Post # 1
My FI and I decided today that we want to move to Colorado this fall! I fell in love when I visited a few years ago, and we really want to start our life together there.
We want to find an area close enough to city to get groceries, work, and go to the doctor, etc, but far enough away to have horses, land, etc.
Where do we start? Anybody else moved blindly cross country?!
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
If I were to move, I’d start with lining up a new job and finding a place to rent for a year so that I could get to know the area firsthand before buying.
You may have better luck posting this on the Local board for Colorado.
Post # 4
This is what we did.
@faitherfordandtom: it is epensive to move across country and start over so while there is an ideal way to do it (get job first etc) you dont have to if you have a cushion of money.
We put all our stuff in a POD and stored it.
We rented a month to month furnished sublet while we explored the areas to determine the best place to live while looking for jobs. (city-data.com is a great website with forums where you can ask questions about citys and areas etc)
Then when we were ready we rented something more long term and had our belongings delivered.
We did move without jobs, but this was right before the economy tanked. I found a job within 10 days and my DH (then BF) took 6 months.
As I said, its very expensive to move across country so be prepared to pay for it. Especially if you dont have a job lined up.
Post # 5
For starters, I’d consider what we both do for work and what the job market is like in that area. What line of work are you guys in?
You need to consider an area, and maybe take some time to go out there and scout the area. I would definitely store my stuff and take just the necessities at first, renting short term to make sure I liked the area and wanted to stay before I paid to move everything across the country.
Something else to think about is how different the lifestyle will be and are you going to be able to adjust. Based on your listed location I’m guessing you guys are in GA? Do you currently live in a remote area? How will you handle so many months of winter and snow?
Just things to think about.
I’m an east coast girl (NC) and my DH and I are actually flying out to CO next week for our delayed honeymoon. It’ll be my first time, but everyone I know who goes out there loves it.
Post # 6
@faitherfordandtom: we live in Evergreen, CO. It’s about 25 min from downtown denver but it is in the mountains. We have 3 acres but there is a place with 10 acres across from us. It is a wonderful town with a lake and amazing parks and open spaces. I highly recommend it. There are two grocery stores, a natural food store, lots of shops and boutiques, dr offices and urgent care, etc. right in town, and malls and hospitals are only 20 min away.
What do you do for a living?
Post # 7
I blindly moved 1,200 miles for my (then) boyfriend. I was born and raised in California and was comfortable there! He was local, too!
He joined the Navy, shipped off and moved to Oklahoma. We got together, and I moved out to OKC with him. I had visited before, but otherwise I was totally blind. It took me a while, but I found where places were. At first I was doing my shopping at the Target, and then I found a smaller grocery store totally like 2 minutes away.
Explore a little when you guys settle in. You’ll find neat little places to do your needs shopping.
It may be difficult to find exactly what you want, but stick to it, and good luck!
Post # 8
@Stargaze31: Thanks so much! That is exactly the sort of area we’re looking for!
I am a photographer (portraits, wedding, and commercial) and he is a locksmith/ jack of all trades. We are prepared financially for the move, but everyone’s idea of storing our stuff until we are settled in is such a good idea!
Post # 9
I lived in Parker, CO which at the time was pretty out there. However, a little further out, I had a lot of friends that lived in Franktown and majority, if not all of them, had horses and property. Another consideration would be Castle Rock. Otherwise, I love the above poster’s idea of Evergreen.
For what it’s worth, I would move back to CO in a heartbeat. You will LOVE it! Unfortuantely DH will never move from MD unless work took him away. And even then, it would probably only be to Philly.
Post # 10
FYI yes there is a lot of snow as it in snows often and at least 6 inches all the time. BUT, it is usually gone and melted the next day. People actually know how to drive in the snow and the roads are well taken care of. The weather is one of the best things about CO – over 300 days of sunhine per year. It’s warm and usually very mild with then exception of about 2 weeks of bitter cold (think 0 zero degrees) in early January.
Post # 11
You bees are awesome! The weather is the reason we want to move out there, with the expectation that we will take a few weeks each winter to return back home (yes, to Georgia) to visit our families, and do our vacations.
I’m a photographer, and he is a locksmith, though also has some mechanics training. Honestly, he can find work anywhere near-ish a city, and no matter where I go, I will need to rebuild clientele.
We do live in a rural area now, but have also lived in Suburbia and in downtown areas. We adjust super well to new surroundings, and are so excited about the difference in lifestyle!
I will definitely look into the areas you all mentioned; Evergreen sounds exactly like what we are looking for!
Post # 12
Ahhh so jealous of you – this is exactly our plan, but we have to wait a few years before we can take the leap. Colorado is so beautiful!
Post # 13
As others have said, finding a job isn’t necessarily easy these days. Take into consideration what you do now and if you’re willing to consider working in another type of job. We have some friends who moved here from across the county because they liked it and he found a job, but it took her forever to find even part-time employment and they ended up moving back after about 2 years.
It sounds like you might be happy living farther from Denver than other people are suggesting – take a look at places in other parts of the state. There are lots of other cities/towns that you could live in/around where it would be cheaper to have land. Most places are near some town that would have groceries, doctors, etc. If you’re looking to be near a bigger metropolitan area city, then that is a different story. Some other good areas to consider would be around Gunnison, Durango, Grand Junction, Fort Collins and the smaller towns around those and other places.
Ski resort towns will also be more expensive to live in, but I have a few cousins who have moved from across the county to mountain towns near ski areas that are reasonble to live in – they don’t have land though.
Post # 14
I live in Fort Collins, which is the 4th biggest city in Colorado and it’s fantastic! It’s been rated one of the top cities to live in the US. The outskirts of town are perfect for horse property and it’s very close to the foothills. It’s about 60 miles to the north of Denver and for me that’s just far enough away from the capital but close enough to drive to visit the zoo, art museum and sporting events.
Post # 15
@faitherfordandtom: Let me just say that I am seriously jealous of your move. I went a few weeks ago and fell in love and begged and begged my FI if we could move their in a few years. Fingers crossed!!
Good luck with it all though :}
Post # 16
I just wanted to comment because I saw you are from Conyers! I just stayed in Covington for a few nights and I’m bugging my SO to move to Georgia. We can trade?
I LOVE Colorado though and will probably never leave…