How to find second-hand furniture?

A new wardrobe? In 2018, I had the “brilliant” plan to buy a wardrobe on Marktplaats. This is an online platform where people can sell a lot of second-hand stuff like furniture. When we got married, we didn’t have enough money to buy a bed and a new...

Painting the interior of a house, what does it cost?

“Outsource painting is so expensive, and all the Dutch do it themselves. It looks so easy, however, I don’t know where to start. And, I just want to have it done”. That’s what my client M. said. What is difficult for you? I asked. She replied:...

What to expect when becoming a house owner in the Netherlands?

“You should write a blog about what it is to be a house owner in the Netherlands.” An Indian man said. That was a comment during an information evening about renovating your house in the Netherlands, I organized. “Because I would have loved to know...

Costs for a house owner in the Netherlands

Every year, around February, I expect a bill is coming to our house. It’s not a surprise any more, but every year I think: which amount would it be this year. And then, in May, the next one is coming. Of course, it is easy to complain about this, but I choose to...

Renovating your house? Check for subsidy

In a lot of blogs, I mentioned that you can apply for subsidies. But what kind of subsidy is available when renovating your house? It is time for a new blog. Why would the Dutch government give you a subsidy? Most of us agree that climate change is a problem. And,...

11 questions to ask your real estate agent

Let’s start with a story. A few years back, we were planning to buy a house. In the third house we visited, we were thinking to start bidding. The house was within our budget, everything looked nice. But before, we had a second viewing planned. And it was time...