Beware: fake ad fraud

Attempted fraud on property portals has been on the rise recently. Scammers try to trap trusting house-hunters with appealing ads for dream homes. These tips will help stop criminals in their tracks. Jürg Zulliger   Sounds like a dream home, doesn’t it? A tranquil location in the heart of Zurich’s Old Town. Close to the …

Heating your home properly: what temperature should each room be?

Heating accounts for around 70% of energy consumption in the home. But how should we go about heating our homes properly? What tips and tricks are there for reducing heating costs? What temperature does it need to be outside before we turn the heating on? As outside temperatures get chillier, we start needing to warm …

Cooperative living: the middle ground between owning and renting

For many people, finding an affordable rental property in mostly expensive cities and urban areas is becoming increasingly difficult. As a result, there is greater focus on properties belonging to cooperatives and charitable foundations. In particularly expensive urban areas, these can often be 20–25% cheaper. In Switzerland, there is a total of around 185,000 properties …

Living in the french-speaking part of Switzerland

Vaud and Geneva offer an outstanding quality of life that draws many Swiss people and expats to both cantons. Although the two major cities and cantonal capitals, Lausanne and Geneva, are remarkably lively and dynamic, other municipalities are just as appealing and offer stunning locations close to Lake Geneva. Here are a few with a …

Locking horns: what to do when neighbours are causing trouble

Tired of barking dogs, screaming children or loud parties going on until 4 am the next morning? When people in your building are really getting under your skin, it can be hard to know how to resolve the situation. We’re here to explain the legal situation and what works in practice. ‘Even the most pious …

How to childproof your home

Children have a completely different perspective of things – they are curious and like to explore. But there are more dangers lurking inside your home than you might actually be aware of. The point at which you need to childproof your home depends entirely on the age of your child. Newborn babies are totally dependent …

Apartment rental: can I sublet via Airbnb?

There are certainly obvious reasons why you might want to sublet individual rooms or even an entire apartment. This practice of ‘subletting’ is generally permitted. The boundary separating subletting from unauthorised commercial use of the rented home, however, has not been clearly defined. From a legal perspective, the matter remains controversial – as a recent …

Lighting concepts for your home

One light on the ceiling simply isn’t enough anymore. Nowadays, if you want to create a flattering aesthetic for your home that’s easy on the eyes, you need a lighting concept. Here are all the dos and don’ts of lighting. It wasn’t so long ago that lighting didn’t involve any big decisions. A few candles, …

Community spirit: in Switzerland, community aid is booming

A few ‘soft’ factors have a huge impact on people’s living situations and quality of life, such as do the neighbours know each other? This year, the importance of community aid and voluntary work has drastically increased. When the coronavirus crisis erupted in March, thousands of people suddenly realised how much they value their neighbours. …

Dazzling decorating tips

Inside your very own four walls, you can give life to your unique personal style and do it all yourself. There are countless ways to decorate your home. We’ll give you a few tips to spruce up your space and turn it into a haven – and they work for any style, no matter if …