Swiss vs American Homes | 8 Reasons We Love Our Swiss Apartment

Swiss vs American Homes | 8 Reasons We Love Our Swiss Apartment


Hey guys, it’s Sara here today and welcome back to how to Switzerland in today’s video We are going to be talking a little bit more about Swiss Apartments So you guys absolutely loved our last video that we made where we compared our Swiss Apartment to our experience renting in the United States and in today’s video We thought we’d show you around a little bit more and talk about some specific things that we really love about Living in here and just renting in Switzerland in general This is really for those of you that are super curious about this because maybe you’re planning to move to Switzerland things like that I know I would have loved to have just some more information when I was planning my move to Switzerland all those years ago But yeah, let’s just get right into the things that we love So the first thing I want to talk about is maintenance requests and just the building maintenance people So in my experience my experience guys, maybe you had a better one But we rented four or five apartments in the United States and it was horrible if we wanted to get anything fixed It was like pulling teeth Especially when we rented from private landlords, you know a single person that owned a building or multiple buildings Extremely hard to get them to do anything to you know, fix the toilet or repair a ador Anything that was broken. We always had a really hard time But in this place that we’ve had the complete opposite experience This might not be for everybody across Switzerland, but I definitely think it reflects, you know Swiss values and culture they like to maintain things. They’re very, you know, proactive organized and all of that So basically the story is since we’re in the kitchen I can tell you this one we moved in and we realized that there was something wrong with the oven because every time you would make pizza the back would be Burnt and the front would be raw so, you know, we lived with it for a while We tried to play around and tried really hard to make the oven work, but we ended up saying hallo contact them about it So we let the property managers know we’re having issues with the oven right away. They picked up the phone They took our request seriously, they sent a guy out. So they gave us his brand-new foul to oven which is pretty expensive from what I understand So it was amazing that they just chucked us in without us even really asking they’ve been really good about that while we’re talking about Appliances. We actually got a brand new fridge and freezer as well. And the funny thing is about this you guys I didn’t even Request this so as you can see the cabinet’s Hide the fridge and one of these screws had come loose and it was a little bit wobbly every time we would open the fridge Or freezer. It was kind of wobbling so we just wanted that they tightened it that was it, but the guy came to tighten the fridge and he was like oh, you need a brand new fridge because there’s ice forming inside and You need a new one so again within one day they had taken out the fridge installed a brand new one also a foul to Fridge, it’s a really really great first whisk francha. This is very Large we have freezer down here So maintenance has been incredible so much easier jumping in next thing are the walls here I don’t know what they’re been made it made out of but they’re so fake and Soundproof, we don’t hear anything from our neighbors come over here upstairs or downstairs. I suppose when I lived in America We’ve been we’ve been living in three different states and all these apartments they have such thin walls because they build out of drywall and some and wood and We heard everything like all the walking flushing the toilet people talking in normal voice to each other So this is what we really love about this apartment also really for a quality of life because we don’t hear anything We don’t have to whisper. So people don’t hear us talking. So it’s amazing So another thing to point out about the walls and why I think everything is super quiet It’s because how Swiss doors are they’re very different. So take a look So this is our bathroom door and you can see there’s like this cutout. I believe I’ve seen this in Germany as well Maybe France. I don’t think I’ve ever seen it in us, but it’s like this So what happens when you close the door? So when you close the door, it’s really it’s fully filled all the way to the floor as well And also on the floor here since it comes up when you shut the door, it’s fully sealed I remember in the US you always have like that centimeter where a light kind of shines through even on the front door and a lot of times people will just put like a Weatherstrip or something if it’s an outdoor door? But here it’s like fully sealed all the way around Especially our front door here you guys this thing is a beast and it has that stuff kind of down system so it really I mean it seals all the way to the floor so over here is our balcony, and we absolutely Love it because we are allowed to have a barbecue on here during the summer It’s not forbidden as you might have seen our video about all the rules. We have to follow to be living here in this apartment amazingly Grilling on the balcony was not included not grilling on the balcony was not included So when we were signing a lease in an apartment in America It was I was always very explicitly said that you’re not allowed to grill on the balcony Even though a lot of people did it I think it was I believe it was because of the fire hazard next thing that is so great about this place is the dog rules so Once again in the United States we had to pay dog Fees it wasn’t even a deposit It was just like three or five hundred dollars that we never get back to have a dog and then you usually pay Pet rent that can be anywhere