Settle Down
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Are you an expat or an international, and have you bought a house in the Netherlands? Do you think about adjusting your house to your own wishes? But don’t know where to start?

We can help. Let’s make you a home.

Your answer to

Where to start when I want to renovate my Dutch house?

Are you an expat living in the Netherlands and own a house? Thinking about renovating? But don’t know where to start and end? Let’s sit down together and make a solid plan.

That means less stress and oversight for you. We will share our knowledge about prices, materials and planning. And, much more, so the process of house renovation will be easier for you!

Questions you might have


The house needs an update, but what are the possibilities?


I recently bought a house, but a lot of work needs to be done. Where do I start and end?


I want to make changes in my house, but which company do I get in to do the work? What is a reasonable price?


What options do I have to make my house more sustainable?


How can I make the best use of my time and money?


What am I forgetting?


We help you with


Reducing stress


Gaining a better overview of all that needs to be done / arranged


Ensuring you invest your money well


Overcoming a potential language and cultural barriers


Setting realistic goals in terms of time, energy and finances


Knowing which materials you need and where you can buy them


Reducing the time it takes to make your house into a home


Curious about what we can do for you?

Plan an introductory meeting without any obligation, free of charge. 

You are not alone

Before I started Settle Down Support, I saw many internationals and expats struggling with housing. And when they found a house, it took ages before it feels like home.

I believe a home to be one of life’s necessities. Once your house is a home, you can relax and devote more energy to what really matters.  Such as work and family.

Who am I?

I am Marijke. Since my years at university, I love to have people from different cultures around me. It has enriched my life in many ways. And, curious as I am, I always learn so much from internationals.

After studying to be a professional painter and teacher in building skills, I worked as a planner in a construction company. After 8 years, I needed a new challenge. That’s how Settle Down Support started up.


Start the process of renovating your house

Invest in maintaining your house and save money

Finishing touch

Personal advice

Recently bought a house? Or, do you want to adjust your house to your wishes, but don’t know where to start? Let’s do it together. First, we make clear your wishes and dreams. Then, we will start searching for the right materials, companies and offers.

Inspection and advice

You already live for some time in your house as an expat. And, now it is time for some maintenance. However, what is wise to do now and what can wait? Let’s take a closer look and see what will be a good investment for your house.

Colour and paint advice

Does your house feel as something is missing? Or do you want more unity in your house but don’t know how? A new layer of paint in the right colour makes a high difference. We can even help you learn how to paint.

Marijke has helped us before during our move. She viewed the whole house and made a shopping list so that we did not miss out while doing odd jobs and could work very efficiently. She also thought along with the colour plan. This gave a lot of rest in the hectic pace of moving house.
Now it was the turn of the attic to insulate. A job that we dreaded very much. We couldn’t outsource it either on short notice, because all construction companies are so busy nowadays. So I checked with Marijke if she could think along with us. She has worked out the plan for us on how we can insulate the attic step by step, including an order list of which products we need. She thinks of the smallest details, very nice! That means that we have the overview again and are confident that we will succeed in getting this job done.

– Karin


More information on how we can help you?

This 15-minute introductory meeting is free of charge.  No strings attached. Promised.

Download the renovation guide here


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