Your Relocating Checklist for Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs is a gorgeous community filled with amazing adventures, job opportunities, learning, history, outdoor recreations and so much more. No one will question your urge to move to our city that is nestled next to the mountains with a view of Pikes Peak day in and day out, hiking trails almost everywhere you look, and beautiful weather with 300+ days of sunshine. Truly, we don’t think you can find better! We do know that however excited you are for your move to Colorado Springs, stress is a part of any moving journey. For that reason, we have compiled a list that can help guide you during one of the most stressful events in anyone’s life, MOVING!
- FIND A REALTOR: Finding a realtor, even before you have entered our great city will be one of the best things you can do for your move. Your realtor can help guide you in the steps of house hunting, whether you’re just planning to rent in the beginning or finding a home you can buy. On that note, once you settle on a realtor, and you’re planning on purchasing a home, we highly recommend you find a mortgage lender and work on pre-approval so you won’t have any heartbreak when you find the home you and your family love.
- RESEARCH THE NEIGHBORHOODS: We have many great neighborhoods throughout the whole of Colorado Springs, all with their own perks and amenities. We also have many school districts you can pick from within the Colorado Springs area, all of which your realtor should be able to assist getting information on so you can pick the best location for you and your family. We have many of the communities highlighted right here on RTCS! Click here to see what Colorado Springs has to offer.
- LOOK INTO A MOVING COMPANY OR TRUCK RENTAL: Hiring someone else to help you with the actual moving process can help take loads off your shoulders. Let someone do the drive if it falls into the budget. You can even hire companies to come into your home and pack everything right up! If not, research which truck rental company best suits your needs. Boxes are a NECESSITY when moving, but you don’t always have to buy them. Ask a local realtor if they know of anyone who just moved into their home and is wanting to get rid of their moving boxes. Also, liquor stores are a great place to find boxes if the owner is willing to let you have them (these are small and easy to carry, too.) Exhaust all the possibilities for free boxes before you spend big bucks at a moving supply store.
- UTILITIES: Once you get to Colorado Springs, you’ll put your name on the utilities for your new home. Depending on your exact location, you may use Colorado Springs Utilities (https://www.csu.org/Pages/default.aspx) or Mountain View Electric Assoc. (https://www.mvea.coop/). Many homes here also use natural gas as a part of their home heating (and more). Black Hills Energy (https://www.blackhillsenergy.com/) is a natural gas servicer around our area. Your realtor can also help you with finding out who the utility servicers are for your home.
- UPDATE YOUR LICENSE: Once you get moved in, you will want to head down to one of our DMV’s (https://dmv.colorado.gov/driver-license-office-locations) to transfer or update your license. There are 3 locations you can choose from (4 if you have access to Fort Carson).
(a) Garden of the Gods DMV
1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80907
(b) Colorado Springs-Southeast
5650 Industrial Place, STE 100, Colorado Springs, CO 80916
(c) Colorado Springs-Union Town Center
8830 N. Union Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80920
(d) Fort Carson
6351 Wetzel Ave, Bldg 155, Highway 115 and Gate 1, Fort Carson, Co.
- LICENSE YOUR PET: Depending on your exact area in and around Colorado Springs, it may be required by law to license your pets. You can head over to https://www.hsppr.org/law/license-your-pet/ for information on how to get a license for your pets and if you are required to do so (hint, all cats and dogs over 4 months old must be licensed in Colorado Springs).
- CHANGE YOUR ADDRESS: You can head to the closest post office (locations of post offices within and around Colorado Springs can be found here: https://www.postallocations.com/co/city/colorado-springs) and complete a form to update your address, or you can choose to do it from the comfort of your own home (https://www.usps.com/manage/forward.htm). Once you update your address at the post office, you will also want to go into your personal accounts (bank, bills, insurance etc.) and update your address there as well.
- GET TO KNOW YOUR COMMUNITY: Look for local meet ups, activities, sports, events, festivals, farmers markets and more. We have an amazing downtown area that hosts tons of events for the whole family to enjoy. Find a local hiking group so you can get out and enjoy our beautiful scenery. Enroll the kids in little league. There is so much to do here and you don’t want to miss out on making the best memories and opportunities our great town has to offer.
We have a very helpful directory page on here RTCS, where you can find your community before you even move here. I would highly suggest checking it out!