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5 Reasons to Consider Downsizing to a Park Home

5 Reasons to Consider Downsizing to a Park Home

Did you know that there are over 250,000 people living in residential park homes in the UK alone?

They’ve become an increasingly popular way of living over the last few years, and a large number of those residents have decided to downsize in their retirement.

There’s a number of reasons why park homes have proved so popular with those who wish to downsize, whether it be the modern, comfortable features of the homes themselves, the sense of community or the parks, or simply the great value.

We’re going to take a quick look at five reasons why you might wish to consider a park home if you’re thinking of downsizing.

1. Quality of life

While downsizing is obviously about moving to somewhere a bit smaller than your current home, you don’t want to have to compromise on quality and end up in some cramped flat.

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Park homes are anything but cramped and promote independence and leisure, in a sizeable and comfortable modern home.

And it’s not just the inside of a park home which is spacious. The parks themselves are set in acres of quiet greenery, offering you a laidback pace of life, often with your own small garden to tend to.

Most find that park homes actually allow them to enjoy a much higher quality of life than they did at their old home, and at a much lower cost.

As you can see from this article from Mail Online, some parks are even incredibly luxurious!

2. Community feel

Unfortunately, much of the UK is losing its community spirit, especially in bigger towns and cities, and as many as 70% of us don’t even know who our next door neighbours are.

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So if you’re craving that feeling of living in a closely knit community, a park home might be for you.

Parks always have a warm and welcoming atmosphere, often with access to a range of leisure activities to help you get to know your new neighbours.

3. Low maintenance

One of the main reasons for downsizing is wanting to rid yourself of all of the odd jobs that take up so much of your time in a traditional home.

Park homes are made specifically with this in mind and are almost always brand new when you move into them, meaning that they’ll require bare minimum maintenance.

Park homes are also only one storey high which makes them a lot easier to look after.

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4. Value for money

One of the biggest things that draw people towards downsizing to a park home is that they’re much more affordable than a traditional home.

This is partly because the park home agreement states that while you do own the physical home itself, the land that it is situated on is actually the property of the park owner.

This also means that park homes are almost always in the lowest bracket of council tax, meaning that they’re ideal for those who have retired and are now living off a pension.

5. Safe and secure

Safety is always an important thing to consider when moving house and park home living represents a much safer alternative to a bricks and mortar home in an inner city location.

Parks are situated far away from the hustle and bustle of city life and have lots of security features such as key fobs, CCTV cameras and sometimes security guards. Above all else, they feel safe and secure and offer the peace of mind which many desire.

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For more information on just why park homes are such a great option for downsizing, check out this great infographic from Sell My Park Home.

    10 Reasons To Consider Purchasing A Park Home | Sell My Park Home

    Featured photo credit: tingdene-parks.net via tingdene-parks.net

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    Last Updated on March 13, 2019

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

    You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

    Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

    1. Work on the small tasks.

    When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

    Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

    2. Take a break from your work desk.

    Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

    Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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    3. Upgrade yourself

    Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

    The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

    4. Talk to a friend.

    Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

    Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

    5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

    If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

    Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

    Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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    6. Paint a vision to work towards.

    If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

    Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

    Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

    7. Read a book (or blog).

    The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

    Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

    Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

    8. Have a quick nap.

    If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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    9. Remember why you are doing this.

    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

    10. Find some competition.

    Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

    11. Go exercise.

    Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

    Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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    Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

    12. Take a good break.

    Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

    Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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