What do I need to take into account if I'm planning to get my own place?

We zoom in on the key points

What do I need to take into account if I'm planning to get my own place?

We zoom in on the key points

You're moving out of your parents' home. That's a big step! But what do you have to take into account? What will change? Let's zoom in on what's important. 

An organised search

Set your budget

Neem de tijd om te beslissen of je gaat kopen of huren. Wil je graag een woning kopen, maar is het onhaalbaar ze zelf te financieren? Dan kun je aankloppen bij je bank: je vindt vast een hypothecair woonkrediet dat bij je past. Er bestaan zelfs online tools waarmee je je maandelijkse afbetaling kunt simuleren. Zo ben je helemaal voorbereid.
Heb je nog geen kapitaal aangelegd? Dan is het misschien beter om eerst enkele jaren te huren en te sparen voor een eigen woning

Decide what you want

Decide what conditions your home must fulfil. Do you prefer a particular region? Would you like to have specific facilities nearby? If you buy your home, you should think about the condition that it's in. Some people want a home that needs a lot of work done on it, while others simply long for a home that's ready for them to move into. Tip: make a list of all of your requirements. That makes the search for your dream home easier.

Start the search

Time to start house hunting! Scour the papers and property websites and make appointments for viewings. As a buyer, you can also use an estate agent. 

Sorted out your insurance?

You've found your house or apartment: you're well on your way! About to sign a contract? Visit your bank to take out your home insurance, also called fire insurance, to protect you against all kinds of potential risks. You should also consider family insurance, even if you live alone.

Protect your home and its contents

Storm or fire damage, glass breakage, theft and much more: fire insurance covers your home and its contents against a variety of accidents. What about storm damage to a bicycle or trampoline left outside? It doesn't matter – those risks are covered too. 

Extra legal assistance

When you take out a home insurance policy with KBC, you automatically get extra legal assistance. Handy if you have a dispute with the landlord.

Your change of address

Don't forget to notify the following parties of your change of address:

  • Your employer (if you're an employee)
  • Social insurance fund, VAT office, social secretariat and commercial register (if you're self-employed)
  • Flemish Office for Employment and Vocational Training or Actiris and the National Employment Office (if you're unemployed)
  • Health insurance fund

Your taxes

How does that work?

If you get your own place, you'll be sent an assessment notice for personal income tax every year. Whether it's a salary, a student job or unemployment benefit: you have to declare your taxable income every year. The tax authorities always look one year back. So the tax form you receive this year concerns your income for the previous year. Remember that you have to pay municipal and provincial taxes, too. The exact amounts and percentages vary from municipality to municipality.

Did your parents use to fill in your tax return for you? Don't be embarrassed to ask them for advice so you can handle your finances confidently yourself in future. 

How to file a tax return

This can be done in two ways: on paper and via tax-on-web. It's best to go for option two. This gives you a bit more time to get everything together.

Your car insurance

Got your own car? If so, you probably have a car insurance policy that your parents might have paid for up till now. Since you're going to get your own place, this insurance is another cost you have to factor in. The exact amounts involved depend on the type of insurance you choose. Ask your bank or insurance agent about this.

Planning on renting? Our renting checklist is your handy tool!

When renting a home and moving, there's so much to take into consideration. With KBC's renting checklist, you'll have a list of all tasks, and you'll be able to add them to your own to-do list and diary.

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