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7 Useful Sites When Buying a House in the UK

7 Useful Sites When Buying a House in the UK

Making the decision to buy a house can be a massive one which will impact the people involved for possibly the rest of their lives, so it should not be taken lightly.

It can be a huge strain on one’s purse so we have pulled together a number of websites to visit before buying a house which could potentially save you money in the short and long term. Check them out.

1. Money Saving Experts

MSE, as it is commonly called, is a very popular website for what the name says – saving money. It prides itself on providing information to help people make financially sound decisions in life, including when it comes to buying a house.

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They have a very active forum where people ask all sorts of questions and get various responses from experts and everyday people. One of their articles – 50 House buying tips is very popular for finding useful information on buying a house.

2. Rightmove & Zoopla

These two websites are very important for people looking to buy a house as they are great for searching for houses to buy across the UK. They provide information on the price, pictures of the house and opportunity to get in touch with the letting agents.

In some cases, they also give you an idea of the cost of running a property including the council tax, utility bills and many others. They also provide a quick summary of the area including local stations and schools.

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Personally, I’ve found Rightmove easier to search for houses and general information but Zoopla better for researching historic data about the house and the neighbourhood, so it’s hard to recommend one over the other.

3. Reallymoving.com

Reallymoving.com provides comparison services for local conveyancing lawyers and property solicitors in the UK, as well as surveyors and home removal services. This provides another opportunity to save money when buying a house as the cost of conveyancing, various surveys required and stamp duties tend to add up.

This site would help you find either a local lawyer or online one and provide decent quotes. They also have a useful Moving Cost Calculator which estimates how much buying or selling a house would cost you based on a few details you put into it, quite handy at the starting point of a house hunt.

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4. Experian, Noodle & Equifax

The difference in credit scores can be the difference in getting approved for a mortgage or not. A credit score is based on one’s credit history so if you know you’re looking to buy a house at some point it is very important to start working on your credit score to ensure there aren’t any surprises on it.

Noodles offer a free credit score for life service, while Experian and Equifax offer an initial free period. Even if your credit score isn’t great, these websites will give you useful tips and things to do to help improve your score

5. Gov.uk School Performance Tables

Lastly, if you are a parent, you want to make sure your areas of interest(s) have good schools and facilities for your children. What are the school ratings? Are they oversubscribed? Will your child be able to get into the school in year? How close is the nearest school to you?

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Websites like the Gov.uk will be very useful for answering such school related questions. They might not go into much detail about the school but they’re a good starting point, especially when you want to narrow it down from a very long list.

There you have it, five excellent websites which should help you get a little bit closer to your dream house.

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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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