Back-to-School Time

School starts here in the San Ramon Valley in just a few days, and it has us thinking about the role a good school district plays in a buyer’s home choice.  The San Ramon Valley has some of the best performing schools in the Bay Area, and many of us lucky enough to call it home, chose it specifically because of the high-performing schools.  Some buyers identify the school they feel best suits their children’s needs and then are willing to pay a premium to get into that school, or they are willing to sacrifice other amenities in order to find a home in the school district.  Of course, this is not just a Bay Area phenomenon.  A 2013 survey of home buyers conducted by the National Association of Realtors found that a lot of buyers are willing to sacrifice in order to get their kids into the right schools.  Over 35% said they would sacrifice square footage for the right schools!  Here are some more interesting results from that survey:

A majority of the home buyers surveyed said that school-district boundaries will have an impact on their buying decision:

  • 23.59 percent would pay 1-5 percent above budget
  • 20.70 percent would pay 6-10 percent above budget
  • 8.98 percent would pay 11-20 percent above budget
  • 40.33 percent would not go above budget

For home buyers who said that school-district boundaries will have an impact on their decision, the majority rated the boundaries as an “important” consideration:

  • 90.53 percent said school-district boundaries are  “important” or “somewhat important”
  • 2.04 percent were “neutral” about the importance of school-district boundaries
  • 7.43 percent said school-district boundaries are “unimportant” or “very unimportant”

Click on the graphic below to find out more results from the survey.



So, you are just about to close on your new home.  You are excited for a new space and can’t wait to make it your own.  Now, the only thing that stands between you and enjoying your new home is one small thing– coordinating the logistics of your move.  Just about everyone agrees that the actual process of moving is hellish, so here are some tips to make it slightly less so.

1) Photograph your cords. Take photos or make notes on how all of your media equipment is set up.

2) Change your address. Doing this a week or two in advance will help ensure that you get important items, such as bills, and don’t have a lag in services that are tied to a mailing address associated with a credit card (like Netflix or Seamless).

3) Set up utilities. You don’t have to wait until you’re settled in to make arrangements for the wi-fi or gas. Once you know your move-in date, call ahead to schedule whatever you need.

4) Make a plan for your pets. The chaos of moving is stressful for animals, too. To help keep them calm—and prevent them from having an accident or slipping out the propped-open door—consider making arrangements to leave your pet with a friend or at a boarding service.

5) Schedule touch-up painting. Check your lease: Some renters are responsible for a new paint job to get the security deposit back. If that’s your situation, reach out to a painter in advance.

6) Ask for help. If you’re not hiring a moving company, enlist friends or family, whom you’ll have to repay with money or lots and lots of snacks.


7) Designate a “first night” box. You can plan on being pretty exhausted and miserable once you get to the other side. Plan for it by putting your toothbrush, medications, deodorant, and a change of clothes in a separate box so you don’t have to dig for the essentials.

8) Start with the stuff you use least often. The first to go? Whatever you’re not getting a lot of mileage out of at the moment, whether that’s winter sports gear or a waffle maker. (Stuff you truly never use should be ditched before you begin.)

9) Use suitcases wisely. If you have to transport them anyway, you might as well fill them with stuff.

10) Separate cleaning supplies. Instead of tossing cleaners in with the rest of the bathroom supplies, put them in a separate box so that you can wipe off any crud on the counters or shelves before you unpack.

11) Don’t stow your important documents. You don’t want to shove your birth certificate or passport in with other papers, where it might be tough to find them. Tuck them into a folder and carry them with you.


12) Put up a schematic for furniture. Tape up photos or signs indicating where your couch, coffee table, and other big-ticket items should go. This will help movers figure out where you want things positioned.

13) Save your receipts. Your move might be deductible from your federal income taxes, so keep track of all your receipts.

All NextHome PRG clients are automatically set up with Updater.  A great, free service we provide our clients to help them with all their moving logistics.


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