My contract is now going to be a permenant positon and we are thinking about buying a house in Holland, but what I really am thinking and know that some others have done this is to buy a small house here and another cottage of flat some where with a better climate, and bigger gerden. I was wondering if any other forum members have tried this and perhaps recommend an area where we could get to fairly easily by car.
I understand that this Saturday is National Open House Day in The Netherlands, could someone explain how it works because it's not very clear. Are we able to turn up and knock on the door of a house which has a 'Te Koop sign' outside or do we still have to show up with the makkelaar?
I am waqnting ti build an extention on the back of ny house, what would be a reasonable cost per hour that a Dutch builder would quote? I have heard lots of different stories some as much as 53 euros an hour to 40 euros and hour. if anyone has some experience I'd be interested Nick
Hi - is any one else fed up with the amount of people knocking on the door asking for money for charity? Last summer it was almost evry night it was happening and last week it has started again. I personally don't give money to the people, partly because I want to choose who I give it to (if at all) and secondly because I just think they have a bloody cheek coming to my house and asking for money. My standard answer is I am sorry, but my husband (who is Dutch) says that when the Dutch Government lower the taxes, then we will give to charity, until then I am sorry but we wont, but good luck with your collection. They generally say fair enough or good point!! But is there some kind of sticker (like there is for junk mail) saying don't knock on my door if you are from a charity!!
I used to have some special beans that I could put into a pastry case so I could 'bake blind'. Over the years of moving I have lost them, would any know if I could buy them somewhere in Hollland? I seem to be doing more baking as I can't seem to find any decent pastry, the onlt stuff I can find is in small squares in the frozen department of the supermarket.
We seem to have been recently plagued with sales calls around 6 p.m. in the evening, so far we have energy companies, telephone companies and some one trying to sell an Ajax signed football. Most of the time some of the saless people have limited Dutch, and we are not the owners of the house. That time is the 'witching hour' in our house when I have 2 small tired children to get fed and to bed. Is there a way of stopping these calls? In the UK there was a number you could ring and they would stop any callers.