What should you look for in a forever home?

What should you look for in a forever home?

What is a “forever” home? The easiest way possible to describe a forever home is the property that you plan on making your last purchase. You might have a family that is growing up, you might have saved up all your life to finally retire or live in a home that you have dreamed about, or maybe you just want to plant your flag and choose to settle down to build a new family. Regardless of the reason, the final home is all about making it the big splash. It’s going to be the most expensive purchase you ever make in your life and thus, it should be considered thoroughly. It’s important to note that just because it may not be your dream home, doesn’t mean that it won’t be in the future. The key here is, buying a home that ticks all the boxes or very nearly does. From this platform and foundation you can then dedicate time and money to it which can create your true favorite home. But what should you look for in a final home to begin with?

Quality of the land

The land is probably the first thing you should inspect for it’s quality. Bear in mind that many of these large grandiose properties you will be viewing will be in the rural parts of the country. This means that the land might have previously been farmland, it could have been used to grow crops or feed cows and sheep. It might also have problems with animals that tear up the terrain such as moles or varmints. Some landscape just isn’t fertile and it could end up looking like a brown field rather than a healthy green. So go through the history of the land itself with the real estate agent.

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Travel distance

A final home doesn’t mean it’s your retirement home just yet. Your life will continue once you move in which means you need to see how you will get to and from work. A professional international realtor in this market such as Sotheby’s Realty will always make sure they know what the commuting options are for the property. They will check the availability of the trains, what kinds of back roads in the countryside can you use and or what kind of freeways are close by. However, these commuter-friendly homes might also mean that you will be living close by to a major city. If it’s seclusion you want then you should be prepared to make regular long journeys to and from your place of work.

Buy safely

Since it is the final home you’ll be buying and living in, you should make sure that the home comes with insurance. Since these homes can be worth millions they should usually come with a home insurance plan already attached or at least, able to be extended after the holder is changed.

The final home you ever purchase should be that which you can always build upon. So checking the quality of the land is the first thing you should do. Buy safely with an insurnace plan so your biggest purchase is not at giant risk.

5 things to expect post-birth

5 things to expect post-birth

There are so many baby books that will tell you how to prepare for a new baby, how to get your baby into a routine and what you need to buy in advance during pregnancy. One thing that the books breeze over is what you should expect after you’ve given birth – and not many of those books are entirely correct about the experience.

The true post-baby experience isn’t all sunshine and roses and it’s so important to know this as early as possible. You are going to be hit with an overwhelming experience of meeting your new baby, so before you experience most of the things that you can read about below, your first big hit will be meeting the person you grew from scratch. Let’s look at the five things to expect when your baby is born.


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You May Not Get The Rush. It’s something that shocks some women: they all expect the rush of love when they meet their new baby. The thing is, not every woman feels that right away. Sometimes, it’s delayed by medications in the system, sheer shock that a baby has just exited their body and the general ‘it has to sink in’ feeling! Do not worry if you don’t get that rush of unconditional love right away – it will come.

You May…Leak. Childbirth places a lot of pressure on the bladder and muscles that support the urethral tract. Leaking urine is not uncommon, it’s just not particularly pleasant! Seasoned mothers often find investing in a pack of adult diapers for the initial six weeks post labor an investment that’s worth its weight in gold. Expect to leak more than usual while your body puts itself back together, and be kind to yourself about it.

You Need More Pillows. If you’ve been through a c-section, you need more pillows. There is a chance you need to sleep propped up for a while, and you also need to press a pillow against your scar when your sneeze or cough so that you don’t feel like your insides are going to fall out! Pillows equal comfort; buy a lot of them.

You May Need Feeding Support. Speaking to lactation consultants while you’re still pregnant is a good way to get acquainted with those who know the ins and outs of breastfeeding. If you’ve chosen not to breastfeed, you still have research to do on the formula and sterilization methods of making up a bottle.

You May Feel Broken. Physically, childbirth is a slog. Your vagina is going to take time to heal and not feel so tender, so using warm water baths when you pee for the first few weeks can help. Your belly takes time to shrink down to normal, but it still may feel jelly-like for a while so supportive underwear is a must. Your boobs are in production, so they’ll hurt. Supportive nursing bras are a must.

