This post probably won’t be interesting to anyone but me – and possibly a few members of my family who I know have recently started reading (hi mam!), but writing this stuff down is a way for me to figure out what we have actually done for the move so far… a kind of checking off of the to-do list, if you will. Feel free to skip this one if it bores you 😉
- I have cancelled my Bahn Card 100. I received confirmation last week that, as of 1st May, I will no longer be a Bahn Card 100 holder. So no more spontaneous travelling in Germany without a ticket for me! This was the first occurrence that made the whole “moving to Switzerland” thing feel real. Scary and exhilarating!
- We have given notice for our flat. Well, sort of. We wrote an e-mail on Saturday evening to make sure we were within the notice period, but the landlady wants it in writing because she isn’t sure whether it’s valid without a signature. I gave notice on my last flat by e-mail, but whatever she wants. She agrees that by e-mailing we adhered to the notice period, so it’s all good.
- Jan has been in touch with a tax advisor and the Basel Ausländerbehörde (foreigner’s office). Apparently I can get a residence permit for Switzerland… I just need to fill in a particular form and provide a work contract and bank statement, presumably so they can check whether I have enough money to be allowed to live in the land of banks!
- We have started the process of looking for flats, and man is it tedious! We’ve already had one response saying “you can contact the current tenant to arrange a viewing, but please note that we’re looking for a quiet, single person”. And why couldn’t you have said that in the advert and saved me the bother of e-mailing you? Plus isn’t that discrimination?! Naughty Swiss!
Aaaand I think that’s all so far. Still to do: actually find a flat, sort out my German bank account, sign a new contract with work, cancel the Internet at our current place, sort out and get rid of things we don’t want to take, arrange for a removals company to come and take most of our stuff away, clean the entire flat like it’s never been cleaned before and, finally, pack! phew. Am I missing anything?
13 thoughts on “The story so far…”
Sorry I’ve not been commenting recently! But I’m here to catch up! So you’re moving to Switzerland (or as you say “the land of banks” then?! Exciting stuff! Did you manage to get your tax queries resolved?
About 98% certain. Jan is going to contact the foreigner’s office again to check what form it is, but he reeeeeally doesn’t want to live on the German side, so Switzerland it is. Now we just have to actually find a place. *Sigh*.
Wow! That’s a lot going on, but it will be so exciting when you do settle in in your new place! x
A lot of not-so-fun stuff to do, but you’re well on your way! Excitingggggg!!!
I’m half excited, half terrified! Haha.
Ugh, such fiddly silly little annoying things!! I hate all the things you have to do when you move house! Sounds like you are on top of it though?
I know, I hate all this stuff. Why can’t people visit banks and fill in forms for me?!
Good luck with the hunt for a flat. That sounds pretty discriminating! I mean, you can say that in your ad and then people don’t have to waste their time!
Thank you. Yes, it would have been helpful if they aid that in the ad!
Ahh the clean before you move… now that’s one hell of a tidy! Good luck with that 🙂
Sounds like your making your way through the list of things to do. I would have thought that “one tenant only” was a key part of the advert for the flat…
I know, right? Especially since it’s a 3 room flat so not at all obvious that it would be for 1 person!
So much to do! Have you got a german phone contract or are you pay as you go?
Because canceling my O2 contract was THE WORST THING.
I’m on Pay as you Go. Jan has an O2 contract though…