Hi Orion, if you're looking to move to the greater Amsterdam area, Amstelveen or Diemen are absolutely better value for money. Also they're nice places to be with young children (less crowded and a little more laid back)
Most Dutchies rent through the socialized sector which has about a 10 year waiting list, almost all houses up to 664 euros a month fall in this category. Everything else is called free sector and thus free game...
The expat companies especially will charge you exorbitant amounts. A good alternative are the free sector houses owned by "social rent companies"
If you need anymore info, let me know! Good luck!