Real estate terminology guide for expats
When a property is described as furnished in Amsterdam it usually means that it has all the standard furniture you would expect in a home. However, this does not always extend to a television, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave or even oven so it is worth double checking if these will be included. A stove top and refrigerator should be givens, as are beds. The only way to be certain of what will be included is to visit and check.
If an apartment is listed as ‘unfurnished’ this may mean that there is literally nothing there so it is recommended that you ask if flooring and some kitchen appliances are included. The term semi-furnished is used to mean that an equipped kitchen is in place with flooring and perhaps carpets.
The number of rooms listed in an apartment will include bedrooms, living rooms, and the kitchen (if separate). Storage areas, kitchenettes, bathrooms, entryways and corridors are not usually included.
Most terminology used in the listings is quite straightforward. Two things to watch out for:
Excl./Incl. : Indicates that the rental price is either inclusive of utility costs or exclusive.
Parking space permit: Permits are needed to park your car in many parts of the city. Many apartments in Amsterdam come with these included.