About Us

Orange Homes is a boutique home-finding and relocation company set up to meet the needs of the relocating expat professional. Our services are designed to enable the expat to have a seamless transition from their home country to living and working in the Netherlands

Whether this is your first international move or your fifth, relocating to a new country is still a time-consuming and administrative challenge. Orange Homes can help you with the entire relocation process from helping you with your household goods removals from your current home, locating schools for your children, helping with Residence Permits, finding your new home to finding you a cleaning service and everything in between!

Corporate Relocation

Corporate relocations are a key part of our services. We work closely with HR teams and employee so that there is a well managed transfer and with the minimum of disruption to the work schedule for both employee and employer. We take care of the time consuming administrative details and make sure that the new assignee (and family) have all the support they need so that they can quickly settle in to life in the Netherlands.

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Individual Relocation

It can be exciting to relocate to another country, and we want to help you have a positive experience with your move. But we also know that sometimes it can be difficult – maybe the house-hunting is taking up too much of your time or maybe you just can’t work out which forms need to be completed and when. We know that when you’re starting a new job the last thing you need is to take time off, again and again, to attend to all the details an international relocation entails. We can help with all of this – from finding the perfect home in the Netherlands, helping you open a bank account to importing the family pet. We make the appointments, we complete all the paperwork and we make sure that the administration of your move takes up as little of your time as possible.

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Home Finding

Our home-finding service is designed to make the best use of time for the relocating professional.

Finding a home when you don’t know the country, or even the neighbourhood, can be one of the most challenging aspects of an international relocation. It can also take up a significant amount of time, just when an employee needs to be focussed on their new overseas assignment. We can help provide a soft landing for the whole family by listening carefully to their needs and putting together a housing tour of carefully selected properties in desirable neighbourhoods.

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Dutch American Friendship Treaty (DAFT)

Are you an American entrepreneur who’s always dreamed of living in the Netherlands? Under the Dutch American Friendship Treaty (DAFT), Americans can apply for a Residence Permit to relocate to the Netherlands.

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Testimonials

We recently moved from Canada to Amsterdam and at first the thought of relocating to a new country was overwhelming and stressful but dealing with Orange Homes made our transition very smooth. Tara and Erica answered all of our questions at a timely matter, are extremely helpful and knowledgeable. We loved how they made us feel like family and at home the moment we arrived.

Flawless, personalized and seamless service by Tara and Erica at Orange-Homes. I can not recommend them enough. Through their professionalism, courtesy, reliability and consistency. Thank you, thank you and thank you !

Ruby and Jeffrey, Canadian

Erica & Tara helped me find a fabulous apartment! I relocated to Amsterdam from the US and was overwhelmed with the prospect of apartment hunting and setting up utilities in a foreign country. However, Orange Homes made it easy by helping me coordinate a short term stay, showing me multiple apartments that met my criteria, and finally handling the negotiation of the contract and move in details for my apartment. This team was responsive and listened to my needs. I highly recommend working with them.

Alana, USA

“We recently moved to Amsterdam for work and choosing to use Tara’s services to find housing was the best decision we could ever have made. Tara managed to find the perfect apartment with a great location for us, which was far more than we could have hoped for. She guided us through the whole process, and provided much needed information and support for us to navigate the whole system. I warmly recommend her services to anyone. 10/10”

Lotta , Helsinki, Finland

“Very friendly and helpful, definitely puts the customer first every time. If anyone can get you a house in Amsterdam, Tara can.”

Ilmari, Finland

“Tara is very helpful and professional. From the moment I first contacted her, I felt like she is the person who can help us with finding an apartment in Amsterdam and only a few moments later, we were already moving to our new home. Everything just went really smoothly and she was always available whenever we had questions. Couldn’t have asked for better service! “

Tiia, Finland

“Amazing service! Erica has been incredibly helpful in finding us the perfect home in Amsterdam. She took her time understanding our wishes and made sure she didn’t show us houses that were not within our budget. Since we moved to Amsterdam from abroad, she arranged all the viewings to take place on one day and took me around Amsterdam in her car. It was very helpful having someone with me during the viewings who was not the makelaar trying to sell the place to me. “

Marieke, London

“I met Tara over internet from Switzerland, after a call, she immediately had the idea of our needs as a family of 4. Presented some places but quite rapidly we have the right place to live. A true help and wonderful person. I could not recommend more to find the place to live in Amsterdam. Thank you again for all.”

David, Switzerland

Who We Are

Tara Alapiessa
Tara Alapiessa Director
Tara Alapiessa was born in Kenya and moved to England at an early age. She later moved to Finland and lived there for 10 years before moving to the Netherlands with her husband and has been living in Amsterdam for 18 years. Tara has significant experience in the Netherlands housing market, first buying and renovating properties before moving in to home finding services. Helping expats find their perfect home in the Netherlands is a job she loves!
Tara – +31 (0)6 27 05 00 04
 Erica Ackerman
Erica Ackerman Director
Erica has lived abroad for most of her adult life working in the British Diplomatic Service – and has now lived in 13 different countries in Latin America, Asia, North America and Europe. She fully understands the excitement, and the stress, of an international move and knows that it doesn’t always go smoothly. She is living in the Netherlands for the second time – having first lived here 2005-2012, before returning in 2016 – and this time she plans to stay!
Erica – +31 (0)6 29 56 57 83
Jennie Dooré
Jennie DooréRelocation Consultant
Jennie has 20 years plus experience across various industries including a global Investment Bank, one of the ‘Big Four’ Management Consultancies as well as various roles in top Real Estate and Telecoms companies, all based in London. Jennie is British, and having been relocated to Amsterdam just over a year ago she is all too familiar with the pain points for companies and families alike, and is here to make the process a happy, positive and smooth experience for all involved.
Jennie – +31 (0)6 82 05 87 77

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