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7 things to think about before buying your first home

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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?

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Featured photo credit: Joel Bybee via flickr.com

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Last Updated on November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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Simplify

I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

Absolutely.

And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

  • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
  • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

Be Mindful

You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

Reflect

As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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