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In Your 20s? Moving Abroad Could Be The Best Decision, Ever

When you’re in your twenties, you are nothing more than a baby. Sorry if that seems patronising because it is a compliment. Millennials have nothing to worry about and the pressure only grows as you age. Again, sorry if that was a downer! The idea of leaving home and moving to a new country, then, isn’t appealing. At least, it is but most of us think “I’ve got loads of time.” You may, for example, want to retire to a place in the sun and live out your golden years in peace. Sadly, fifty years later is too late to take advantage of a move abroad.

Saint Augustine said that the world is a book and those that don’t travel only read a page. He may not be Saint Christopher, the patron saint of travellers, but his CV is pretty legit. Here are the reasons Augustine is right and why twenty-somethings should consider the opportunity if it arises.

It Boosts Career Chances

It’s safe to say the job market for young people in the UK isn’t great. In fact, that’s an understatement but let’s not kick the young and unemployed while they're down. Ever since the recession of ’10, growth has stagnated and employment opportunities have fallen. For anyone coming out of uni with a first-class degree, there are no guarantees. Look further afield, however, and you’ll find the grass is greener on the other side. Take Australia as an example. It’s a well-known fact “tradies” are paid ridiculous sums of money and have chances to progress up the corporate ladder. Those of you reading this who are involved in a trade may want to know the wages here are nothing compared to down under. But, it isn’t only tradesmen and women who are benefiting. One glance at the list the government publishes every year and you’ll see IT technicians are in vogue at the moment too. The same goes for accountants and medical professionals.

It Helps You Get On The Property Ladder

Where do you live in the United Kingdom? Chances are it doesn’t matter because the market for first-time buyers is extortionate. Without help from a loved one, investing in real estate is very difficult to do and not worth the hassle. Therefore, millions of young people are stuck in rental agreements they don’t want or are still living at home. Let’s face it; it wasn’t the lifestyle we imagined after we graduated from university. Again, foreign countries have better prospects for young people mainly because the market is cheap. New property in Malaysia is going to cost between £150,000 and £250,000 for a luxury condominium. Granted, the amount isn’t pocket change yet this is the top end of the scale. An average three-bed detached with a garden or a beach is going to cost considerably less. In general, the figures are nowhere near as high as at home and that makes a property easier to buy.

It’ll Make You Take Risks

The British are great at taking the path of least resistance and playing it safe along the way. No one should gamble with their future at a young age when there is plenty to come, but going steady isn’t the option either. To borrow an investment term, young people have to diversify their lives to find fulfilment. In simple terms, this means being prudent in certain areas of your life and taking risks in others. Without a gamble, there is no way to feel the thrill of the chase and the rush of adrenaline. And, it’s not a tip for adrenaline junkies because speculating is a huge part of life. Say you want a new job because you’re unhappy with the current one – do you wait for something to fall in your lap? Nope, you search listings, go to interviews, and dive headfirst into a new phase of your life. Staying at home doesn’t encourage this behaviour, but leaving home in your twenties will.

It Fosters Independence

Along the same lines of risk-taking is developing independence. As soon as we hit 18, the perception is that we are adults who can take care of themselves without help. The reality is a little different, and once it begins to set in, life can seem scarier. What with the inability to land a career job and get on the property ladder, it’s not hard to see why some kids latch on to others. For the most part, it is fine to ask for help, especially loved ones such as your parents. It’s their job and they’ll never stop being your rock. At some point, though, you have to break free and forge your path. Moving away from a support network is a bold move, and it will be difficult, yet you’ll transform into a new person. The things you used to rely on mum and dad for will seem trivial when you have a job, a house, and life in paradise.

