I noticed, that the quality of the place I live has a huge impact on my mental well-being. I like spacious and modern flats in quiet and green neighborhoods, but at the same time with many shops and a train station nearby. Having all these preferences, there isn’t really much choice left on the market, and it usually costs upwards of 3000 CHF around Zurich. Recently I found a really nice place in Wollishofen: Erstbezug, lake view, quiet, close to the station, 3.5 rooms, 85 sqm. But it costs 3300 CHF per month.
So I would like to ask if you know any tips or tricks that could make it possible to find such flats for a lower price? When I go to homegate or immomapper, I find places for 4000 CHF. I assume these are the ones that still didn’t get sold because of the steep price. So probably there are cheaper offers, they just get taken on the day of the offering. The market seems highly competitive for renters, at least when I compare it to how it used to be in Poland.
One strategy that I noticed to work is to look for “Erstbezug”. That is, a developer is building a whole community of flats and they all go for rent. Then you have to reserve the flat 1-2 years in advance. Any experience with that? If you reserve, do you have to make a deposit? Can you resign without any penalty?
I know my case is a bit special, because I’m not just looking for a cheap place, I’m looking for a premium place but at a reasonable price. Currently I pay 2300 CHF for a really nice flat, but it’s a bit loud here and the neighbourhood ain’t so nice. I feel like paying 1000 CHF extra just to improve a bit on these two qualities seems like a bad deal. OK, we share this cost with my gf, but you can do a lot with 12’000 CHF per year!