Switzerland.
Full support from a team of relocation experts who speak the local languages: you’ll never be puzzled by a lease clause again.
Help in negotiating your lease terms.
Support in finding the ideal area for your needs: do you prefer to be close to your workplace or to nature? Want quick access to pubs and restaurants or yoga studios and schools? Our relocation experts know the ins and outs of every Swiss region and they can guide you in making the best choice for you and/or your family.
We’ll fill in the lease application for you: when the application comes from Packimpex, your chances of being accepted increase exponentially.
Let’s get you settled into the home of your dreams in Switzerland! Book a free Guidance Call and we'll be happy to explain more about how we can support you in your home search.Book Free Guidance Call
Home Finding Support saves you time & money
Our Home Finding Support will help you avoid any bureaucratic issues and get moved right in. No more paying for expensive hotels and short-time rentals or getting frustrated because yet another application was turned down.
Depending on how much you want to be involved in the process, you can choose between three different packages. All of them come with the guarantee of finding you a home – the choice depends entirely on your desired level of involvement.
Not sure what to choose?
Give us a call or write to us and we’ll be happy to send you a detailed description of our packages and guide you so you can easily choose the best option for you.
Why choose Packimpex for Home Finding Support?
Packimpex is Switzerland's relocation market leader and the most awarded international moving company. With nearly 45 years' experience in relocation, in the last 10 years alone, they have helped over 20,000 customers like you find a home to love. Over 60 of the Top 100 Swiss companies entrust Packimpex with housing their key executives.
Packimpex is a highly trusted name in the housing market and has great connections to local real estate agencies and landlords. That's why our house hunters vastly outperform the success rate of other newcomers. Not only do we eliminate all language barriers – we lift you above the competition. When you choose Packimpex, you free yourself of bureaucracy and admin, and strengthen your chances of getting the home you want in the timeframe you need it!
What our customers say:
«This is the best investment I could have ever made towards my move. It was worth every penny. I received constructive advice that significantly aided my search. And it is clear to me that I could not have had such success alone.»