Colorado is one of the most extraordinary states in the United States for several reasons, one of which is the incomparable Rocky Mountains. However, one unfortunate occurrence in many American lives is when a person moves to a new state and regrets it. If you’re worried about regretting a move to Colorado, we’ve got some great tips and advice to help. With our moving to Colorado checklist, you’ll never have to worry you’ll regret moving to Colorado.
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Moving to Colorado Checklist
Below are the essential tasks that you need to accomplish before moving to Colorado. If you do, your move will be less stressful, and you’ll arrive in our beautiful state in a good state of mind.
1. Contact Movers about 6 Weeks Before Your Moving Date
Unless you plan to move (which we don’t recommend), you should start contacting movers about six weeks ahead of time. That way, you can get three or four estimates and compare them first. Once you do, you can choose the best mover and have them put you on their schedule. This is even more important during the summer months when millions of more families are moving.
2. Start Buying Packing Materials if You Plan to Pack Yourself
Even if you hire movers, many people pack their things themselves. The fact is, many items in the typical household are easy to pack. From toys and books to pots, pans, shoes, clothes, tools, linens, and more, packing yourself can save an awful lot of money. At SecurCare, we sell a variety of boxes as well as packing tape, paper, pads, and more. If you have questions about packing, you can always chat with us online!
3. Gather All of Your Important Paperwork
There is a lot of paperwork that’s important in the typical person’s life. Before moving anywhere, it’s a good idea to gather all of it up and make sure you have everything. Make sure you have all of your documents together so you don’t regret moving to Colorado hastily. Some of the vital paperwork you need to assemble includes:
- School records for your kids.
- Marriage licenses.
- Social Security cards.
- Investment paperwork, including stocks, bonds, 401(k), etc.
- Tax documents
- Deeds to your home, land, and properties.
- Automobile titles.
- Medical Records for the entire family.
- Passports and driver’s licenses.
- Vehicle Registration records.
- Veterinarian records for any pets.
4. Start Searching for a City or Town that Suits your Lifestyle Best
If you can, it’s highly recommended you travel to Colorado before moving there with regrets you didn’t know enough about it. That way, you can decide what part of the state you like best and start looking for a community and home. Choosing a neighborhood and town nearest to your work is always a good idea, when possible. It would be best if you also decided whether you want to live in the city or outside of it, (and which city).
5. If You Have Kids, Pick a Community with Good Schools
One vital task to accomplish if you have children in school is to pick a community with excellent schools. Interestingly, a new and more difficult rating system was just put in place by the Colorado Board of Education. That means many schools will likely see a drop in their ratings. However, the top five school districts in the state will probably be unaffected. They include;
- Lewis-Palmer School District #38 – Monument, CO
- Cheyenne Mountain School District 12 – Colorado Springs, CO
- Weld RE-4 School District – Windsor, CO
- Steamboat Springs School District RE-2 – Steamboat Springs, CO
- Summit School District – Frisco, CO
6. Pack Lots of Outdoor Gear and Sports Equipment
Depending on your age, family status, and ability, Colorado offers fantastic outdoor adventures. You’ll never regret moving to Colorado if you love the outdoors! Make sure to bring plenty of outdoor gear and sports equipment. Some of the most popular outdoor sports and activities include:
- Skiing (#1 in Colorado!)
7. Rent a Storage Unit Before You Arrive
One recommendation we have is to put renting a storage unit on your Moving to Colorado Checklist before you arrive. That way, you can find take your time finding an affordable house in an affordable community. Also, some people rent a storage unit to store some of their things and buy a smaller home. Depending on your needs, it’s an affordable option that can be helpful financially.
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Don’t Regret the Cost of Living in Colorado- It’s High.
Depending on where you’re moving from, Colorado may be a bit more expensive. Only 16 states in the U.S. are higher than we are, putting Colorado firmly on the expensive side. Sure, if you move here from Hawaii, California, New York, or Massachusetts, you’ll be paying less for most things. Still, there are a few costs here that make our state more expensive. That’s especially true for housing which is one of the main reasons Colorado’s cost of living is high. If you move from 34 other states, you should be prepared to pay more for many of your monthly bills. Below are the numbers for the 8 most significant cost indices and how they stack up to the average US costs: (100 is the U.S. average.)
- Overall- 121/100
- Groceries- 101/100
- Healthcare- 96/100
- Housing- 166/100
- Utilities- 98/100
- Transportation- 107/100
- Miscellaneous- 100/100
- Median home cost- $384,000.00
As you can see, housing is the only cost that’s significantly higher than the national average. All the rest are only a few percentage points higher or under the average, which is excellent.
You Won’t Regret Living in Colorado Overall
We find it hard to believe that anyone would regret moving to Colorado! Our state is gorgeous, relatively affordable, and offers an astounding amount of natural beauty and activities. We’re SecurCare, the self-storage experts in Colorado. We offer clean, safe, and affordable storage units all around the Centennial State.
If you have questions about renting a storage unit in Colorado, you can chat with us online anytime. Even better, visit a local SecureCare facility and talk in person with the on-site manager. They can answer any questions, show you the different storage units and arrange everything for you. Until then, best of luck moving to Colorado. We hope our moving to Colorado checklist has been helpful. More than that, we help you never regret moving here!