You’ll Learn A Language

Unless we talk about Britons with ethnic backgrounds and heritage, the majority of the country speaks one language. Because it’s the tongue of the world, there is no need even to attempt to speak Spanish, French, etc. as everyone knows English. Sadly, there’s a stigma about the Brits which goes like this: they’re ignorant! Now, you may not care but it’s essential to make a good first impression and it’s hard with this attitude. Anyway, it’s not entirely true as it’s more about necessity than ignorance. While you’re in the country, there is zero temptation to enrol in classes and further your linguistic skills. Outside of the UK, a new language will surround you and you won’t be able to get away. Odds are you’ll pick up bits and pieces until it clicks one day and you become a fluent bilingual local. Apart from coming across well, it also helps you to understand English. Sure, you’re a native speaker, but how are your grammar and syntax? Most people don’t know what these are, which is the point.

It’s The Best Of Both Worlds

“I don’t want to settle down and be an adult. I want to be a twenty-something!” No one blames you for that because you’re only young once and it’s important to enjoy the time. Still, it’s worth noting you don’t have to do one or the other. For years, the debate has centred on whether young people should grow up sooner and contribute. Millennials have responded and said let’s have fun first and then buckle down later. However, moving abroad at an early age gives you the best of both worlds. Thanks to a great job and a nice home, you will certainly learn the ropes of adulthood. For instance, you’ll have to figure out how to pay the bills and budget carefully when money is tight. On the flip side, being in a foreign country is a perfect base for travelling. Considering you may not have seen the region properly, you can jump in a car and head off in any direction and soak up the sights. Lucky people get to travel and work at the same time – the Holy Grail of life.

It Isn’t Permanent

Remember the bit at the beginning which said you have loads of time because you’re young? Instead of using it as an excuse not to take a risk, you should do the opposite. Gamble and accept a job opportunity abroad and understand it isn’t permanent. You may hate every minute, yet you can come back home and start again. After all, you have your whole life ahead of you in your twenties.

How do you feel about the prospect of upping sticks and leaving home?


Increasing Your Homes Value!

If you’re coming up to a time in your life where you need to move home, you obviously want the one you’re already living in to sell for as much as possible. We’re going through a time where the housing marketing is constantly up and down, so a lot of how much your home is worth is down to what you do before you sell it. It is often the case that you have to try and spend thousands to gain thousands. People like modern, they like brand new, and they like space. That’s what we’re going to try and give you today. Increase the value of your home with the few steps we’ve got below.


It is a well-known fact that the bigger your home is, and the more space you have, the more your house is going to be worth. But before you start scrambling around the inside of the home, let us take your mind to the outside. The garden is usually so underappreciated, and there’s usually so much that can be done with it. Namely, you can create another little room out there that potential home buyers will love. The room can be converted into absolutely anything, it could even be used as a second garage, or a first if you don’t have one! There are plenty of companies out there that will do it for you, you just need to make sure they’re trusted by checking out previous work. For example, you can check out ArmstrongSteel.com reviews, they’re a trusted company with honest feedback! If you want to keep things indoors, but you don’t want to go into full-blown renovation and extension mode, then you could consider an open plan kitchen and diner. You won’t believe how much space it offers up until you actually do it. It is a very modern design, and if done right, can become the perfect space for family socialisation.


If you’re going modern, you’re going to have to get your decorating hands out. Firstly, you need to think about what modern is. Modern is fresh, it is trendy, and it isn’t hard to achieve. So for the purpose of this article, we’re going to show you how to make the main room in the house, the living room, more modern. First, you need to get rid of the old, and in with the new. We’re going to suggest you paint the walls white, or wallpaper with a nice light colour, maybe with a bit of pattern on it too. For the carpet, a thick and fluffy grey is what you need. Grey is the colour to have at the minute, and it contrasts the white perfectly. Then you need to get yourself a corner leather sofa suite, with a recliner separate single chair. We recommend a nice grey or even a cream set. Grey is easier to keep clean! Furnish the rest of the room with a lovely oak coffee table, and maybe even a feature wall with a painting.


Time To Tackle The Dreaded Drawer

We all have that one drawer we never think about. We seal it under lock and key and make every effort to forget it exists. That’s right; we’re talking about the unpaid bill drawer. As incredible as it is being a homeowner, it’s also fair to say that it’s a pretty costly undertaking. On top of which, you then face a wealth of bills which you can’t always afford to pay. Which is why we get into the unhealthy habit of hiding them in a drawer and hoping they’ll go away.

