Renting a house in Weert
As I wanted to better understand the housing rental market in Weert, I did some research and sent out some questionnaires to housing agents locally to find out the more about the landscape of the rental market. I noticed that Dwars Marklaars is the only one in Weert who partnered with Holland Expat Centre South and had a pleasant chat with Eugène Konings from Dwars Makelaars Eindhoven.
Eugène shared that part of the Holland Expat Centre South activities, they had an info session with a group of expats working in Eindhoven (ASML, NXP, Phillips, etc) to help them find a suitable home to rent or buy. "The Eindhoven region has a population of around 300-400k. As the number of residents in Eindhoven grows, so does the demand for housing. Finding a suitable home in Eindhoven is getting harder by the day. Many people who work in Eindhoven are now seeking affordable housing options within 30-45 minutes commute from work. In any other major cities in the world, such as London, Paris, Singapore, etc, it is very common to commute for 60 minutes to work."
If you draw a line in where you can live 30-45 minutes from Eindhoven city, the option includes
Veldhoven (5-6% cheaper than houses in Eindhoven)
Valkenswaard (similar to prices in Eindhoven / Veldhoven). Although Valkenswaard is pretty close to Eindhoven, there is no highway connection or train service between Valkenswaard and Eindhoven
Helmond (25-30% lower than houses in Eindhoven)
Weert (25-30% lower than houses in Eindhoven). Compared to Helmond, Weert offers a better environment and lifestyle with a more relax ambience, nature, sports facilities, restaurants and cafés
So what makes Weert an attractive city to live in for people who work in Eindhoven?
A good connection with the highway (A2), by car it takes 25 minutes (normal) to 45 minutes (peak time). By train, from Weert Station you can travel to Eindhoven Central Station in 19 minutes
A safer environment for a young family to raise children. Practically there is no bad neighbourhood in Weert
Small means convenient, it's easy to run your daily errands for groceries, and other chores
Surrounded by lots of nature and greeneries. The Municipality of Weert was named the ‘Greenest region in the world’ in 2014
Close to the Belgium and German borders
Eugène shared some tips/info for property rental seeker:
Location (convenient for daily commute to work/school)
The neighbourhood (safety, accessibility)
A house with good insulations (double glass, check the energy label)
When you rent a house/apartment, the building insurance would be covered by monthly rental cost. However, it's important to get your belongings such as furniture, tv, laptop, etc insured too
If you are looking to rent an apartment, usually there is a rental service cost payable to the building management (average of €45-60 per month)
What are the pros and cons of renting vs buying?
Renting makes it flexible, sign a contract which makes it possible to leave after 1 or 2 years depending on the contract. If you buy a house, you have to sell the house, but every month that you pay the rent but the monthly mortgage is an investment on your own. The total amount will add up to your house investment, if the market grows, you’ll make an extra profit. Depending on the market condition, which option is more attractive financially and how long are you going to stay here.
If you are in the market for renting or buying a house in Eindhoven / Weert, it is worth to appoint a housing agent who acts on your behalf and look out for things that matter the most for you and your family. It saves you time and perhaps money (in the long run) from making rookie mistakes in a new environment.
PS: This is not a sponsored article, although I could not refuse their little Tony Chocolonely!
Eugène Konings is genuinely passionate about helping people to find the right home or even a dream home.
Tel: 040 4444000
More details about a general rental agreement in The Netherlands by Iamexpat.nl:
In general, rental contracts in the Netherlands should include:
Both your and your landlord’s name and signature.
An agreed monthly rent and method of payment.
Rental security deposit information, if applicable.
An address and description of the place.
Starting and ending dates.
Specific house rules (pets, third party housing, smoking policy etc.).
Landlord’s duties (maintenance, repairs etc.).
A notice period for terminating the contract.
An inventory list (if the apartment is furnished).
The date on which the rent will be increased each year