Your whole body has gone through an ordeal – a natural one, but an ordeal nonetheless. Be kind to yourself with it and enjoy the rollercoaster ahead!


Choose the right car for your family

Choose the right car for your family


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Buying a car is bound to be a long and complex process. After all, this is likely to be the second most expensive purchase you make in your entire life besides the house that we actually live in. There are so many different factors to incorporate into your decision making process. You are likely to be concerned about aesthetics – how a car looks can greatly determine whether you want to be seen driving it or not and whether you want it parked in front of your home or not. You are also going to want to ensure that the vehicle is functional. But when you have a family, the number of factors that affect your decision making dramatically increase. But not to worry. Here’s everything that you need to consider in order to eventually purchase the perfect car for yourself and your family!

Why Have a Car?

Now, many people will wonder why they should invest in a car anyway. If you live in a city, there are generally highly efficient public transport options on offer. They can get you from one place to another at a relatively low cost. However, this is easier said than done with little ones around. Anyone who has had to deal with a toddler having a temper tantrum on a busy train amid the angry stares of commuters will be able to vouch for this. Even if your little ones are perfectly behaved from one stop to the next, chances are that you’ll have to walk a fair distance between your stop and your intended destination, and this can be relatively stressful if you have numerous little ones to move from a busy platform through a busy train station and to mind near roads en route. While public transport is cheap for one, prices get a little less affordable when you’re forking out for multiple people. If you have prams, it can be difficult to board and alight public transport. It’s also pretty difficult to hold all of your own and your children’s belongings without anything being left behind before you take any shopping bags into account by the time you’re returning. Put simply, public transport is just a little difficult with kids. When you have your own car, everyone can be seated and fixed in their seats securely. You have plenty of space for everyone’s belongings and anything you purchase. You can also head from just outside your own front door directly to your destination without having to walk long distances between different stop off points.

Choosing the Right Vehicle

So, if you feel like it’s time to choose a vehicle of your own, you’re going to have to go through a relatively rigorous selection process in order to find the right vehicle for your family’s needs. This will help to ensure that you choose the best car for your needs and preferences first time round, preventing chances of you having to trade your model in anytime soon. Here are some areas to focus on to help you to bag the best vehicle possible!


Price will have a huge determining factor on the vehicle that you end up with. If you are paying for a car outright, take a look at how much your savings amount to. If you’re taking on a finance plan, make sure to come up with a budget that will cover the monthly finance payment (remember to include interest in this). You could save money by choosing a second-hand car over a brand new car. But you need to make sure that any second-hand car you consider is in good condition. You don’t want to purchase a vehicle only to find that it breaks down and needs expensive work carried out on it or costly replacement parts a few weeks or months later. Also, remember that the initial outlay of purchasing a vehicle isn’t the end of costs associated with having your own set of wheels. When you have a car, you also have to legally fork out for tax, MOTs, and auto insurance. The price for these services and policies will differ depending on the car that you have. So, once you’ve settled on a model, make sure to research the costs of these things for that exact vehicle and ensure that you can definitely afford them on a monthly basis or on an annual basis

Size is important when it comes to family vehicles. You need to ensure that there are sufficient seats for everyone to sit in if you head on a trip where everyone is coming along. You also need to ensure that there is enough room for baby seats and booster seats if you’re going to have them in your car. Another thing to consider is storage space. This generally comes in the form of trunk space – five door cars are relatively essential for convenient family use. Cars such a station wagons tend to have the most space in this regard and are definitely worth checking out!


While all new cars that are sold will meet safety standards, some cars are safer than others. You’re going to want the safest car possible in order to protect your little ones whenever you take to the roads. So, make sure to check safety ratings on different vehicles before you add them to your list of potential options. You can see the different safety checks that different makes and models of vehicles have gone through and check out their scores. Use this information to scale different sets of wheels up against each other.

Having a family vehicle really can make life a lot easier for you and your little ones. It offers convenience and it can save time on journeys. So, it’s definitely something worth considering. If you decide that investing in a car is something you’re interested in doing, the above information should, hopefully, help you to make the best decision possible!