Sorry to spoil things, but bills don’t go away. In fact, they get larger as time goes by. So, you need to unlock the dreaded drawer and get to work clearing it. To help you, we’ve put together a few pointers.

Put all your bills in order

If you’ve left this situation unchecked, there’s a chance you have no idea which bills you’ve been ignoring. In most instance, you will have also received multiple notifications about first task should be to each. Companies do get quite insistent when you ignore them. As such, your organise those bills where possible. Work out which are duplicates and put them together. Work out, too, which ones have been outstanding for longest. You’ll need to pay those off first, so they should be top of your priorities. But, you also need to know what other bills need paying, and which dates you need to pay them by. So, go through each, and put it in its place. It may help to take notes as you do this. That way, you won’t need to rifle through the pile each time you want to refresh your memory.

Work out a repayment plan

This is the hardest part of all. You need to work out a repayment plan, and you probably need to do it pretty sharpish. If a particular bill has been outstanding for a long time, the company will want payment as soon as possible. In that instance, you may need to opt for something like a micro loan to see you through. This isn’t ideal, as it transfers your debts. But, the small size of such loans means that you can pay them back in a short space of time. For newer bills, you may be able to reach an agreement with the company in question. They want your money, after all. If that means taking a set amount for the next few months, then so be it.

Put a plan in place

Once you’ve tackled the bulk of those bills, it’s essential you plan how to stop this happening again. It’s not an ideal situation, so you need to avoid it if you can. You can do this by setting aside money when you get paid, and also by keeping track of your monthly expenses. It’s also worth bearing in mind that bills are generally higher in winter. So, it might be worth setting aside a little extra to cover that eventuality.    

Preparing Your Home For The Better Weather

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For many homes, winter can be harsh, unpredictable, and can have more of a damaging effect than you realise on the fundamental structures of your house. Luckily, winter doesn’t last forever, and slowly the weather starts to warm up again, and the birds return from the south. By that time, you are going to want to be outside enjoying the sun and fresh air, rather than stuck indoors decluttering to make your home feel liveable, and fitting a new fence in your garden due to the last one being blown down. Here is a little checklist that will help you to prepare your home for spring, so that you can make the most out of the lack of chill in the air.  

Have Your Roof and Windows Evaluate

Unexpected stormy weather and constant news warning about incoming strong winds and bad rain or snow could have had an effect on your house’s extremities. It’s a good idea to get a free consultation on how your roof has held up through the winter period, and replace any tiles that may have been blown off. This will nip any problems caused by bad weather in the bud early. This way you don’t come home to a pool of water on the kitchen floor, and a hefty repair bill which is going to take a chunk out of your savings. You will also want to have your windows evaluated to check the health of their double glazing and ensure your home is running at a good energy efficiency levels. This will save you money in the long run on utility bills and mould killer, as faulty windows can lead to damp and escaped heat.

Have Your Drain Pipes and Guttering Cleared

Hotter weather can cause bad smells and rainfall. If you have clogged drains you may want to look into some drain clearing home remedies or some local professionals, as lingering food in drains can lead to bad smells - especially when the temperature gets warmer. You will also want to have your guttering cleared as autumn and winter can lead to extreme blockages due to fallen leaves and debris. No one wants an overflowing gutter when the April showers sets in - running water down freshly cleaned windows - not a good mix.

Have A Big Clean

Rather than just the weekly clean, you will undoubtedly do of your house; you will need to add a few extras on to fully prepare for Spring. Taking your car to be thoroughly cleaned, booking in a window cleaning, and jet washing your patio and driveway may need to top of the priority list. With warmer weather comes the bright sunny days, and earlier sun rises in the mornings, and with sun come accentuated dirt on shiny surfaces such as windows and your car bonnet. Many a storm and rain shower can lead to dirty drop marks and dulled shine.

There you have it, a quick checklist to ensure your home is clean, efficient and undamaged for the very anticipated warmer weather.

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