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...

What you need to know about undeclared work in the Netherlands

Not a fancy subject this time: undeclared work or working black in the Netherlands. However, an important one. If you are thinking about renovating your house, you may phase this question: Do you want the work done partly undeclared or not? Why this blog? The answer...

Reading a Dutch quotation from a company

Every holiday, I make a list of what needs to be done in the house. Odd things like cleaning the ventilation system or painting the stairs. As a result, the last one is now on my list, and it takes good planning with a family who walks the stairs daily! Next time I...