Rudie (68) and Alie (67) Dijkema have lived in a house in Winsum for thirty years. “The children all had a bedroom, it was satisfactory,” Rudie begins.
They would now like to move to another home, but that is not possible. Alie: ‘We get a little older, and then you look for something that suits you better,’ Alie explains. ‘We don’t have to leave for the location, but everything on one floor, that would be really nice.’
‘Yes,’ her husband continues, ‘we can also purchase stair lifts, but I prefer it if a house is on one floor. And all that space is not necessary, it would be nicer if a family could live here. And we’ll be in a seniors’ home or something like that. That is a fairer distribution.’
The search is very difficult. Alie: ‘It is not affordable. We have an AOW, with a little pension. Half of this house still belongs to the bank, interest-only. What should we buy a new house with?’
“Everything has become more expensive after corona,” she sighs. “Construction costs have skyrocketed, and how to fix this… I have no idea.”
Rudie and Alie want to move, but cannot buy anything