from 15 to a hundred dollars a month But here they asked if we have a dog on our application form we said yes, and that was it There was no dog deposit dog fee and he pays absolutely no doggie rent He does have to pay taxes though. I made a video right over here talking about owning a dog in Switzerland But honestly Switzerland just overall if you don’t want to watch that video Super-duper dog friendly also for apartments and since we have such thick walls our neighbors Said they had never heard him before we asked because he barks every now and then But every now and then and we’re like, do you ever hear our talking they’re like didn’t know you had a dog So yeah, good walls good for dogs another huge plus for us renting This place is that it doesn’t come with a traditional american-style lease. So if you’ve ever rented in the u.s More than likely you signed a lease So that means you say I’m gonna live there for 12 months 24 months They even make longer leases and then you are obligated to stay in that apartment until your lease is up Of course, there’s ways to get out and things like that, but it’s not very easy A lot of times you have to pay a lot of money We’ve done that before where we had to pay hundreds of dollars Thousands of dollars to get out of the lease early if you don’t stay through the whole year because if you sign a one-year lease You’re obligated to pay rent for that whole term and they don’t really do that in Switzerland from what we saw all the apartments that we looked at you get a Contract but there’s no lease. There’s no term where we are, you know supposed to live here. We just need to give them notice I think our contract is like we give 90 days notice and we can leave at any time which is really really nice and Also because we’re in Zurich, there’s a super high demand for apartments So if we want to move tomorrow if we could get somebody in the next day. We’re also allowed to do that so for us it’s really nice that Actually renting in Switzerland surprise we meet is a lot more flexible than in the US So next thing plumbing bathroom is right back here I can’t tell you how many times we had problems with the plumbing in America and Here in – excellent. We never had a problem with that. So I did a little googling and this might be because of the different Flushing system that the Americans and the Europeans have so in America. You have a siphon system this means that your water is like going like in circles and then it goes slowly down and then out and Here we have in here in Europe. I believe like in whole Europe or maybe just in a few countries You have a flush down system. So the water is getting shot down and out So this might be the reason why we have a little bit less plumbing issues over here in Europe another point is the amount of water every person every Developers from the world went to America seen that amount of water is in the toilet more. It’s insane There’s so much water. So our toilets here order European toilets, they use much less water. And we also think it’s way more Ecological friendly. So the next thing we laugh about our apartment’s actually not in our apartment. It’s downstairs. Let’s go Alright guys here we are in the basement or the cellar as people call it here and this is not our little cellar But this is a example of what you will probably get if you rent in Switzerland So it’s really nice to get extra storage space so you can probably assume you’re gonna get something like this This is quite big This is a pretty big example, but it’s just somewhere you can put your you know, Christmas decorations skis a bike, whatever It’s really really nice that the apartments come with this We actually have a cellar space like this and we have attic space upstairs Both the same way where you get your own door that locks Etc. So that is a really big benefit. Okay, so it is very dark. The light is not working It’s flickering. This probably looks so creepy right now. I can’t even imagine what this looks like but back here you guys this is crazy, but this is Common and Swiss apartments and this is like a bomb bunker a nuclear bunker behind this humongous door I’m not exactly sure about all the laws about this I think Matthias knows it a little bit better But let’s go finish the video upstairs because I’m kind of freaked out So I know like that bunker downstairs that looked really creepy, but I believe like a I’m not next for this so don’t quote me on it, but I believe like sayings world war 2 and the Cold War the Swiss government made it a requirement that every single house or very in close proximity to people that they have access to a bomb bunker if there’s enough space in the bunkers in whole Switzerland to cover about 115 percent of the Swiss population So right now we have like space for eight point six million and there are about eight point four or five million people living in Switzerland, I guess we’re pretty safe here. And at least we’re prepared. Thank you so much for watching Click that subscribe button and share this video with a friend who wants to move to Switzerland. See you next time. Bye Hi Guys, we just finished editing the video We just saw that we dragged America quite a bit in this video and in all honesty. We love America it’s one of our favorite spots in the world and we might even Going to move back there in the future. You never know. You never know So for the Americans watching don’t take this the wrong way It’s just our reality in our experience and you know what it goes both ways That’s for sure. There is definitely a long list of things. We do not like about the Swiss apartment that America does better There’s a lot of things that America does better so it goes both ways If you guys want to see that video Where we say the things that we don’t like about our Swiss apartment We try to keep it positive if you want to see that let us know so that’s it

