Teachers and students are already gearing up for the new school year by celebrating their last few weeks of summer vacation! This is also considered crunch time for some families that are wanting to be settled in a new house before the bell rings on the first day of school. While many factors come into play when buying a new house, school districts seem to always be a top contender. And they should be, whether you have children or not!
Thankfully, Cherokee County has fabulous school districts and students are continuing to exceed state averages on the Georgia Milestones Tests. You can read more about this great news here!
However, we want to reinforce why school districts and even future school zoning should be at the top of your mind when looking for a new home whether you have children, plan on having children, don’t have them yet or quite frankly don’t even see children in your future!
Good Schools Typically Reside in Good Neighborhoods
First and foremost, there are usually a lot of families with children in great school districts, so this suggests that if you do have children, they will have plenty of playmates! There tend to be more sidewalks, safer streets for play, more activities and more community involvement (fundraisers, organized 5ks, festivals) in good school districts as well.
Resale is Better
This is not to say that your house won’t sell or you won’t get full value depending on the school district you live in, but this is one that a lot of people without children forget to think about when purchasing a new home. The odds of selling your home quicker and at a higher resale value are just better in areas with good schools. Homes in these areas are considered a hot commodity and sometimes families only look for homes in certain school districts versus others.
Do Your Research
The school rankings are sometimes misleading on popular real estate websites. They tend to go by overall test scores and don’t always take into account other variables such as teacher/student ratios, parent involvement and more. So, if you know of an area you’d like to live in and the rating isn’t the best, don’t immediately cross it off the list if it’s your dream location. Talk to the locals, ask your real estate agent (we’re ready to help), join social media groups that support the school or the district and make sure you look at all three levels of the zoned schools (elementary, middle and high).
At the end of the day, choosing the right school district with the right home is a very personal decision and can be hard to do, but we are for you every step of the way! Contact us today to begin your search!