It’s no secret Colorado is a great place to live. From the incomparable Rocky Mountains to a thriving economy, the Centennial State has it all. If you or someone you know is fortunate enough to be moving to Colorado in the near future, we encourage you to check out the following checklist for newcomers.
Head to the DMV
Let’s get the not-so-fun stuff out of the way first. While going to the DMV soon after your arrival might seem like a drag, it’s something every transplant must do. The Department of Revenue gives new Colorado residents 30 days to transfer their driver’s license and 90 days to transfer their vehicle. Pro tip: save yourself additional trips to the DMV and use this time to also register to vote and sign up to be an organ donor.
Choose where to live
This obviously depends on your lifestyle and work situation. If you’re working somewhere along the Front Range, chances are you’ll be looking at neighborhoods in Fort Collins, Denver, Colorado Springs, or surrounding suburbs of these major cities. Would you rather be away from urban life, even if it meant having to pay more for your house? Then we suggest browsing listings in mountain locales such as Vail, Breckenridge, and Steamboat Springs.
Find the right school(s)
Colorado ranks 11th in education, according to U.S. News. That said, it’s still important to research school districts if you’re moving with kids. Jefferson County, Douglas County, Denver, Cherry Creek, and Boulder Valley all top the list of Colorado school districts in 2019. Parents should also take the time to look into charter and private schools in the state.
Acclimate to altitude
There’s a reason the local professional sports teams have such an advantage at home. Altitude sickness is especially prevalent in Colorado and can throw even the fittest of athletes off their game. Our advice? Take it easy the first few weeks you’re here, whether you’re exercising or drinking alcohol. The last thing you want to do is go straight from sea level to running a marathon or participating in a brewery crawl at altitude.
Once you’re finally settled in, you’re ready to explore everything our beautiful state has to offer. There’s only one problem — you aren’t sure what to do first. Should you hike a 14er before sampling a few craft beers? Should you attend a concert at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheater? When it comes to having fun in Colorado, the possibilities are endless. So enjoy every adventure and avoid doing something to cross it off your list.
A few more things to know about Colorado
Now that you have a better idea of what it takes to move to Colorado, let’s look at three other things to know about the state.
Coloradans are (generally) healthy
You can pretty much count on Colorado being one of the healthiest states in the country for years to come. Considering the landscape, this shouldn’t be much of a surprise. Many Coloradans prefer being outdoors when they exercise as opposed to limiting themselves to a gym. Just know that climbing and summitting many of the state’s peaks requires being in peak physical condition. Remember to start slow before making your way up to more challenging hikes.
There’s plenty of sunshine
Ask any longtime Coloradan and they’ll rave about their 300 days of sunshine, annually. Don’t let the current season stop you from soaking up some natural vitamin D! Even a 20-minute walk during your lunch break can have a significant impact on your overall mood.
Rent prices continue to soar
According to Zillow, the median price of homes listed in Colorado is nearly $429,000, while the median price of homes that sold is almost $370,000. Compare these prices to the state’s median rent of $1,300 for a two-bedroom apartment, and it’s apparent why more Coloradans are looking to buy a home of their own. With no end to rising rent prices in sight, now is a good time to invest in yourself and start the home buying conversation with a real estate agent.
Contact American Home Agents
There’s no question that moving to Colorado has its challenges, especially if you’re shopping long distance. Now imagine trying to buy a house here without the help of an experienced realtor. This is where American Home Agents comes into play. At American Home Agents, the client is always the top priority. You can count on our realtors to put their years of experience to work for you.
Reach out to American Home Agents at (303) 695-5900.