San Joaquin Valley Homes Blog

Blog Archive for September, 2016

Rev Up Your Kids’ Education at SJV Homes

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: September 26, 2016 | Comments Off on Rev Up Your Kids’ Education at SJV Homes

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The well-being of your kids is the most important part of your life. So you moved into one of our SJV homes because it offered more space and better facilities for them. You even picked the development based on its surrounding school district. Now that fall has started, you’ve sent your little ones to school with the hope that they get a good education. Rev up their chances of academic success with these tips.

Set up a study center.

Laying out a place just for your kids to study in elevates their efforts to something special. A logical location would be their bedrooms but only if your children are disciplined students. Otherwise, their bedrooms contain too many distractions, such as toys and video games. You want to put the study center in an area that’s free from distraction and where you can keep an eye on them. A spare room that doubles as your office would be ideal. Another possibility is a corner of the great room where you can watch them even while you’re cooking or tending to household chores.

Include the right furniture and supplies.

At minimum, the study center should have an expansive desk to set out homework or projects, a straight-backed chair to encourage good posture, and a bright light that is either overhead or attached to a wall to maximize the desk surface. Include plenty of well-organized materials, such as pens, pencils, rulers, paper, rulers, and scissors, so you kids don’t waste time looking for supplies. A black board or dry erase board is helpful for jotting down ideas and notes while a bulletin board can hold calendars and notices. A computer and printer are also necessities. Read the rest of this entry »

Selling Your Unneeded Stuff Before Moving Into Your New Central Valley Home

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: September 19, 2016 | Comments Off on Selling Your Unneeded Stuff Before Moving Into Your New Central Valley Home

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You can’t wait to move into one of our homes for sale in the Central Valley. You’re eager to start anew in your modern home. You’ve already sold your current house and need to start packing. Do you really want to keep all the furniture, clothes, household goods and children’s toys you’ve collected along the way?

You could hold countless garage sales, sell through eBay auctions, and donate the remainder to charity. But you don’t have the time and energy to go through these efforts. A more convenient option that could potentially net you more income is to hold an estate sale. Read the rest of this entry »

Fall Maintenance Tips From San Joaquin Valley Homes

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: September 12, 2016 | Comments Off on Fall Maintenance Tips From San Joaquin Valley Homes

Home maintenance problem: Fall leaves in rain gutter.

You’ll enjoy at least two maintenance advantages when you finally move into one of our San Joaquin Valley homes. First, our mild weather year-round means you don’t have to worry about dealing with the snow and frost that homeowners suffer in colder climes. Second, because your home is new, maintenance chores should take no time at all. But you don’t want to skip these tasks because they get you into the habit of doing them every year at this time. Regular maintenance is one of the keys to increasing the value of your house.

Maintain your heating systems.
Inspect your fireplaces and chimneys to make sure they’re free of creosote, which can ignite and start a fire. If you don’t know how to check out your chimney, have it inspected by a professional chimney sweep, who can also clean and perform any necessary maintenance. Keep the flue closed when not in use. Check your furnace filter and replace it, if needed. Be aware that these filters work in only one direction, so insert them properly so you don’t inhibit airflow. Read the rest of this entry »

Hanford Sentinel: “Kings County: Taking the business pulse”

Categories: Media Coverage | Posted: September 7, 2016 | Comments Off on Hanford Sentinel: “Kings County: Taking the business pulse”

Kings County home builders have taken out permits for 259 new single-family homes so through Sept. 1. That compares to 199 permits for the same period last year, according to Construction Monitor. That is around a 30 percent increase year-over-year. Value of the single-family home permits are also up – to $59 million from $43 million.

The value of all commercial projects in the county over the same period has also climbed in 2016. So far this year, commercial building projects are valued at $71 million compared to $22.6 million through the first 8 months of 2015.

Home builders permit valuation ranked by top five are Lennar with 44 units, San Joaquin Valley Homes with 57 permits, Woodside Homes with 23, Blue Mountain Construction with 16 homes and Wathen Castanos with 25. Most of the new homes are being built in Hanford.

John Lindt is an independent business reporter. He can be reached at Sierra2thesea@gmail.com

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Spelling Bees and Academic Decathlons in the San Joaquin Valley

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: September 5, 2016 | Comments Off on Spelling Bees and Academic Decathlons in the San Joaquin Valley

Spelling bee spelled out with letter blocks.

Competition can be healthy for kids. It teaches them to set goals, learn skills to achieve what they want, solve problems, and keep trying until they succeed.

It’s true in sports – and in academics.

In Kings County, where many of our San Joaquin Valley homes are located, two of our favorite annual events are the Spelling Bee and the Academic Decathlon

Spelling Bee
While the popularity of texting shorthand may be endangering our collective ability to spell correctly, knowing how to spell is an important necessity for daily life. If your kids are in grades 1 to 8 and studying in public, private or home schools, they can participate in the Spelling Bee. A lot of work is needed to compete: contestants get only one chance to spell a word correctly, or they’re eliminated. (First graders do not get eliminated in the first round.) Read the rest of this entry »

Builder Magazine: “Central Valley’s SJV Homes Celebrates 500 Homes Sold”

Categories: Media Coverage | Posted: September 1, 2016 | Comments Off on Builder Magazine: “Central Valley’s SJV Homes Celebrates 500 Homes Sold”

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San Joaquin Valley Homes, a builder active in California’s Central Valley, has closed on its 500th home, just in time for the company’s third anniversary.

Founders Joseph Leal, Jim Robinson, and Randy Merrill celebrated their milestone by surprising their 500th homeowner, Jose Sanchez, with a new barbecue grill, a $500 Lowes gift card and a $500 check.

“I was expecting to walk in and pick up my keys, then I find out I’m the 500th buyer and they want to do something special for me,” Sanchez said. “I was excited. I’ve never won anything before. I’m thinking, this must be my lucky day!”

SJV Homes has worked on seven Central Valley subdivisions so far, with two more in the works.