100 thoughts on “Swiss vs American Homes | 8 Reasons We Love Our Swiss Apartment

  1. It's so arrogant when my fellow Americans boast about our superiority. Construction here can be so rinky-dink. "Builder-grade" means one thing only here: it's c-r-a-p.

  2. What I can't understand in U.S. (an I guess Australian as well) homes are those hudge stoves. In the part of Europe, where I live, modern houses are always equipped with nice, built in hob and oven. Whether it's propane, induction or ceramics, it's always so pretty and minimalistic. They come in every shape and size, so why are those monstrual stoves so popular across America?

  3. What would be interesting to know is if some of those things are mandated by regulations. In U.S. it's so much about capitalism and a free market that we get a lot less quality.

  4. Dam……I love your apartment, I'm from California. You hit everything on the note. Wow I wish our apartments were like yours.

  5. That’s okay I’ll take my 3000 square foot house with half an acre property and 2.35 a gallon gasoline over living in Europe

  6. i live in italy and the walls and doors are the same. i have often wondered about beautiful US homes with wooden walls and ceramic tile glued onto them which is so strange to us in europe? the weather is also a lot "wilder" in the US than it is in europe so.. weird….

  7. I'm swiss. I watch your vids because it give insight about what I consider to be normal, but is different somewhere else

  8. I am from Europe, the Walls are ciment over there !!! Do you have a Garbage disposal in that amazing apartment!? Or ceiling fans in every room? Or center heat and air conditioning? Or laundry room with washer and dryer? Or apartment with a swimming pool ? And gym? Enjoy your life in Europe ( I love my new apartment with a swimming pool in Dallas Texas) ❤️🤠🇺🇸

  9. Most of those things are same when you talk about Russia. If we rent out flats we make sure that everything is working, and if it’s not we buy the replacement. Recently I was renting out my flat and the girl who was supposed to live there needed a microwave which I didn’t have because I never used it. I could have told her something like “buy it on your own if you need it”, but as a normal person I felt responsible for how will she feel, or will she be comfortable in my place etc etc. it’s just a part of culture and mutual respect. Everyone know: a greedy man pays twice and no tenant will take care of the flat if the landlord doesn’t give a shit about tenants comfort. In the end such abandoned flats are turning into a rat holes. And yeah, here in Russia we also can move out almost any time. It will just be good to warn the landlord one month prior (again, it’s not a law it’s just the politeness). Other advantages of Russian flats: central heating system (it is -7 outside and I’m inside out of blanket because it very warm), fast and cheap home internet for 6$/month, clean floors because we never walk in shoes indoors, we can hold pets according to our wish (it’s personal business how can someone even ask people to pay for animals at home lol, our house it’s our own property)

  10. I was kind of shocked by everything I learned about US rules regarding apartments ! In France everything is pretty much the same as Switzerland.

  11. Me and my wife are visiting there for almost a month and need to rent a one bedroom furnished apartment. Will you please inform is it possible to get apartments for short period. Which areas would be convenient and economical as well and what average rent we should target. Also please inform if you know that which travel site or agent should we contact to arrange the same. Thanks

  12. Not offended by you just being honest about your experiences.
    Maybe it’s where you lived while in the US. We always rent apartments where ever we’ve lived, unless we had to live on base as military. We’ve never had any maintenance issues that resulted in poor service. I can say that we’ve known people that did, but for us it has never been a problem. Whether in Europe, Japan, Panama, or any of the 15 cities in the US we had to move to.
    Lucky maybe.

  13. I love everything you mentioned. It sound to me that everything in your country is very reliable, trustworthy, safe and though through. I LOVE it! well done. We were considering to move to Switzerland, but our doubt is that everything is very expensive and you need to have exceptionally good salary to maintain good living. Also, our son has special needs – he is autistic and non verbal and we are not sure if we will be able to have a necessary schooling and medical support. Also, he can understand only English

  14. I was born here in the United States.
    There are bad landlords and there are bad renters. In my experience, I have noticed how destructive we of the U.S. can be. A LOT of people have no respect for other people's properties! So if I was a landlord I would charge extra for pets.
    Pets and children are a reflection of their guardians.

  15. American here. Not at all offended – you are right! As someone who works in property management, I want to say:

    1) Great job to your maintenance team. That's the way a real property manager should work. Don't fix something within an inch of its life. If it's broken, replace it.
    2) Sound proofing is suuuuch a luxury. I would give anything not to hear my upstairs neighbors constantly opening closets and walking on squeaky floors.
    3) Those doors… whaaat? That is AMAZING!
    4) Grilling on balconies in the US is hit or miss. It's a matter of safety and it depends on the design of the apartments.
    5) That's pretty amazing that there is no fee for your dog. Where I live, they have the same policy – cats & dogs live here for free! VERY rare.
    6) True about the lease. The US is all about the landlord protecting themselves.
    7) That's very cool. Why don't they use this in ALL countries?
    8) Yeah, those are called storage bins in some places. That's a very well designed one, though… very sturdy.
    9) That bunker is very interesting. That's a new one to me. 🙂

    I, for one, would love to see a video on what you don't like about your apartment. It's always good to know the pros and cons! 🙂

  16. Do people seriously not realize that doors have the bottom gap because A: many doors are wood which expands and contracts with weather and B: not every room has the same flooring at the same height?

