Home Finding Assistance
One of the most important but time consuming aspects of relocating to a new country is finding the right home. We all have different requirements and preferences when searching for a property and our comfort is dependent on securing a home that suits.
Due to the corona virus situation in the Netherlands, some services may be altered. However, we can still be of valuable service to you! For more detailed information, please read more about property viewings during the corona outbreak.
When moving to the Netherlands, one of your priorities is finding a suitable home. But this process takes time. Staying at a temporary accommodation for a short period of time, is a good solution to buy yourself some time for the search process, getting to know your new home city, and to make sure that you don’t feel rushed into making decisions that might not suit your housing needs in the end.
Settle Service can assist you by arranging a short term rental accommodation that fits your needs, such as a short term rental, a serviced apartment, or perhaps a hotel room.
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Whether you are looking for a rental apartment in Amsterdam city center, a three bedroom house in a child friendly neighbourhood in The Hague or a furnished studio in Rotterdam, we can help you succesfully find a new home in the Netherlands.
Our housing experts streamline the search process and provide unbiased assistance, putting your needs as top priority! We offer various home finding programmes to maximize the success of finding you the right property:
Home finding advice meeting
In this personal meeting one of our local experts shares information about the current housing market, discusses budgets and neighbourhoods and provides extensive home search advice. The meeting will provide a basis for your own search.
Home finding assistance
Settle Service will conduct a home finding meeting (personal or through Skype), in which we will analyse your housing requirements and wishes. Based on our analysis, we will search the entire market and share weblinks to available/suitable houses via your personalised and secure account in our MySettleService portal. We will set up and accompany viewings to the properties of your choosing. Settle Service will negotiate the rental contract and coordinate the move-in date;
Executive home finding (no commission)
Settle Service will conduct a home finding requirement analysis (personal or through Skype), in which we will analyse the housing requirements and wishes. Based on this, we will search the market and share links to available/suitable properties through our portal. We will arrange viewings and accompany you during the viewings on 1 day. Settle Service will negotiate the rental contract and coordinate the move-in date;
Executive home finding (with commission)
Settle Service will conduct a home finding requirement analysis (personal or through Skype), in which we will analyse the housing requirements and wishes. Based on this, we will direct the search to one of our SLA real estate partners. Together with them, we search the entire market and will set up and accompany a 1 day tour of suitable properties. Settle Service will negotiate the rental contract and coordinate the move-in date. This service can be extended into a 2 or 3 day viewing tour.
Often negotiating the lease and screening the rental contract is part of our home finding assistance packages. But these services can also be provided separately. In the situation you have found a rental property on your own, these services can help you prevent to unwelcome surprises during your stay in the Netherlands.
Buying a house
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Often expats prefer to rent a property for the first period of their stay in the Netherlands. This is something we encourage. But in time, buying a property might be an interesting financial investment. An important financial decision!
Do you qualify for a mortgage in the Netherlands?
What types of mortgages are there to choose from? What costs are involved? One of the many questions that emerge when playing with the thought of buying a property in the Netherlands. We can assist you in this process and advise in the steps to take. An overview of our property services are:
Home Purchase Assistance
Settle Service will make a thorough analysis of the available budget, requirements and wishes. Based on this, we will screen the market for an appropriate real estate agent, who will search the market. Appointments for viewings will be coordinated, and accompanied during the first two. Once a suitable property is found, we are by your side and negotiations will start. Once an agreement has been reached with the seller, we will coordinate the signing of the documentation and advise on a reliable notary.
Marketing assistance home sale
We will contact real estate agents to estimate the value of the property. The real estate agents will be welcomed to the house by a Settle Service consultant. We will contact the selected agent regularly in order to discuss the progress of the sale and will discuss steps needed with the agent and your employee. The programme stops when the house is sold.
Representation at notary
In case you are physically no longer in the Netherlands, Settle Service can legally represent you at the notary and sign documentation on your behalf.
Property Management (Occupied)
In case you would like to keep your property when moving out the Netherlands (temporarily or not), we can unburden you by managing your property on your behalf. We coordinate the process of renting out your property and make sure the house is rented as soon as possible.. When a tenant moves in or out, we will perform a move in/out inspection and act on your behalf as home owner.
Property Management (Vacant)
In case you would like to keep your property when moving out the Netherlands (temporarily or not), we can unburden you by keeping an eye on your property. We will pay a visit to the house on a monthly basis, check the house, the premises and will contact you if major repairs need to be done. We can work with an agreed budget for minor repairs.
Found your new home? It’s time to move in! It is important to make sure that the move-in is well coordinated and documentation is in place. We can be there for you during these final steps of the housing process by providing the following services:
Move in inspection
Right after the signing of the contract, a move in inspection will be arranged by Settle Service. One of your local consultants will describe the status of the property and check the appliances. All notes are combined in an extensive report and photos will illustrate the current condition of the property. This report is very important at the end of the lease period. With this proof, negotiations about the return of the deposit will be less time consuming and will have a better result.
Hook up utilities
Gas, water, electricity, television, telephone and internet connections are set up.
“All steps of settling down met my expectations. All my questions have been promptly answered and I could always count on assistance.“