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The most common type of dwelling is the terraced house. This is a family home, two or three storeys high, with a front and back garden, adjoined by two, three or more identical homes.

A standard Dutch house has two rooms in addition to the kitchen, living room, toilet and bathroom.

Most Dutch people live in urban areas, yet the limitation of space is putting pressure on rural areas too. Many city dwellers would love to live amidst the water and the greenery of the countryside. Since space is scarce in the Netherlands, many people live in low- or high-rise flats.

Due to a lack of information on the local property market, regulations, laws and technicalities, it is advisable for newcomers to use the services of an estate agent (makelaar), rather than trying to find a property by themselves. This applies to both renting and buying properties and saves unnecessary costs that might be incurred on top of an agent's commission.