The whole process of purchasing a home is stressful enough, especially if you're new to the property market. We spent all our time trying to get around all the mortgage jargon and legalities, that we totally forgot we actually had to move house at the end of it!
One thing that can take this pressure off you is hiring a removals company, which this installment of my First Time Buyers series is all about!
Sometimes, you can find yourself in a position where you need to take a break from blogging. Maybe you're feeling uninspired, burned out, or you've got things going on in your life and your blog just can't be your main priority. Whatever the reasons are, the main reason that stops people from taking a blogging break, is losing their followers.
Keeping your blog updated with fresh content on a regular basis is, by far, the best way to keep your readers engaged, and bloggers can feel pressured to keep up with this. But you can put some plans in place in advance to help combat this. You might have to put some work in before you can take a break, but in the end, it will all be worth it because you won't spend your whole break wondering what's going on with your blog.
So, do you think it's time to take a break? Here's my tips:
So far in my First Time Buyers series, we have spoken about how much it costs to move house and property surveys. Today, I want to talk about conveyancing. This is another one of those things that people kept saying to me and I had no idea what they were talking about.
Turns out it's a pretty important part of the whole home buying process and you are probably not going to be able to do it yourself. You'll need to instruct a conveyancing solicitor. Your estate agent or property developer can point you in the right direction, but I would recommend shopping around a bit first because it can all get a bit pricey. (Yes, more money to part with, will it ever end?!)
Make up doesn't last forever. It's important to make sure you're not using old and expired make up on your face, otherwise you will be prone to transfer of bacteria and all kinds of infections and unfortunately, your products won't come with an expiration date on them. So here's my handy guide on when to throw away your make up.
Think about it logically. Would you drink a pint of milk that was a year old just because it was expensive and in a pretty bottle or had a designer name on the front? No! Obviously it would taste gross and you would be so sick. But just because you can't taste or smell that a product has gone off, still doesn't mean it's going to be good for you.
And if you hoard make up as much as I do, there's going to be stacks of things you have but don't use on a daily basis and you really need to think about how long you have had them before you start using them again.
It’s all busy, busy in the Dollface camp at the moment as we are finally settling into our new home!
Like I said in my last property post, I’ve been paying close attention to the whole home purchase process, ready to share with you my wealth of knowledge. (Side note: I’m not an expert, this whole thing has been so confusing!)
When we were getting ready to buy our new home we were told by our solicitors that we needed to get loads of surveys done, they threw the costs at us and I was so confused that I just let them get on with it. Although this made things easier for me at the time, when I looked into it afterwards, I realised I could have saved an awful lot of money if I had just taken the time to research about property surveys myself.
So you don’t make the same mistake as I did, here’s everything you need to know about property surveys!
You might have noticed that I'm moving away from solely being a beauty blog and have introduced some lifestyle, blogging tips and social media advice posts. I'm still totally passionate about beauty, but as I'm getting a bit older (far too close to 30 for my liking!) I'm finding it much more inspiring to write about other topics alongside beauty.
So just to show you guys I'm not giving up beauty blogging for good, I've decided to throw in a super special giveaway!
I've put together a unique little beauty box containing 21 products! Some of them are sample sizes, some are full size products. Some brands you will have heard of and some a quirky little brands that I adore but don't see many people talking about.
So, what can you win? Inside the box is:
I've got some exciting news. Mr Dollface and I have just bought our very first home, hooray! It's a brand new home, so we have been waiting for it to be built and we are so excited. Prepare to see lots of home related pics popping up on my twitter and Instagram soon, and you'll have already seen me planning the interiors on Pinterest!
Buying a home has not been an easy process and we've found that the people we've ended up dealing with tend to assume all buyers know what the process is. News flash: as first time buyers, we had no idea. Plus, our parents bought houses a long time ago and the process has changed since then.
I've decided to start an ad hoc post series all about buying your first home, what to expect and try and tell you some of the information that you might not know, and cut out all the jargon that completely threw us!
In this post, I'll be talking about some of the costs you're likely to come across (not including the ones you already know about such as the deposit). We had no idea about some of these fees and I wish we had been a little more prepared. Because we weren't made aware until the last minute, we didn't get a chance to do much price comparison or look into anything.
If we had been aware of them, we would have used ReallyMoving.com's easy cost of moving calculator and been a little more prepared!
So here's a few of the extra costs you can expect to encounter!