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...

11 easy ways to reduce energy use this winter

When I was a teenager, I studied behind my desk in my bedroom. Sometimes it was so cold, that I used a little electrical heater. Especially warm feet helped. Saving money on your energy bill is difficult? The prices for gas and electricity increased a lot last months....

Maintenance calendar for a Dutch house

On Dutch television, there is a programme which is called “Wie is de mol?”. A favourite of many people. In this programme, the attendees are doing a lot of games. One attendee is sabotaging the whole game in secret. And you need to guess who that is. ...

How to maintain a house in the Netherlands?

You buy a new house, so you don’t have to do much to maintain. May I tell you a story? It has been 3 years since we moved into our newly built house. And we received a binder full of information on how to maintain the house. After half a year they advised to...

Water in the Netherlands? There is always enough or not?

Water in the Netherlands. As a little girl, it was so normal to have water everywhere around our house. In the village, I grew up every street had its own ditch. And we lived closed to a large river, called “de Lek”.  As the seasons went there was always...