Hello, housing hunters of the Netherlands! Today, we’re tackling a subject that’s as crucial as it is daunting: how to craft the perfect email for your housing application. Yes, it’s an art form, and yes, we’re about to make Picasso proud. So grab a coffee, and let’s dive in!
To Whom Are You Writing?
First off, identify your audience. Is it the landlord, who reigns over the property kingdom, or fellow tenants, who might be your future Netflix-binge partners? The tone and content can vary slightly.
The Landlord Edition: Respectful and Professional
For landlords, think of your email as a cover letter for your dream home. You want to be respectful, slightly formal, yet relatable. Here’s a checklist:
Subject Line: Clear and concise. E.g., “Application for [address], [Your Name]”.
Introduction: A friendly hello and a brief introduction. Mention your name, a bit about yourself, and express your interest in the property.
Background: Dive into who you are. Share your occupation, hobbies (keep it common-interest friendly), and perhaps a fun fact. E.g., “By day, I’m a graphic designer, by night, an aspiring pasta chef.”
Practical Info: Discuss the essentials – your rental duration plans, possibly your gross income (if you’re comfortable), and anything that makes you a reliable tenant.
Closing: Express enthusiasm about the possibility of making their property your home, and invite them to contact you for any further information or for a viewing.
The Tenant Edition: Friendly and Engaging
When writing to potential roommates, you’re auditioning for a role in their daily lives. Be more informal and engaging.
Subject Line: A dash of personality helps. “Future Roomie? – [Your Name] Applying for [address]”.
Introduction: Start with a warm greeting. Share your name and why you’re excited about the possibility of joining their home.
Personal Touch: Share about your lifestyle, hobbies, and quirks. Humor is your friend here. E.g., “I come with an impressive collection of board games and a talent for making Sunday pancakes.”
Compatibility: Mention your living habits that make you a great roommate. Are you tidy? A quiet night owl? A plant enthusiast who can ensure the living room resembles a mini-jungle?
Closing: Show eagerness to meet them and learn more about the shared living dynamics.
Making a Connection
It’s all about forging a personal connection. Whether it’s with a landlord or potential roommates, showing them that you’re not just another name in the inbox can make a world of difference.
Personal Stories: Share a brief, relatable story. Maybe about how you turned a previous house into a cozy home, or a funny yet harmless mishap you had while learning to cook.
Ask Questions: Show interest in the property or the house dynamics. Ask about the neighborhood, the house rules, or what the existing tenants enjoy doing in their free time.
Mention Local Ties: If you have a connection to the neighborhood or city, mention it. It shows you’re invested in the area and not just looking for any roof over your head.
Extra Tips for Standing Out
Personalize Your Email: If you know the name of the landlord or existing tenants, use it. It adds a personal touch.
Unique Hobby or Skill: Maybe you’re great at community events or have a knack for fixing things. Small details can be memorable.
Highlight Stability: Important for landlords. Mention stable employment or a history of reliable renting.
Touch of Humor: A light joke or witty remark can make your email more engaging. Keep it appropriate and professional.
Personal Recommendation: If referred, mention the name. It can create trust and connection.
Keep it Concise: Long essays are for college, not housing applications.
Be Honest: Don’t pretend to be someone you’re not.
Proofread: Avoid ‘not-so-detail-oriented’ vibes.
Attach References: They’re like gold star stickers in adulting.
Follow-up: Shows continued interest.
Whether emailing a landlord or future housemates, balance professionalism with personality. With these tips, you’re well on your way to conquering the Dutch housing market. Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor! For kijkavond tips check out our blog Housing in the Netherlands – Viewings and Kijkavonds