Buyers run the risk of buying a house with hidden defects. Fortunately for home buyers in the Netherlands, there are laws in place to protect buyers from unknowingly purchasing a property that has a lot of problems.
Sellers are required, by law, to notify you of any known defects such as leaking roofs, rotten floors or noisy neighbours. If the sellers don’t do this, they can be held responsible. You could go as far as dissolving the purchase agreement even after you bought and moved into the property.
However, buyers also have a duty to examine the property before purchasing it. In some cases, such as with old or suspicious properties, it may make sense for you to arrange a structural survey report. Such a report will cost you a few hundred euros. If the inspector finds any defects, you can renegotiate your purchase agreement or cancel the contract.
As you can see, the risks of buying a home are limited and the benefits attractive. Here are some example calculations so you can see the numbers for yourself.