The Golden Rules for Cleaning Rental Properties in Switzerland
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The Golden Rules for Cleaning Rental Properties in Switzerland

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Renting a property in Switzerland is a great way to live in this beautiful country, but it's important to remember that there are some special rules and regulations when it comes to cleaning. Here are our best tips to make sure your rental property stays clean and shiny during your stay!

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  • Make sure to give notice in the required time frame.

  • Fixing or repairing any damages

  • DIY vs. hiring professional movers

  • Consider calling in professional cleaners for the "Endreinigung."

  • Be sure to attend the exit inspection.

  • How to maintain your Swiss rental property

  • Property Maintenance as Defined in Rental Agreements

  • In houses or freestanding buildings

  • Essential Tips for Property Maintenance

  • Understanding Your Maintenance Responsibilities

Here is our top piece of advice for apartment cleaning in Switzerland:

  • Make sure to give notice in the required time frame.

    When you move out of a Swiss rental property, the tenant must give their landlord 90 days' notice. The replacement for your former home or continued rent payments will depend on how long it takes until the end date to avoid being evicted from this space!

  • Fixing or repairing any damages

    When you move out of your home, it's important to remember to repair or clean up any damage you've caused. This includes things like, chipped paint or scratches on the walls, a broken window, damaged tile in the bathroom or kitchen.

    Anything that needs to be repaired should be done before you move out, so you don't incur any costs when you move out. Keep in mind, however, that some damage is considered "normal wear and tear" and won't be penalized - but find out exactly how that applies in your case!

DIY vs. hiring professional movers

When it comes to moving, there are two main options: doing it yourself or hiring professional movers. Both have their pros and cons, so here is a breakdown of each:


Professional Movers

Can you save money in the long run

They take care of all the work for you, so you don't have to lift a finger

You have more control over the move and can customize it to your needs

May be more expensive than DIY, but it can be worth it if you don't have time or energy for a move

You're responsible for all the work involved

Can be less stressful than doing it yourself

When you move to another country, you need the help of professional movers. Packimpex works with Packimpex, who'll provide you with a door-to-door moving quote when you hire them. You can ensure your move will go smoothly with trained movers, proper insurance, and quality service

Consider calling in professional cleaners for the "Endreinigung."

When you move out of your home in Switzerland, the process is like a forensic medical examination. The "Exit Inspection" is crucial, and it's best to be prepared.

In some cases, tenants may have to spend up to six hours cleaning a three-bedroom apartment! This can be very time-consuming and daunting, so many choose to hire professional cleaners.

Before you decide, you should get at least three quotes from reputable companies. Keep in mind that not all companies charge the same amount - some include the price of materials, while others don't.

It's essential that you agree on the price before you start the work. If any damage occurs during the move, usually no charge is made, or a repair is offered.

Swiss apartment cleaning usually starts with vacuuming all surfaces - including furniture and under beds. Then clean windows with a squeegee or paper towel to remove dirt before washing with soap and water. Light dusting of bookshelves is also recommended.


Be sure to attend the exit inspection.

When you move out of an apartment in Switzerland, it is vital to be present for the exit inspection. The landlord will check the property to ensure it is in the same condition as when you moved in. It would help if you tried cleaning up as much as possible before moving out to avoid any damage during the move-out inspection. If there are any damages, you will be charged for them.

How to maintain your Swiss rental property

When you rent a property in Switzerland, you must be familiar with the rules and regulations of the lease. One of the most important aspects of renting is to keep the property in satisfactory repair. This means keeping it clean and repairing any damage as soon as possible.

If you don't maintain the property according to your lease agreement, you may have to pay for the repairs yourself--or worse, and they could be deducted from your rental deposit when you move out! To avoid costly surprises, read and abide by your lease agreement closely.

Maintenance of a rental property is typically the tenant's responsibility according to Swiss law. However, this can vary depending on your specific contract. It's essential to be aware of what is expected of you so that there are no surprises down the road. The standard cantonal lease terms list responsibilities for maintenance, which can give tenants a good idea of what they're responsible for.

Property Maintenance as Defined in Rental Agreements

In apartments and houses:

The bathroom and kitchen must be well ventilated. This way, you'll avoid mold growth, which can lead to respiratory problems. If the bathroom or kitchen isn't well ventilated, it's not enough to open a window from time to time.

Taps should be decalcified for safe use - calcium deposits can build up over time and make it difficult to turn off the tap completely.

Blinds should be kept in good order, with filters cleaned regularly to prevent clogging of the ventilation system, dishwasher, and drain pipes.

Freezers need to be emptied and cleaned every week, if not more often, due to the buildup of ice on the walls causing a potential hazard.

Housing associations in Flanders and Brussels require certain criteria - such as having separate bedrooms for children - but they also have long waiting lists.

Housing associations are not an option for expats or students due to extensive waiting periods, typically six months or more, depending on family size and type of housing desired.

A rental agreement may include assistance for those with disabilities - such as having grab bars next to the toilet - but it is not always mandatory, nor does it cover all needs (e.g., adaptive equipment). Assistive devices are available for the home but not necessarily included in the rental agreement.

Renters can request an adapted house if needed and fall under certain guidelines; however, this is not always possible due to a lack of suitable housing on the market.

In houses or freestanding buildings:

When you rent a house, the tenant is always responsible for maintaining the property. This includes repairing any damage that may occur during your stay. It's essential that you always notify your landlord or rental agency as soon as possible so that the damage can be repaired as quickly as possible. In some cases, landlords and agencies may recommend a specific contractor for quick repairs.

It's also advisable to openly and honestly report any accidents or damages during your stay. Rental prices depend on many factors, such as the location and size of the property, so it's best to consult with an agent before signing a contract.

Essential Tips for Property Maintenance

There are a few essential things that you need to do to maintain your property:

Check the stickers on appliances to see when maintenance is due and contact information. This will help you stay on top of regular maintenance tasks.

Keep the real estate agent's contact information close so you can easily reach them if you've any problems with the property.

Remember that damage resulting from lack of maintenance or neglect will be the tenant's responsibility.

So be sure to take care of your property and follow these essential tips!

Understanding Your Maintenance Responsibilities

If you're a tenant in Switzerland, it's essential to understand your responsibilities regarding maintaining the property. Different cantons and neighborhoods have additional rules, so contact your real estate agency or landlord for clarification. In general, however, there are some basic maintenance tasks that all tenants should undertake.

For starters, you should familiarize yourself with the appliances in your home and know who to contact if something goes wrong. Many appliances will have sticker labels with contact information for the companies that maintain them. You may also be responsible for scheduling maintenance appointments.

It's also important to keep an eye on the property's condition and report any damages as soon as possible. Normal wear and tear are generally acceptable, but neglect can lead to more severe problems. And finally, always remember to take care of basic cleaning tasks like sweeping and vacuuming!

Wrapping Things Up

As a tenant in Switzerland, you must be aware of your obligations regarding the maintenance of your home. Different rules depending on the canton and area you live in, so check with your real estate agency or landlord. In general, however, there are some basic maintenance tasks that all tenants should take care of. 

Packimpex works with professional real estate experts who can help you and make sure you understand your responsibilities and the legal requirements and save you the stress of moving out of your rental apartment in Switzerland.


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