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7 things to think about before buying your first home

7 things to think about before buying your first home

My husband and I have been married for 5 years now. I’ve always wanted to own a house of my own, my husband is more of a free spirit, however he agrees we’re not getting any younger especially as our first child will soon be 5 and starting school soon – so we need to start putting down roots and a house is definitely one of them.

Owning a house is by no means a straight forward thing to do but it’s a dream for many. Here are 7 questions to consider before buying your first home.

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1. Have you done your research?

I spend a lot of time looking at houses for sale in my area – I thought that was all the research I needed to do. However, after some random reading I realised there is a lot more to researching property prices, schools and towns on websites like Zoopla. You have to think about the mortgage rates, credit score, etc

2. Are you ready for the commitment?

Buying a house is a huge commitment, having lived in rented accommodation for the last 5 years I know this now. There are so many little things one takes for granted, sorting out broken appliances, buying appliances, re-decorating, taking care of the garden, just to name a few. There is pride in knowing it’s mostly yours but it’s also a big commitment which cannot be taken lightly.

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3. Do you plan on having a ‘large family’?

It might seem like a strange question but this often time determines whether a 1 bedroom or a 3-bedroom house is best. If you’re a couple and looking to have kids in the near future then I’d suggest considering 2 – 3 bedroom houses, within budget of course. Seeing as we already have 2 kids we’re definitely working towards a 3 bedroom to start with

4. Do you love your current job?

I thought I loved my previous job but when an opportunity came to move I took it without looking back! If we had bought a house while at my previous job it would have been a nightmare switching jobs especially as the new job was over 100 miles always. Maybe we won’t have moved at all.

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5. Do you love being around family/friends?

If you’re like me, you probably have family/friends located in a particular region. I’ve found that having family and friends around is a lovely feeling, knowing you’re not alone and that the kids can go visit their cousins is great. This is one of the reasons why we decided to move and it is something to definitely consider when one wants to plant their roots.

6. Do you know how much it will really cost?

I thought buying a house mainly involved getting the mortgage based on the price of the house and then I started doing my research and found out there was something called stamp duty, then I heard about conveyancing and realised I’d have to pay solicitors’ fee, then get house surveys done which I had honestly never heard about! The prices just continue to add up! It’s definitely pays to do your research way ahead of time – I’ve found Reallymoving to be good for local solicitors fees and surveys.

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7. Do you have the money?

This is the biggest question of all and will determine the final decision to move or not! We’ve been saving and still are limited, especially with the move down south – this means our deposit is going to be even bigger so we have to save even more money! This might push our plan a little bit but we’ll get there, eventually!

After answering all these questions I realised that I was ready for that big step because it is a big step, now we just need to get the right deposit to make our move. Are you ready to buy your first dream house?

Featured photo credit: Joel Bybee via flickr.com

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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