Relocating to Silicon Valley? Here are 6 things you need to know.


With so many people moving to Silicon Valley over the last several years, I wanted to share some tips on how to get the most out of your moving experience.  The key to relocating to Silicon Valley – or moving out of it – is ORGANIZATION.  By following the tips below, you’ll be amazed at how much easier your move is, not only during packing and transport but also during the settling-in process in your new home.1. Start with a file.  Keep everything relating to your relocation in one place, i.e., to-do lists, contact info for phone companies, utilities providers, schools, etc., a chart showing when things need to be done, and any other strategic information.

2. Make a packing center.  Set aside one area within your home to keep all packing supplies: boxes, tape, labels, envelopes, scissors, markers, bubble wrap and other items.  Don’t let these things wind up all over the house and cause you to have to go looking for them.

3. Spring cleaning.  No matter what time of year you’re relocating, use it as a time to do some spring cleaning – or more specifically, some spring ditching-stuff-you-no-longer-need.  Shave down.  Lighten the load.  You’ll thank yourself when you see how much less is headed for the truck on moving day.

4. Item-tracking.  This tactic will save you time and woe, guaranteed.  Keep a list of the items that you put into each packing box, which you will number.  You don’t have to write down every single item in a box, but definitely try to keep related items together so unpacking will be easier and faster.

5. Safeguard valuables.  Gold, jewelry, legal and financial documents and anything else of particular value should be kept with you, not boxed up for the moving company to handle.  Carry these items in a valise or small suitcase that never gets out of your sight.

6. Triple check before leaving.  As each room is depleted of your belongings, walk through to make sure nothing was left.  When the whole house is “empty,” it wouldn’t hurt for two people to walk separately through it, looking closely.  You have to assume that anything left behind will never be recovered.

I hope these tips will help you to plan and execute your move.  If you’re considering relocating to Silicon Valley, I would be happy to share my knowledge of our neighborhoods, home styles, demographics, schools and more.  Call me at (650) 947-2942, or go to my website and learn about 11 fabulous Silicon Valley cities and towns, one of which just may offer the lifestyle you’ve always dreamed of.

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How Silicon Valley Realtors assist in relocation


It’s obvious that when people move to Silicon Valley, they need housing, which makes turning to a qualified real estate agent a logical strategy.  But people who relocate here often ask more of their Realtors than simply to show them some available homes on the market. This is particularly true when the homebuyer is from outside the area – or outside the country.  There’s a lot to learn when moving to a new place, and since finding the ideal home is usually the first step in relocation, it’s the Realtor who is called upon for important local information.

Silicon Valley market trends high on the list

A real estate agent in Silicon Valley should be able to talk intelligently about topics of interest to relocating individuals and possibly their families.  For most people buying a home in the Bay Area, current market stats, past market trends and projected trends for the future are critical discussion points.

Although the buyer may also consult banks and other financial institutions, attorneys, online research sources and others in planning a relocation to Silicon Valley, they expect their Realtor to have a “finger on the pulse” of the market.  And a good Realtor will be able to get the answers buyers need, either through personal knowledge or through a network of professional contacts.

Bay Area schools

Homebuyers who have young children are keenly interested in the quality of educational opportunities for their kids.  Real estate agents are often asked about the reputation of schools in the neighborhoods or cities the buyer is investigating.  The agent should have a decent working knowledge of the region’s top schools and be able to direct the buyer to other resources for more in-depth information.

Local and nearby amenities

When working with buyers new to Silicon Valley, real estate agents can serve as virtual tour guides, describing the types of shopping, entertainment and recreation venues proximal to the neighborhoods the relocating individual is considering.  Living in a community is about much more than just the home itself, and Realtors who are familiar with the area can relay interesting facts about various areas and help home seekers feel at home even before moving in.

A wealth of general knowledge

Home sales trends in Silicon Valley along with schools and local amenities are common topics relocating buyers are interested in, but there are many other topics that could arise as the Realtor and buyer work together.  Having lived in Silicon Valley my entire life, I feel comfortable when homebuyers ask me questions of all types.  Living here for so long combined with continual research and learning about the numerous communities that comprise Silicon Valley has made me confident that I’ll be able to either answer questions directly or quickly find the answers I need through a wide network of resources and contacts.

Relocating to a new area is a big event in anybody’s life.  As a dedicated Silicon Valley Realtor, my job is to make the process as comfortable, informative and rewarding as possible.  If you’re considering a move to the Bay Area, I can help you find the house you’re dreaming of and understand your new community as if you’ve lived there for years.  Call (650) 947-2942.

Interested in buying or selling real estate in Silicon Valley?  Explore the possibilities.