Furniture for mini-balconies

Many balconies are small, which makes it difficult to fit them out with practical yet comfortable furniture. We show you how to fit out your small balcony with clever, space-saving solutions.   Types of balcony users First, you need to decide what kind of balcony user you are. Each type of user has different requirements …

Cleaning floors: how, when and with what

Cleaning floors properly doesn’t mean just giving them a quick wipe. But you don’t have to work magic, as long as you know how different kinds of floors need to be cleaned, and when you need to exercise caution in your fight against dirt. It’s a bit of a Cinderella chore: cleaning floors. As soon …

Remote viewings and virtual tours

In the current situation surrounding the coronavirus crisis, there is often uncertainty on how to handle property viewings. In principle, property viewings are permitted, as long as they comply with the guidelines set out by the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH). A good way to show prospective buyers and tenants your property without …

Working from home: how to organise your day

Since the start of the coronavirus crisis, ever more companies have been asking their employees to work from home. A lot of people imagine that it will be more straightforward than it actually is. In reality, people who work from home on a regular basis often feel isolated. Here are eight top tips to make …

Information on coronavirus

The current situation in terms of the spread of coronavirus is having a huge impact on our day-to-day lives. The Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) recommends staying at home as much as possible and reducing social contact to a minimum. We have put together a few recommendations on how to go about looking …

Downsizing: moving from a bigger home to a smaller one

Are you planning to move from a bigger home to a smaller one? Or are you moving out of a house and into an apartment? Perhaps you’re not happy about it to begin with – or you’re wondering how you’re going to fit all your stuff into your new home. Don’t worry – moving into …

Which hob is right for me?

Whether you’re planning a new kitchen or looking to replace an old one, it’s important to get the choice of hob right. Below, we have outlined what you need to know about electric, ceramic, induction and gas hobs. While gas hobs often come as part of a hob and oven combination, other types of hob …

Rental deposit insurance: an alternative to the deposit

When renting a home or office, you usually have to put down a rental deposit as security. This comes with drawbacks. Large amounts of money are tied up without yielding a return. On the contrary, they are increasingly plagued with fees. What are the alternatives?   Up to three months’ rent tied up By law, …

Verbal rental agreements – what to watch out for

Even though most of us are highly particular when it comes to signing a rental contract for a new apartment, some tenancies are still arranged on the basis of a verbal agreement. Here’s what you need to be aware of when it comes to verbal rental agreements. The Swiss Code of Obligations does not stipulate …

Subletting apartments: is it permitted?

As a general rule, all tenants have the right to sublet their apartment, either partially or in full. However, by law, landlords must consent to the sublet in advance. Landlords may only refuse permission to sublet in certain specific circumstances. We explain the key points you should know about subletting.   Temporarily moving to a …

Drying laundry indoors – what is allowed?

As a tenant, you do not always have the possibility to hang up your laundry in a drying room. And given that rented apartments do not always include a balcony or garden, the tenant sometimes has no other option than to hang up damp laundry in the apartment to dry. But are they even allowed …

Sustainable living – the easy way

The more greenhouse gases emit into our atmosphere, the warmer the Earth becomes. This is not a novel insight; the issue is brought up every day in print and online media. But how does our lifestyle influence these harmful emissions? How can each one of us reduce CO2, methane and nitrous oxide emissions and live …