Housing in the Netherlands
When you are looking for housing in the Netherlands – whether it is regarding houses, apartment or simply rooms – you should be focused and determined in your housing search.
It is important that you get into a searching process which gives you a complete overview of the housing market as quick as possible, so you can find the best and cheapest housing option by using as little time as possible.
We recommend that you go through these 8 steps, when searching for housing in the Netherlands:
Step 1: Start evaluating and defining your needs regarding space, decor etc. – not just for today, but also in the upcoming years.
Step 2: Find a geographical area where your housing option should be. It is important that you consider how the moving will affect your family’s and your own time spent on transport.
Step 3: Now you are ready to gather relevant housing options from the market. There are many good online databases to look at. For example, at Woningtarget.nl where you can find housing for rent or sale in the Netherlands.
Step 4: You have now gathered a bunch of housing ads that could potentially be relevant. First, remove those that do not at all suit your criteria. Then compare the prices and qualities among the rest – and divide them into two groups depending on how interesting they look. Contact the landlords/sellers from the most interesting group and book a showcasing. You should also contact the landlords/sellers in the other group to find out more – they might tell you something about the place that could make it more interesting, or the price might be negotiable.
Step 5: At the showcasing, you should distinguish whether the place is suitable for you. If the answer is yes, then make sure to get the following clarified – A: Price (can you get a good offer), B: Notice when renting (How short notice can you get – a short notice will give you better flexibility), C: Reparation (is the landlord/seller willing to make any reparations/changes to meet your wishes and needs).
Step 6: Now you have seen the different places og gathered detailed information about the negotiation options from the landlords and sellers. You should then narrow your search down to 1-3 housing options. Write an e-mail to each landlord/seller in which you tell that you are willing to sign the contract on certain terms – whatever suits your specific situation. It is important to indicate that you are ready for a quick deal. When you are negotiating, remember to also see it from the landlord/seller’s point of view. You do not need to suggest unnecessary things like for example that they need to renovate the place completely to suit your certain needs, while also saying you only want 3 months of notice etc.
Step 7: When the negotiation is over, you should ask the landlord/seller that you have chosen to send a contract. It is advisable that you get a professional to look through the contract, since you might end up paying an unnecessary huge amount of money the day you want to move out again.
Step 8: When you have found your new home, it is important that you quickly and systematically get back to all the other people you have been touch with and let them not that your search is over. You should keep in mind that they have spent a lot of time focusing on you and your needs – and that you might need to search for housing in the Netherlands again. Show respect by sending them a kind mail as soon as your situation has been cleared.