6 Important Things to Consider When Buying a New House

6 Important Things to Consider When Buying a New House

Buying a new house is a big event. There’s something about getting those keys that really makes you feel good, whether you’ve bought a house before or this is your first time. No matter how new you might be to the house-buying scene, there are some important things you’ll want to consider when you buy a new house. Here are six of the biggest issues you’ll want to address.

1. Location

No matter how nice the house is, if the location is bad that’s going to become a problem. For example, you don’t want to move into a neighborhood that has a high crime rate, or one that’s noisy if you value peace and quiet. Don’t like trains? Don’t buy a house right by the railroad tracks. Where you choose your home is generally more important than the home itself, so be mindful of where that home is located. You can change all kinds of things about your house, but you can’t change its location.


2. Price

You really don’t want to buy a home you can’t afford. Even if the bank will finance a particular amount, that doesn’t mean you can easily make your monthly payments. What if your circumstances change, or you lose your job? It’s better to stay under your maximum budget. Your house might not be as big or as fancy as you could have purchased, but you’ll have more money in the bank, less stress, and more peace of mind.

3. Upsizing or Downsizing

Think about the size of the place you have now, and whether that works for you. If you live in a tiny apartment with your partner and three children, upsizing is definitely in order. If you’re by yourself, though, or there’s just two of you now that the kids are off to college, you may want to downsize.


You can always rent a self-storage unit for some of the things that you don’t want or need in the house, but that you want to keep, donate, or sell at a yard sale later on. Downsizing can save you a lot of money on the price of the house and the utilities, too.

4. Layout

The layout of your house is hard to change, in a lot of cases. You can take out a wall as long as it’s not load-bearing, or rearrange a lot of things, but that all costs time and money. In some cases, it might not be possible to change the layout very much, if at all. With that in mind, choose a house that works for you the way it is, or that you only have to make minor layout changes to. That will help save you money, and make it easier for you to get into your new place and start settling into life there.


5. Purpose

What you’re buying the house for matters. If you plan on living there forever you’re probably looking for different things than you would want if you knew you would only be living there for a few years. A lot of people rent when they aren’t going to be permanently in one location, but buying for a few years can also work well if you get a good deal on your home and aren’t strapped for cash when trying to pay for it.

Carefully consider why you’re moving to this location, what you like about it, and your future plans. While things can always change, it’s good to have an idea of how long you plan to be in a house you’re buying.


6. Timing

Timing is everything, especially when it comes to buying a house. If you buy at the top of the market you could find that your house loses a lot of value when the market falls. That could mean that you suddenly owe more than your house is worth, and would have a hard time selling it if you needed or wanted to move.

Buying when the market is low is a better choice, because your house will gain value and equity as the market improves. Then you can sell it later for more than you paid, if you decide that it’s time to move somewhere else.

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Tanvir Zafar

The founder of ISU Technologies, passionate in writing about entrepreneurship, work and technology.

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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.


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.


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, 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.


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.


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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