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In this three-minute read, we share our five-point plan for a smooth move in six months’ time.
Moving can be stressful – some people rate it right up there with divorce in the aggravation stakes – but there are ways you can take the drama and disruption out of the process.
The first step is to acknowledge that buying a new home is likely to be one of the biggest purchases you make in your lifetime.
And if you plan to sell a property to fund your next move, you’re effectively carrying out two incredibly important transactions in one hit. (No pressure then.)
Given the magnitude of the task, if you want to move in 2021, we advise you to start working towards that goal now.
The process always takes longer than you expect, so use your time wisely now so that you can move when the time is right next year.
Here are five tips to pave the way for a successful move.
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In this two-minute read, we look at ways people can make their mental health a priority during uncertain times.
As we head towards what could be a very different Christmas this year, there are many positive things you can do to keep your spirits up and nurture your mental wellbeing.
Try following these tips to get through the next two months.
Be kind to yourself
2020 has been challenging. It’s understandable if you feel frazzled or fed up. Please don’t beat yourself up about it and don’t pretend you’re invincible.
Have a routine
Many mental health experts say following a daily routine is useful if you’re feeling anxious or depressed. Set your alarm for the same time every day, get up, shower and get dressed. These habits will provide a good structure and prevent days merging into weeks.
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced yesterday that he would make the dream of buying a first home a more achievable reality for first-time buyers.
The news came in a speech to the virtual Conservative conference.
The PM claimed his Government would introduce fixed-rate long term mortgages which would see as many as 2 million first time buyers being able to borrow 95% of the value of the property they want to buy.
The move is intended to help younger buyers afford a home of their own as large deposits of up to 10-15 % are often the stumbling block to their home-owning ambitions.
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Sometimes we all must talk about things we feel uncomfortable discussing.
It could be with a neighbour whose parking is driving you to distraction.
Or your colleague who doesn’t know the meaning of leaving the work kitchen as they’d like to find it.
Maybe it’s the sweat-inducing chat about the birds and the bees with your growing children.
Whatever it is that makes you fidget in your seat at the thought of, rest assured at Cook Residential we feel your discomfort… as we are about to discuss Christmas.
Before you douse us with the last of your summer wine or lecture us about it being the middle of September, please let us explain.
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In this three-minute read, we look at seven things you can do to ease the back-to-school nerves children may be facing ahead of the new academic year.
The lockdown and ongoing fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic have been tough for everyone.
But it’s been especially hard for school-aged children.
They’ve gone months without seeing a lot of their friends, have had their routine turned upside down and now face new worries as the schools head back in September.
It’s going to be a challenging time for parents and kids, but these seven ideas from the University of Calgary in Canada can help ease any Covid-19 concerns that going back to school may bring.