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Care for your children

What is parental authority? In the Netherlands, having parental authority means that you are responsible for the care and education of your underage children. This means that parents with authority over their children have the duty and right to care for and raise their...

XMAS Alternative Ideas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year … to decorate! If you love Christmas and Christmas decorations but cringe at the idea of a huge tree taking up your living room and a cluttered house full of the same old decorations, you will find the following alternative - space efficient...

FC URBAN: FOOTBALL WHEN IT SUITS YOU!

Moving to a new city in the Netherlands can be tough if you don’t know many people there. This is especially the case for expat football fanatics, who generally require a few footballing friends to make up a team, or need to have a good grasp of Dutch to join most traditional clubs. And...

Your Health Insurance for 2023

Traditionally all the Health Insurance providers in the Netherlands will publish there prices for the new year around this time. Most of them came last weekend. Not surprisingly the prices went up, reasons for this are the rising age of the Dutch population, costs of staff and medicines....

Tips on Buying a House in the Netherlands

Are you considering buying a house in the Netherlands? Owning property in the Netherlands, whether it is in Amsterdam or another city makes good financial sense in the long term and it can be more beneficial than renting – depending on your mortgage arrangement. Finances aside,...

5 myths that can slow down your Dutch

Have you ever been trying to speak much better Dutch and have you noticed that somehow it is not easy to bring your Dutch to a whole new level? Then chances are high that you believe in one of certain language myths that can slow your down Dutch, or even worse, even stop it :(<br...

Marriage, mortgage and liability

I must concede that when I hear the word "mortgage", the word "marriage" is not the first thing that comes to mind. The same surely applies to many buyers of real estate in the Netherlands, expats in particular. But I can assure you that a marriage has everything to do with a...

Renovation Cost Estimate | Why is it so important

Renovation Cost Estimate | Why is it so important to estimate the cost of your renovation before you start When it comes to renovation, architecture or interior design projects, we tend to underestimate the amount of time and the budget it will take. This is common even for industry...

To buy a house pre or post renovation?

Having spent more time at home than ever before in the last year and a half, you might feel like it&rsquo;s time to move, relocate or upgrade to a new house. In this case, you might be asking yourself if you should go for a new, completely renovated house or instead, opt for a property which...

Renovation Permits: Which application is right for you?

Home renovation permits are not necessary for all renovation projects. Whether the project in question requires a permit or not depends on certain aspects, such as location or the need for structural changes for example. Relevant alterations may include things like the demolishing of a...