You’re gearing up to move across the country, looking to find your new home among the many Denver apartments that are available. No doubt you’ve received plenty of moving tips and advice from family and friends as you prepare for your new life. But if you’ve never lived in the mountains, experienced harsh winters or been exposed to lots of sunshine, the following tips can help you prepare for your big move:
If possible, stay in a hotel for a week or two while you scout out your new digs. You can narrow-down your list of appealing apartments before you go and arrange in advance to visit various properties. That’ll also give you the opportunity to decide if the neighborhood surrounding your new apartment feels comfortable.
As you tour properties in Denver, talk to people you see in hallways or other common areas and ask what they do and don’t like about the complex and neighborhood. This will help you find out about the guy that works second shift and isn’t considerate of the fact that everyone else is sleeping when he gets home.
Ask people if they’re satisfied with how management handles snow and ice removal, too. While the state and city will take care of major roadways, apartment complexes will generally hire snow-removal contractors for walkways and parking areas.
Before you move, find out whether your current renters insurance will cover your belongings on the move west, or whether you’ll need additional coverage. Arrange for renters insurance at your new apartment, too.
Preparing for the environment
The environment in Denver can seem extreme to newcomers. Among the most challenging aspects of life in Denver are adjusting to the altitude, driving in large amounts of snow and staying safe in the sun. Here are some basic strategies for acclimating to your new environment:
Altitude. Although Denver is 5,280 feet above sea level, the altitude usually doesn’t cause problems for fit, healthy folks. However, if you have health problems, consult with your doctor about how you should best deal with the change in altitude. You may find you have to change some of your habits to adapt to the altitude, like cutting back on caffeine, salty foods and alcohol. Hire a moving company to help with the heavy lifting, and avoid rigorous exercise until you’re acclimated to your new environment.
Winter weather. Denver winters tend to come with large amounts of snow, which can quickly make roads impassable. The Colorado Department of Transportation has nearly 2,000 snow removal workers in the winter, although high winds can make snow removal efforts ineffective. Snow removal vehicles use several different applications to clear the roads, one of which includes sand that could damage your car if you get too close.
Get an emergency kit for your car, just in case you’re ever stranded in snowy conditions. And get the latest road condition information on the Colorado DOT website.
Sun safety. The risk of sunburn or skin cancer may not immediately come to mind when you think of Denver, but the city’s altitude means residents are closer to the sun and run a greater risk of melanoma. Take sun protection seriously, limiting time outdoors between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
A fresh start
Making a big move can be intimidating, but think about all the great scenery and outdoor activities you can look forward to in Denver. Prepare in advance for the different climate and altitude, and take time to carefully choose your new place to live to ensure you have a positive experience when you get to Denver.