    If you tried to do that between rooms where one had wood and the other carpet, or even an area rug, the door would be harder to open.

    This makes me think of people who complain about bathroom stalls. Like there is actually a reason there is a large gap between the door and floor. Not just "oh haha no privacy in America"

  17. I work for a property management company in California. For tenants with pets, there's a pet deposit $500.00 per pet. Once you move we deduct for any damages the pet(s) caused; De-fleaing, carpet, wood floors, destroyed yards, etc.

  18. What's the price range for rent a one bedroom flat in Switzerland ? I would like to live there for a half year when it's not too cold.

  19. After a pipe burst in my upstairs neighbors apartment I had a huge hole in my ceiling for weeks. We only had to pay a pet deposit for our cats but dogs were not allowed. Good ideas if I ever build a home.

  20. So many things that was left out.
    1. There may not be a pet fee in this apartment, does not mean it’s not everywhere. You didn’t mention that in Switzerland you have to pay to have a pet. In the US we don’t have pay taxes and fees for a pet.
    2. You didn’t mention you don’t hear your neighbor because of Switzerland’s strict rules for people to be quiet. No mention about the crazy rules.
    3. You didn’t mention the Swiss need cellar space because there is not much storage space like coat closets in the actual apartment.

  21. Pet rent?????? what the h&*((? Never heard of such a thing before. Are there more countries that have that besides the US?

  22. The things you mention in this video are very common for most European homes! I'm from the Netherlands and it's the same here!

  23. I love the windows that open multiple ways – like a door or tilting the top out a few inches so you have air but the rain can't get in.

  24. Regarding the spring below bathroom doors you mention at 4:44, the reason for this spring is to allow air to enter the bathroom because usually the ventilation is constructed so that air enters the bedrooms and exits through an air valve in the bathroom and kitchen. This is to avoid smells spreading through the house.

    I'm not sure how this functions in your apartment but I'm guessing there is a spring on the top of the bathroom door.

  25. No offense here.. looking at your apartment seems it’s bigger and nicer in some of the bloggers apartment that i’ve watched, so it is probably more expensive than most of the apartments around switzerland. The apartments here in the US that you have rented as you said in your previous videos are sort of the the cheapest and round down apartments, therefore there is the difference. Depends on how much you can afford so to speak.. convenience and amenities are what you need to consider when renting. Where I live in california most apartments here have big,lobby to hang out, exercise room, swimming pool and lot and lot of spaces and storages and I pay $1,500. It’s in Orange County.

  26. Oh wow, i just love your videos.. can’t stop watching them😉 growing up in lucerne, it’s just normal for me.. keep up like that😊

  27. jaja die amerikanische WCs, wie ich die hasse!!! da frag ich mich immer ob d'amis kacket wie hase?!? xD bi mir isch sWC mind 1 mal verstopft wenn ich det bin xD

  28. You just described my apartment in Florida. It’s not U.S. vs. Swiss, but the shitty places you lived before vs. Swiss.

  29. WHAT? usually you have a whole room with walls and an actual door not cellar units, never seen that before.

    (I moved only once so I might be wrong)

  30. this is very adorable (and intresting) to watch as a Swiss living in Zurich ^^ just so you know (if you plan moving to Switzerland): there sure are shittier appartments (esp. in Zurich) as well – please don't expect this to be the lowest bar! 😉 however, congrats you guys on this one, glad you like it here!

  31. See, what you have to pay for pets in the US when renting an apartment, we just have to pay for BILAG in CH. It kind of evens it out eventually. 😛 I think it's a bit weird to charge an additional fee for a pet when you want to rent a place. It's really fascinating how every country works differently! I, for one, love the American architecture, (though not necessarily as of such high quality, speaking from my own personal experience so far..) Nevertheless, I think you guys have exquisite taste when it comes to houses and interior furnishing.

  32. Some clarification about the bunkers. It's not supposed to protect you against radiation but rather the aerial attacks. All bunkers have escape routes underground that let the people escape the bunkers in case the building collapses. All buildings after the 50's use the bunkers as Keller, your building seems to be from the 40's or 50's. Villas or houses with less than 10 apartments don't necessarily have bunkers , as there might be a public building in the vicinity that offers shelter. All schools have huge bunkers underneath open to everyone in case of emergency. We used to live in an apartment building downtown Zurich from the 1890's and it still had a bunker in the Keller, even though it was more basic and without escape routes, but clearly made to withstand the weight of the collapsed building ( even though there were no air attacks back then). Today they are still mandatory in most constructions, except villas.

