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What says the energy label about your house?

What says the energy label about your house?

An energy label for your house in the Netherlands? What is the difference between a B-label and a D-label? That was what somebody asked me this week. Good subject for this blog. A house is not a car or electrical device. But they have in common that they all have an...

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Tiny house in the Netherlands in 5 steps

Tiny house in the Netherlands in 5 steps

Why this blog? A few weeks ago, I saw a post on Facebook. An international couple was asking for help because they dreamed of a tiny house in the Netherlands. They read already some things, but it was complicated to oversee the process. Everything was written in...

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Housing in NL

Tiny house in the Netherlands in 5 steps

Tiny house in the Netherlands in 5 steps

Why this blog? A few weeks ago, I saw a post on Facebook. An international couple was asking for help because they dreamed of a tiny house in the Netherlands. They read already some things, but it was complicated to oversee the process. Everything was written in...

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8 Villages around Eindhoven to live in

8 Villages around Eindhoven to live in

Houses are so expensive in Eindhoven. What about the villages around Eindhoven? It is a sentence I heard a lot last year, followed by a sigh. Do you recognize this? Read on. In the Netherlands, we had a lockdown in spring 2020. In this time, the kids were of course...

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New or renovated house vs DIY house

New or renovated house vs DIY house

A new house vs DIY house What do you prefer? Where do you see yourself living the next few years? Do you know I prefer a DIY house before a renovated house or a newly built house? Here is the reason: I like a building where you can feel and see that there has been a...

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Neighborhoods in Eindhoven

Neighborhoods in Eindhoven

As a student, I cycled through a lot of neighborhoods in Eindhoven, because I did everything by bike and visit almost every member of the student association I was involved in. Which was a very good life, of course. The members were located all around Eindhoven and...

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Estate agents in Eindhoven with English website

Estate agents in Eindhoven with English website

Several types of estate agents A real estate agent or broker is called "makelaar" in Dutch. Read on for a list with real estate agents in Eindhoven. There are two kinds of brokers. "Aankoopmakelaar", which will help you to buy a house, and a "verkoopmakelaar" will...

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Buying a newly built house – the advantages

Buying a newly built house – the advantages

Out of my own experience, buying a newly built house in the Netherlands can be quite challenging. For me the most challenging was that I had an idea in my mind, but it didn't always was the reality. For example: we waited a lot longer before our house was ready, due...

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Purchasing a house in the Netherlands

Purchasing a house in the Netherlands

I have a hobby which I didn't know I had. It's called "Funda". And it works like this. First you go to the website Funda and then you select which houses you want to see. Do you want to see every house above €2.000.000,00, no problem! And the interiors? It's like...

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Expat rental housing in Eindhoven

Expat rental housing in Eindhoven

In preparation for starting Settle Down Support, I did some research on expat rental housing in Eindhoven. In interviews, I asked people how they found a place to live. And what experiences they have in finding a house. Renting a house When internationals stay the...

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Best places to live in the Netherlands

Best places to live in the Netherlands

As a Dutch, I lived in several places throughout the Netherlands. Wassenaar (near The Hague), Kinderdijk (the windmills) near Dordrecht and Eindhoven. I also spend several weeks in Leiden and Delft and every year I visit at least 5 new places I have never been. I...

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Living in NL – service costs of your house

Living in NL – service costs of your house

Last year I got the interesting question from an international friend: “We received a letter and it said: “afrekening service kosten” (reckoning service costs) we will get a refund, but have we not paid too much? And what is in there anyway? Is that common of living...

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Opportunities on the house market for expats

Opportunities on the house market for expats

Have you seen it already? I don't know if it is the Covid-19 crisis or the house market, but I see a lot more houses for sale at the moment in Eindhoven. That means more opportunities for expats to buy a house. Especially around Meerhoven/ Veldhoven I see an increase....

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Our own experiences

Solar panels on a Dutch house – worth investing?

Solar panels on a Dutch house – worth investing?

Solar panels, what a difficult subject. When we bought our new house, we knew that the next step to make our house more sustainable would be placing solar panels on the roof. At that moment we hesitated. Why? One of the neighbours had a lot of trouble with leakage...

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Making my house a home – part 3 settling down

Making my house a home – part 3 settling down

  Settle down in my new house Of course, it took a while before I settled in my new house in Eindhoven, more specifically Meerhoven. (You can read about the previous phase here). What really helped was finishing the rooms one by one and just being together as a...

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Making my house a home – part 2 implementation

Making my house a home – part 2 implementation

Handover day The day we got the keys, I was nervous. We had only been able to visit the house in Eindhoven on three previous occasions. I was well aware that building projects of this nature being what they are, mistakes were bound to have been made, but it takes a...

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Making my house a home – part 1 preparation

Making my house a home – part 1 preparation

A new house, a new start After two years of waiting, we received the keys to our newly built house in Eindhoven. As is normal here in the Netherlands, it even smelled new. No floors had been laid; no kitchen had been installed. The walls were bare and there were no...

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Practical blogs

How to buy a bathroom in the Netherlands

How to buy a bathroom in the Netherlands

A new bathroom Sometimes, you have the feeling that you are overwhelmed because there are too many choices. If you are planning to buy a bathroom in the Netherlands, you can have this feeling. Where do I start? What is normal here? What do I need to expect? In some...

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Maintaining your Dutch house in the autumn

Maintaining your Dutch house in the autumn

We still hope for an Indian summer, but the temperatures are dropping now. For now autumn and winter are coming, so we better can get ready for that. We have a sea climate here, so autumn and winter can be very wet. Here some general things, which will work in your...

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Blinds to keep your house cool?

Blinds to keep your house cool?

After two years of living in our current house, we are still thinking on how we keep our house cool in the summer. It is time for another blog on this subject. This blog helps you to give you an overview when you are interested in blinds to keep your house cool in the...

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Gardening in the Netherlands – my own experiences

Gardening in the Netherlands – my own experiences

Hot weather This week in Eindhoven it is more than 35 degrees Celsius during the days and above 20 degrees in the night. We even slept in our back garden this week, just to cool down a bit. Which worked! Although it's too hot to be in the garden in the afternoons, I...

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Buying a kitchen in the Netherlands – tips and tricks

Buying a kitchen in the Netherlands – tips and tricks

A new kitchen Buying a kitchen in the Netherlands is not always easy. There are many choices to make, and a kitchen can be expensive. When we bought a kitchen we made a huge mistake: there was no installation in the quotation. Now we think it's funny, but at that...

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About the writer

Well, I am Marijke. I lived in several places in the Netherlands and now already for 14 years in Eindhoven. This is the city I love because all the green places and international identity.

At the age of 10 I drew a notebook full  of houses at school, because I was so bored. Later on I became fascinated with old houses and the finishing of them.  This made me decide that it was time to study further on this subject. And still, the technical and historical aspect of housing is very interesting to me. Combined with the love for other cultures and humans, makes that I love to write blogs. In blogging investigating, storytelling and helping others come together. I hope this will be pleasant to read and helps you further in the housing process. Feel free to contact me with suggestions for blogs or other questions. I love to hear from you!