How to Find the Best School District For Your Kids

school districtIf your are moving and buying a home, there are a ton of things you’re probably looking for. If you’re like almost half (48%) of home buyers, you’re looking for a home that has never been lived in, according to Zillow. Another thing that seems to be really important for home buyers is finding a good neighborhood school district. The majority of home buyers have children, and they want to make sure they are sending their kids to a good school. 

If you are faced with this issue, there may be some worry about picking a school district for your kids. Fortunately, there is something you can do about it. 

Research, Research, Research
The most important thing you can do is research potential new school districts. There are tons of resources online that provide copious amounts of information about the schools you are considering. Test scores, rankings, and demographics of that school are easy to find online. Student to teacher ratio, student diversity, and even the percentage of students that receive lunch for free is available via public record. Real estate agents are also typically knowledgeable when it comes to school reputations. 

Visit the School
You don’t want to regret your purchase because your children end up hating the school district you send them to. Set up a tour so your children can see the school and even interact with some staff members and current students. It will give you a good feel for the way the school runs, interacts with the children, and plans to teach them going forward. 

What Is Good For Your Child?
Although a school might look perfect on paper, you have to remember your child’s specific needs. Test scores and affordability aside, you need to make sure that this new school district will be a good fit for your children personally, especially if you child has any special needs.

If you are moving, remember these three tips for finding the perfect new school district for your kids. 

3 Ways to Get Your Home Ready to Go on the Market

houses for saleYou’ve decided that it’s time to sell your home and move, and you’ve found the perfect house for you and your family to make new memories and start a new journey. 

Buying a home is a time-consuming process. And while you’ve probably mostly been thinking about your new house, there are other things to consider. All of the features that made you fall in love with your new house are the same things buyers will be considering when they look at your house. That means that you actually have to get your home ready to be sold. Here are some tips on preparing your house to go on the market, given to us by HGTV.

Landscaping
When people are looking for houses for sale, the first thing they see is the landscaping in the front of the house. First impressions are certainly important when people are looking at homes for sale. If they get a bad first impression, they might not even want to continue looking at the interior of the home, meaning there’s no way that they will consider making an offer. Spruce up your landscaping to make sure the potential buyers love the look of the house.

Repairs
Before you put your home on the real estate market, you should fix any serious issues that are happening in your house. A whole 34% of people looking for houses for sale are looking to avoid renovations and issues with things like electricity or plumbing. Fix problems like a leaky roof or broken cabinets in your kitchen so that your home is in premium condition. Buyers are much more likely to make an offer on your home if they know they won’t have to do anything once they move in.

Final Touches
HGTV advises that you put some final touches on your home, like de-cluttering and organizing. You want your home to resemble other new homes on the market. Maybe put a fresh coat of paint on the walls. Clean up the counters and organize your closets. Buyers will be impressed and think that their home can also look that nice.

If you are thinking about putting your home on the market, remember what buyers are looking for in houses for sale. Prepare your home to sell fast with these three tips.