  33. Oha, echt krass zu hören, dass man für seinen Hund Miete zahlen muss. Find ich irgendwie seltsam. So als Schweizer sind die Sachen, die ihr genannt habt, auch irgendwie die Norm. Toller Kanal, ich find euch unglaublich sympathisch! <3

  34. Sadly we dont really build bunkers anymore because most schools and bigger buildings have one. But i can tell you, bunkers for normal houses are so tiny that i would never want to be on 10m2 with 8 people for more than a day XD

  35. My parents live in Aargau, I’ve lived in Zurich also.. the apartments anywhere in CH are built to last for centuries on centuries, we also have a bomb cellar to protect from a non-existent future nuclear invasion haha

  36. Hi i live in switzerland and i like waching your vids cuz i love that u live in zurich and sometimes when i go in the city i go to places that u have went to(in videos) sadly ive never met you guys

  37. You guys are funny, for sure you must be lucky where you live cause I've lived in Swiss for a bit (I don't anymore) and all depends on the landlord you have. Some are great, some don't give a damn if you have trouble with a non working oven and as long as they can take your money that is what matters. But I'm pretty sure you live in the German area, that is maybe why they are like that!

  38. not all swiss live like this! for example, I live in an old historical building, a really old house, and neither the walls nor the doors look even close to the ones in this video. furthermore, not all swiss folks can afford such an apartment, trust me. because it will be quite expensive for sure.

  39. In my apartment in switzerland in basel I can hear everything from all nighbours, bbq on balcony isn‘t alloud and if something isn‘t good (my fridge for example or wet walls in the shower 🙄) i don‘t get a new one/anything new since 2 years… I feel like living in US right now 😂

  40. I am from switzerland and i hear my neighbours every day hahaha you have this wals only in the new buildings and they are building every day new… sory my englisch is bad 🙂

  41. Some say that switzerland is a country of money, cheese and chocolate. But its actually the land of the plumbers. We have so much water, that we perfected plumbing. Even on top of a high building you have the same water pressure as in the basement, taps don't trip, toilets don't jam (usually 😉 )

  42. Walls wich are against the stairpart of the building, or when its between two apartments its mostly out of concrete.

  43. Wait for the summer, then you will be willing to exchange your kidney for an ubiquitous (in America) air conditioning unit…

  44. Lived in brugg and the apartment had way too many rules . Can’t open the windows more than 5 mins . No noise after 7 with that being said you could hear everything . It was not child friendly

  45. The rent part – totally agree, but an apartment in Zurich costs 800k to 2mln USD, houses near Zurich are even more expensive. For 800k you can have a house near some big city in US and then your living area is so much better than Swiss apartment 😀

  46. The United States has lots of cheap food and gasoline. Yeah the toilets don't really flush well. Lol 🙂

  47. Apartments in the US are mostly for section 8 bums, at least where I live. But I love those Swiss doors.

  48. Ihr habt noch eine Hurde im Keller ! Cool ! Müsste also ein älteres Gebäude sein welches aber offensichtlich gut gepflegt wird.

  49. I lived in Portugal for a year – their walls are the same as in America – thin, made of wood and you can hear everything.
    I live in Slovenia and we build like Swiss do – you hear nothing, I love it 🙂

  50. I would love to know how Matthias lived when he was small – how do their schools work and how do Swiss parents usually live after the kids leave (as you said that most people rent apartments or do they own a house?).

  51. Regarding the plumbing there, I've read that due to the small amount of water used for flushing in toilets, while the plumbing in your apartment may be ok, the main sewer lines leaving the building have a tendency to back up, and must be flushed using, you guessed it, water. On a more subjective note, I also don't understand the idea behind having toilet bowl with such a small amount of water in it that it does not do it's job, which is to keep waste submerged so that it does not stink up the restroom-or your home. I don't even think Switzerland is suffering from a lack of water anyway…

  52. I think this video must paint a skewed image of homes in Switzerland. Those doors and appliances are obnoxiously expensive. I don't see ordinary people coughing up the kind of money on display here.

    It's very possible to have a well-sealed 'normal' exterior door here in the U.S., and in homes with central heating and air conditioning, you don't want to completely seal off the interior rooms.

  53. how to search for a good apartment in Switzerland because I will start working in next year in Switzerland
    can you help me to find a good apartment, please

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